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One of the biggest problems we humans have is with logic. We believe that we think logically. We believe that we make decisions logically. But in reality, nearly all of our decisions are emotional. However, we also seem to have a need to remember our decisions as having logical and rational reasons behind them. And what is the structure of logic and reason? Cause and effect. If you've ever heard the phrase, "correlation doesn't imply causation," it's because we always confuse the two. Correlation is when two things are related. More shark attacks happen in summer, because more people are swimming. More ice cream is sold during summer, because it's hot. So ice cream sales and shark attacks are related. When one goes up, the other goes up. But it would be silly to say that buying ice cream CAUSES shark attacks. Or if you get bit by a shark it makes you want to buy ice cream. They are correlated, but NOT in a cause-effect way. But all our thoughts are LINKED together in a cause-effect way. Either a cause-effect way, or in a complex equivalent way. What is a complex equivalent? Any time we think one thing MEANS something else. People smiling at me MEANS they think I'm sexy. Or as my friends tell me, people smiling at me MEANS they think I'm funny looking. Nearly all our thoughts are structured this way. And most of them are wrong. Unless your thoughts are about proven scientific principles, they are an opinion. What does this mean? This means with a little practice, you can OBLITERATE any thought you like. Now, why would you want to do that? For one, it would make destroying insults a lot of fun. It would be build up your reputation as being a BAMF. It would also make you a party hero. Since you could take ANY statement anybody said, and flip it around until EVERYBODY is laughing. Or you could take the limiting beliefs inside you brain and smash them like a paper cup. What beliefs? Beliefs like making money IS hard. Talking to cute girls IS hard. Asking your boss for a raise IS difficult or scary. Once you understand the REAL fragility of our thought structures, you can have a lot of fun. Learn How: http://mindpersuasion.com/verbal-assassin/
Many natural cycles are self-reinforcing. For example, if you are in a bad mood, you will display bad mood energy. This will come across how you walk, how you look at people, and the tone of your voice. This bad mood energy will drive subtle bad mood communication. Which will tend to elicit bad mood responses from others. Which will further maintain your bad mood. Good moods are the same, but opposite. You walk with good mood energy. Good mood posture, good mood eye contact, good mood tonality. This creates good feelings in others, which drives their good mood behavior, which further enhances your good mood. People that are ALWAYS in a good mood tend to ALWAYS make people feel good just by being around. These people are said to "light up a room." People that are always in a bad mood tend to do the opposite. When they show up, everything thinks, "Oh, crap, I hope he doesn't come and talk to me..." These same self fulfilling cycles show up in many, many places. And some of the negative ones are so powerful they ruin our lives. Addictions, for example, are like that. They start off innocently enough. Trying something to feel good. But that only makes you want more. That ends up taking a toll on your body and your finances. Pretty soon you need a hit just to feel "normal." Finances can be the same way. Like a drug. Buying nice stuff feels pretty good. But the more stuff you buy, the less good it feels. Pretty soon your credit cards are maxed out, and there's no end in sight. Of course, there are plenty opposite cycles as well. These are very positive, and very powerful. Very life sustaining. Life enriching. You do things that make you feel good. But these same things ALSO improve your ability to do more things that make you feel good. Exercise is a perfect example. Once you get past a certain point, it feels GOOD to exercise. But it also IMPROVES your ability to exercise. The more you do, the more you CAN do. Positive habits are like this. And they all share one thing in common. They take a while to get going. Bad habits are the opposite. They are very EASY to start, and very HARD to stop. Good habits, on the other hand, are HARD to start. But once you get them going, they get easier and easier. And more and more rewarding. Most people think in terms of doing X to get Y. Do something, get something, and then stop doing that thing. Consider this idea a dangerous myth. That instead, it's a much better idea to build positive habits. So positive outcomes are natural and consistent. And happen automatically. Learn How: http://mindpersuasion.com/goal-setting-sucks/
One of the most common, yet least understood idea is cause and effect. On a very basic, scientific level, it's not so clear. There is an idea of entropy, or "disorder" of any system. The second "law" of thermodynamics is that entropy will always increase. The reason "law" is in quotes is that second law of thermodynamics is not quite a law. It's not something that can be mathematically derived. It's just something they always see happening, and they assume always WILL happen. The idea that as "time" goes on, the "entropy" or disorder of a system will increase. If you tell a bunch of kids to stand in the corner and then turn your back, they will not stay in the same place for very long. The same goes for molecules. Put a bunch of gas molecules in the corner of a room, and they won't stay there. This seems simple, but yet it is insanely complex. In a very real way, the only mathematical way to DESCRIBE the process of increasing entropy is that it has a higher probability. And it turns out the only reason TIME moves forward is because ENTROPY always increases. Cause MUST come before effect. Unfortunately, when humans think about this, we almost always get it backward. This why anytime anybody starts talking about any two variables, somebody always says: "You know, correlation doesn't mean causation." Meaning that just because two things HAPPEN at the same time doesn't mean they are related. Scientists believe the reasons we silly humans make all kinds of cause-effect connections is because it helped us think. Our brain is VERY expensive. Our brain, despite being pretty small compared to our muscles, uses 20% of our calories. So any time nature found a shortcut in thinking, it took it. Way back in the way when things were simple, making cause-effect links were helpful. Now they CAN be dangerous. For example, if the first guy or girl that dumped you had red hair, EVERY TIME you see somebody with red hair your monkey brain will feel a little bit of those old hurt feelings. If a little kid sees ONE dog barking loudly and angrily, they'll be afraid of most dogs. At least until they meet a few friendly ones. Most people aren't aware of this cause-effect generator that lives in our brains. But it's pretty simple. And easy to leverage. Meaning you can link behaviors that you LIKE with positive feedback, and they will SUBCONSCIOUSLY be driven to do those behaviors. Which behaviors? Any behaviors you like. Learn How: http://mindpersuasion.com/people-training/
Once upon a time a bunch of marketing types were doing some experiments. They had a woman wait in line to make copies. And she asked people if she could cut in line. At first, she just said, "Hey, can I cut in line?" Most said, "Um, no." The next phase was to come up with a valid excuse. "Hey, because my car is parked in the red, can I cut in line?" Most people said, "Sure, ok." So far so good. But then it got kind of goofy. They tried different things AFTER the word, "because." Even this worked: "Can I cut in line, because I have to make copies." Most people let her cut in line. It seems that "because" is a magic word. It creates a feeling of "cause-effect." Most people have a problem with cause and effect. It's the source of all superstition. We wear our lucky underwear because that one time we found a dollar on the street we were wearing them. So now anytime we go gambling, or want to become financially lucky, we wear our lucky underwear. They've done experiments with little kids and even as young as six months, they see this cause-effect generator in action. One common way this is presented is when two things happen in sequence. First A happens. Then B happens. And most people assume that A causes B. A lot of times we get things backwards. Like a newspaper headline says, "Diet Soda Linked To Obesity!" Now, which is more likely: Skinny people start to drink diet soda and THEN gain weight. Or skinny people gain weight and THEN start to drink diet soda. Either way, you can LINK obesity and diet soda. But as they say in the newspaper business, one is a "dog bites man" story, which is uninteresting. The other is a "man bites dog" story and is VERY interesting. You'll see these false "cause-effect" connections EVERYWHERE. They are particularly dangerous when they show up in authority and social proof. We tend to believe that because people know what's what, that CAUSES them to gain authority. But the opposite is almost always true. They gain authority in ways nobody can measure or predict. Then EVERYTHING they say is thought to be true. Their truth didn't CAUSE their authority. But we believe they speak truth BECAUSE they are in a position of authority. Most people, in most societies, during most of history, simply CANNOT think any thoughts SEPARATE or different from what the authorities say is OK. At the same time, society can ONLY progress when some people decide to do just that. Think DIFFERENTLY than every other "normal" person. Learn How: http://mindpersuasion.com/gurutrap/