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  1. https://loopvids.s3.amazonaws.com/Mar06Post.mp4 A lot of things are acquired tastes. Like coffee and alcohol, for example. When I was a kid, my parents would make coffee in the morning. I'd never tasted it, so all I knew was the smell. I imagined it would be delicious. But once I took a sip, it kind of ruined it. I had an imagination of what it MIGHT taste like, but that was shattered by the awful taste. But then, I grew up and got the world famous coffee buzz. That's when I associated the taste with the effect. Now, it tastes good. Really good. Many people spend TONS of money on coffee, and have highly refined sense of different beans from different locations. All of this is due to our inherent "cause-effect" generator in our brains. An ancient brain algorithm that helps us to think very quickly. Sometimes this works in our favor, sometimes it doesn't. If you are a little kid, and you touch a hot stove, you'll have a danger "cause effect" hard wired into your little brain. Of course, these can be slowly overridden. If you use that same stove to cook on, you'll develop much more positive associations. Nice smells, good food, a few people helping out in the kitchen, etc. Cause-effect is the same thing animal trainers use. It's also the same thing we leverage when we study. The question is the cause, and the effect that we are hoping to build in is the answer. Of course, it's usually much more complicated than this. But we can train ourselves, we can be trained by our environment, and we can train others. This is happening all the time, so why not leverage it? One way to train others is by how you make them feel. This is definitely a longer game strategy. A "show don't tell" strategy. A "let them think it was their idea" strategy. How, specifically, does it work? You interact with somebody. You communicate with them in a certain way. Because of your unique communication style, they'll feel much better talking to you than most everybody else. Do this a few times, and they'll slowly associate those good feelings with you. Let this become your natural communication style and strategy, and EVERYBODY will soon associate their good feelings with you. This will create a very powerful, very virtuous cycle. Meaning people in general will begin to treat you differently. This will make YOU think differently about others. This will come across in your frame and your non-verbal communication. Shift your communication style, and build a completely new world for yourself. What, specific communication style? This One: https://mindpersuasion.com/tongue-fu/
  2. https://loopvids.s3.amazonaws.com/Dec21Post.mp4 A huge problem with us silly humans is misunderstanding cause and effect. Most of the time, we get it backwards. This is where we get anecdotes like putting the cart before the horse. For example, guys will see another guy talking to a girl. Both are obviously into each other. Body language is open. She's smiling and nodding while he's talking. She's laughing at his silly jokes. When he touches her on the arm, she doesn't recoil. Instead she leans into his touch, slightly, not too obvious. While she's listening and laughing and smiling, she's hoping he'll ask her for her number. The mistake comes from observing this. We see his words, his behaviors. The natural response is to see his words and behaviors as a CAUSE for her attraction. So we tend to copy them. This is pretty much how ALL game is created. But looking at the EXTERNAL BEHAVIOR. Even old school ideas like "cocky and funny" are like this. If you are confident (inner game) and have plenty of memories of past successes (inner game) that will make it very EASY to be cocky and funny. You don't even need to think about being cocky and funny. Cocky and funny is NATURAL behavior for humans in friendly conversations. So if you try cocky and funny, but WITHOUT the inner state, it will come across as incongruent. Any type of "game" or "PUA" behavior that requires conscious thinking is very, very dangerous. Dangerous because it's incongruent. Dangerous because if it doesn't work, it can crush your confidence even further. It's much, much better to build up a strong, inner state. So strongly that the outer behavior, the words, gestures, etc. happen automatically. And when you combine this inner strength with an understanding of the ancient, unconscious triggers that drive ALL male-female attraction, you'll have a MASSIVE advantage. This will allow you to walk into any social situation, and see who is ALREADY sending you signs of interest. Sings of interest because the girls that like you like you BEFORE you start talking to them. Creating attraction with words only is very, very, difficult. By amplifying existing attraction, on the other hand, is very, very easy. Learn this and you'll never worry about the ladies again. Get Started: https://mindpersuasion.com/get-girls/
  3. https://loopvids.s3.amazonaws.com/Sept03Post.mp4 One of our biggest thinking problems is mistaking correlation and causation. You'll see this everywhere. What's particularly amusing is if you trace a purely scientific research study. First it's written purely by academics for academics. Generally published in some kind of academic journal. Which means it needs to be approved an editor of an academic journal. But academic types need to earn a living just like everybody else. And many of these live off grants. And grants come from politicians. Which are the LEAST scientific people in society. So the next phase, after the academic paper is published, is to have it RE-WRITTEN by a science writer. For a more mainstream, yet still kind of scientific publication. Science writers are writers FIRST who have a working knowledge about science. So they need to dumb it down a little bit. And use some metaphors that aren't quite accurate. The next phase is when it's picked up by mainstream media. Which means it's SIGNIFICANTLY dumbed down for the masses. And given some kind of "hook." This is the stuff people read and talk about to make themselves sound intelligent. "Hey, have you heard the latest research?" "No, what is it?" "They found a link between bananas and erectile dysfunction!" "Wow, that's fascinating!" "Of course, correlation doesn't mean causation..." The problem with our ancient, instinctive cause-effect generator is not only was it calibrated for MUCH simpler times, it wasn't even supposed to be accurate. It was more of a "better safe than sorry" mechanism. If you THOUGHT that MAYBE there was a tiger hiding behind a bush, you MIGHT run away. But if your dumb caveman brain said, "Rustling bushes MEANS tiger" you'd run away much, much quickly. Our cause-effect generator was a FIGHT OR FLIGHT safety mechanism. It wasn't meant to find correlations between bananas and boners. But since it's an INSTINCT it's very hard to deal with. Especially when something BAD happens. Are brains are absolutely NOT wired to accept randomness. We HAVE to find reasons. Even super silly ones. Like not being able to get a boner because you ate too many bananas. But when something BAD happens, and there is no OBVIOUS cause, we have to FIND one. And the most common CAUSE of bad things is US. Somebody bad happens, and we ASSUME that we did something wrong. Even if was a random accident. When humans get dumped, (because we eat too many bananas) we always wonder: What did I do wrong? What's even WORSE is that because this is an instinct, all the BAD THINGS that happened when you were younger, you ASSUMED they were your fault. They. Were. Not. De-program yourself, and start enjoying life. Learn How: http://mindpersuasion.com/social-anxiety-killer/
  4. https://loopvids.s3.amazonaws.com/Aug26Post.mp4 One of the most powerful words is "because." A study demonstrated this. A woman was waiting in line at a copy machine. She asked if she could cut in line, and most people said no. Then she asked if she could cut in line BECAUSE her car was parked in a towing zone. Most people said yes. Then the researchers had her ask again, only this time, the reason made no sense. She asked if she could cut in line BECAUSE she had copies to make. And most people said yes. Researchers have also done plenty of studies on young children. As young as six months. They suspect we have a kind of "cause-effect generator" in our brains. Evolutionary psychologists believe this helped us to think much more quickly. As you likely know, our brains a very fast, but not very accurate. Turns out this wasn't such a big deal back in the old days. When we had to chase food, and predators were chasing us. But in modern times, it's much, much more complicated. We make a lot of causal connections when we are very young. Much too young to understand what's going on. Unfortunately, unless those early causal connections are "undone" by later life, they will shape how we see the world. A common example is a little kid touches a hot stove. And develops a phobia of the stove. But under normal situations, that kid will grow up around that stove. And associate that stove with food, eating, meals, meal preparation. All GOOD associations. Those good associations will naturally and organically overwrite the bad associations. For people who feel socially confident and outgoing, a similar process happened. Most kids learn a few times that expressing any desire is dangerous. Kids run around, happy and playful, and the adults yell at them. The learned association is, "expressing desire = bad." For lucky kids, they later detach that with opposite experiences. "Expressing desire = good" But for others, that doesn't happen. This is the source of social anxiety. It doesn't mean they're broken, or deficient. It only means some old programs are still operating. Luckily, it's pretty easy to overwrite them. And once they are overwritten, you can be your natural, outgoing and expressive self. Learn How: http://mindpersuasion.com/social-anxiety-killer/
  5. https://loopvids.s3.amazonaws.com/Aug22Post.mp4 A long, long time ago, human brains started to get really big. Eventually, a decision had to be made. Because our brains were getting so big, there was a problem with birth. There were essentially two choices. The first choice was that our hips could keep getting wider and wider, so our brains to keep getting bigger and bigger. That wasn't such a good option, because that would force us back to walking on four legs. So the next option was to have us born WAY before we were finished. This is why humans are helpless for the first couple of years. Compare this too all other mammals, who are mobile. Soon after they are born, every other mammal can get up and walk around. We humans, on the other hand, just lay there and stare off into space. For two whole years! Even after we can get up and walk around, our brains are still being built. In one study, they showed a bunch of kids a puppet show. A kid in the puppet show had some chocolate, and put it in a GREEN cupboard. Then later his mom took some of the chocolate out. She made a cake, and then she put it back into the BLUE cupboard. Then the original kid came back. And said he wanted some chocolate. The question to the kids WATCHING the puppet show was WHERE would he look? Not where the chocolate was, but where he THOUGHT it was. The older kids figured it out. But the kids four and younger couldn't. These means even four year old kids, who can walk around and use language pretty well, STILL don't understand about human intentions. They can't extrapolate what happened before and use that to guess what people are thinking. This is why plenty of our limiting beliefs are so, uh, LIMITING. They were programmed in BEFORE our brains were finished. Before we understood how OUR intentions are different from OTHER people's intentions. Before we could understand how to GUESS other people's intentions. For some lucky folks, with positive and supportive role models, they don't much of a problem. But for everybody else, we still are stuck with a lot of these limiting beliefs. Perhaps the most DANGEROUS and INSIDIOUS limiting beliefs is the one that creates social anxiety. The one that makes us feel anxious and nervous every time we even THINK about expressing ourselves. The more intelligent you are, the WORSE this feels. Since this was programmed on an emotional, NON-intelligent level. Luckily, there is a solution. A slow, safe gradual we to REMOVE social anxiety. Learn How: http://mindpersuasion.com/social-anxiety-killer/
  6. https://loopvids.s3.amazonaws.com/Aug21Post.mp4 All humans have "problems" with any ideas of causality. This commonly comes out when somebody says: "Correlation does not mean causation." A common example is that in summer, people buy more ice cream. And in summer more people go swimming. Since more people are going swimming, there are more shark attacks. So you COULD see a correlation between ice cream and shark attacks. By assuming CAUASATION, when there is really correlation, you would say that eating ice cream CAUSES shark attacks. This idea is also where a lot of superstitions pop up. For example, let's say you happen to be wearing your pair of purple underwear. And you happen to see an attractive person who smiles at you. It's easy to make a connection between the purple underwear and the smile. From then on, you'll believe your purple underwear is now your LUCKY underwear. This seems kind of silly. But academic researchers who NEED grant money know that finding ANY kind of CORRELATION is pure gold. They don't actually say X causes Y. But they don't need to. They just need to say X is LINKED to Y and they KNOW most people, including media goofs, will ASSUME that "linked" is a "cause-effect" word. If you want to persuade people, cause-effect is a very powerful way. Why are we so likely to assume cause-effect where none exists? Scientists believe it was a benefit. Our brains are fast but inaccurate. Maybe there was an ancient race of people who stood around trying to logically prove everything. But they all got eaten by tigers. The ones who survived were the ones who RAN AWAY first, and figured out why later. They've even done experiments on six month old babies. And they find these babies ASSUME plenty of cause-effect links where none really exist. This is interesting, but it's also VERY DANGEROUS. Turns out this cause-effect "instinct" is the main CAUSE of social anxiety. How so? From the ages of zero to two, most adults were encouraging us to stand up and talk. But then from the ages of two on, they did the opposite. They told us to sit down and shut up. This created a very DANGEROUS cause-effect "brain equation." One like this: Expressing Desire = Danger Unfortunately, this happened BEFORE we learned much about language and reality. Our brains aren't really finished cooking until we're AT LEAST seven. This means between the ages of TWO and SEVEN we are getting some VERY NEGATIVE messages. Messages that say expressing ourselves is dangerous. That calling attention to ourselves is dangerous. Luckily, we can DETACH that brain equation. And GET RID of social anxiety. Learn How: http://mindpersuasion.com/social-anxiety-killer/
  7. Hindsight Bias and Time Travel: https://mindpersuasion.com/the-history-erasure-paradox/ https://soundcloud.com/mindpersuasion/erasure-of-personal-history https://loopvids.s3.amazonaws.com/Aug07Loop.mp4
  8. https://mindpersuasion.com/specialty-coffee-and-the-speed-of-light/ Our Brains Are Not As Accurate As We Think
  9. 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/
  10. 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/
  11. 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/
  12. 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/
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