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  1. https://loopvids.s3.amazonaws.com/July28Post.mp4 What does humor and hypnosis have in common? A very similar linguistic structure. Most people never think much about language. We learn it, we use it and that's that. But studying the structure of language can give you a huge advantage. One, because the structure of language IS the structure of thought. When you speak not only articulately but entertainingly, people will make a LOT of assumptions about you. Most of them subconscious. They'll assume, subconsciously, that your brain is as interesting as
  2. https://loopvids.s3.amazonaws.com/July27Post.mp4 We like people with strong frames. This is as instinctive as liking food that tastes good. We like people who are confident that they can handle things that come up. But unfortunately, there are very few people like this in real life. And the "alpha types" in the movies are almost always incorrectly written. Very serious, never smiling, always scowling, kind of a brooding, loner type. What would a REAL alpha be like? Let's imagine this from an ancient, instinctive perspective. Alpha, of course, is a l
  3. https://loopvids.s3.amazonaws.com/July26Post.mp4 It's very hard for our brains to see structure. Even when it's pointed out, it's easy to forget. Like you might take a class in popular music theory. You might spend a lot of time studying chords and chord progressions. How chord progressions are constructed. What it means to have chord-discord etc. You might spend a lot of time studying what they call the "wheel of fifths." You might even get into the ancient cult of Pythagoras. Who noticed, experimentally, that certain ratios sound very, very nice t
  4. https://loopvids.s3.amazonaws.com/July25Post.mp4 What's the difference between hypnosis and humor? Timing. The linguistic structures are the same. Ambiguities, reframing. You can use ambiguities to fade somebody's brain while telling them a bunch of somewhat disconnected stories. Ambiguities on the sentence level. Ambiguities on the structural level. You have three or four stories on the same kind of theme. Like overcoming some kind of social anxiety. You tell four stories all about people who overcame some kind of social anxiety. But by t
  5. https://loopvids.s3.amazonaws.com/July23Post.mp4 There are a lot of reasons we like somebody. Not just guys liking girls or girls liking guys. But how we subconsciously choose our friends. The people we end up hanging around at school and work. The subconscious things they project that we subconsciously pick up on. The way we kind of "sniff each other out" when we first meet them. Some new guy or gal is hired at work. They're introduced around, and we quickly form an opinion. Then as we continue to work with them, our opinion is either proved correc
  6. https://loopvids.s3.amazonaws.com/July22Post.mp4 About a year or so ago, I bought an instant pot. Fantastic. Pressure cooker. Couple of weeks ago, I started using it "boil" eggs. Learned from some lady on YouTube. They come out perfectly, every single time. But it's not like other instant pot recipes. Most of them, you throw it in, set the timer, and when the timer goes off, it slowly releases the pressure. Over about ten minutes or so. So there's no rush. But with eggs, you have to pay attention. The instant pot has two ways to relea
  7. https://loopvids.s3.amazonaws.com/Mar02Post.mp4 One common trait that most people enjoy is a sense of humor. It's one thing most ladies like in their men. It's one thing that most people dig in their friends. Even most movies, no matter how serious they are, need to have a bit of comic relief. Psychologist believe that humor is a kind of pressure relief valve. When we laugh, our bodies quickly tense up and then relax. Even animals like to goof around, seemingly for the same reason. But what goes in your brain when you laugh? What, specifically, is t
  8. https://loopvids.s3.amazonaws.com/Nov16Post.mp4 Everybody loves a sense of humor. Humor comes in two levels. Pre-planned, and spontaneous. One is based on an understanding of the structure of humor. Sometimes guys who write the funniest comedy movies and TV shows are the LAST guys you'd think are masters of humor. Other actors and comedians who look naturally gifted are really only excellent performers. I had a friend once who took his kid to see a famous comedian. The kid really admired the guy. The father and son made their way backstage to mee
  9. https://loopvids.s3.amazonaws.com/Nov13Post.mp4 There are two ways to make an impression on somebody. One is to be "better" than everybody else. This is what nearly everybody does. Even when we are having regular conversations with regular people, everybody tends to outdo one another. The loudest laugh, the most interesting comment or anecdote. Most of the stuff most people do is done to hopefully impress others. Imagine, just for a moment, that nobody was allowed to talk about things like watching documentaries, or other non-fictional material. Sure,
  10. https://loopvids.s3.amazonaws.com/Nov12Post.mp4 One of the most important ideas is flexibility. The more ways you can skin a cat, the more likely you'll skin a cat. If you can only skin a cat using your special cat skinning knife, and you can't find it, you won't be skinning any cats. Of course, nobody would really want to skin a cat. That would be dangerous. Cat's don't really like having their skin removed. But the idea of skinning cat, or more importantly the part about having more than one way to skin cat, is instructive. As all metaphors are. O
  11. https://loopvids.s3.amazonaws.com/Nov10Post.mp4 Laughter is a very powerful tool. From a purely physiological standpoint, it provides quick stress release. When we laugh, our body quickly contracts, and then releases. When we release, it also releases a lot of pent up stress. From a purely energetic standpoint, it's like a quick purge of bad energy. And it feels very good. Even in a bad situation, a quick comment can significantly relieve the stress. Long time ago I went to traffic school. The kind to keep a traffic ticket off your record. The
  12. Humor Instincts and Ambiguity: https://mindpersuasion.com/time-flies-like-an-arrow/
  13. If you watch a lot of TV, you'll find a lot of common characters. Once, a long, long time ago, a friend of mine and I made a discovery. We found that every comedy show has at least one guy that is kind of an idiot. The comic relief character. Little did we know that all fiction is made up of very common archetypes. For example, it's widely recognized that The Seven Samurai had a large influence on the first few Star Wars movies. If you watch both, you'll see that EACH of the Seven Samurai has a very close archetypical match to each Star Wars character. For ex
  14. One way to understand attractive personalities is to think in terms of ancient societies. Our brains, bodies and instincts are the same as they were tens of thousands of years ago. We humans just don't evolve very quickly. So, what personality characteristics are MOST attractive? The biggest problem in ancient societies was getting enough food. Of handling problems that came up during that process. Back then, you HAD to be productive. You had to be able to get stuff done. And the more stuff you could get done, the more TRUE CONFIDENCE you would radiate.
  15. There is a clear discrepancy between what we say we want, and what we really want. The things we TELL ourselves (and each other) what we want is based partially on what we SHOULD want. But the things we actively GET, especially when nobody's looking, is what we REALLY want. This is one main reason why marketing studies must be done like medical studies. As objectively as possible. If you ask people for feedback, they'll tell you what they think you WANT to hear. So marketers have to take care to set up special studies so they can OBSERVE what people choose. S
  16. Expanding conversational skills can leading to growing social circles. And if you are going to grow your social circles, you'll need a place to keep them. The thing about social circles is that most people have NO IDEA how big they can get. Which means if you have a small one to start off with, you might need to switch to a bigger container. And interesting thing about expanding social circles is they can lead unexpected opportunities. Of course, unexpected opportunities differ from expected opportunities. Expected opportunities tend to turn out differently than w
  17. One flexible source of meaning is any cause-effect. Our brains seem to struggle with any kind of cause-effect. If you are a scientist, and you need to PROVE that A causes B, it's not so easy. A common phrase that illustrates this is the famous, "correlation doesn't imply causation." Somebody, either in person or online, will mention that something causes something else. Or they'll imply it with the many handy linguistic tools built in to our brain. Then somebody will wisely say (or post): "Well you know, correlation doesn't mean causation." These can lea
  18. Next time you are in the middle of a randomly flowing conversation, do this experiment. Watch not only how people talk, but watch how the content of the conversation is an organically evolving "thing." Kind of like a beach ball at a concert or sporting event. People kind of see it bouncing around. When it comes their way they try and keep it bouncing around. Watch people watching this imaginary "conversational ball" floating around. Most people are doing a couple of things when they are NOT talking. They are paying attention to whoever is talking. And th
  19. One of the key ideas in Psycho-Cybernetics is to never compare yourself to others. This is also a helpful economic strategy. If you are always comparing yourself to your neighbors, you'll end up chasing an unachievable goal. Because no matter how well you do something, you can ALWAYS find somebody else who can do it better. This is similar to the dangers of being the "fastest gun" in any western town. As soon as you are recognized as the fastest gun, every goof west of the Mississippi will come and test you. Which means part of the job description of being the fas
  20. The reason we humans like to mingle with other humans is we are social animals. The reason we go places when we can potentially meet new people is because meeting new people is interesting. Especially if we "click" with those new people. Either friends or lovers, meeting new friends with whom we share a lot in common is a very comfortable and deeply human feeling. The very basic common strategy when doing that is we try our best to make ourselves stand out somehow. This is why we are careful about what we wear, and even how we speak and behave when we are around new an
  21. One way to quickly put people in a trancey mood is to talk about trancey things. It's one thing to specifically use hypnotic language structures, and either hypnotize them directly, or use covert hypnosis. But much easier way, especially if you are getting started, is to talk about trancey things. Things that do the work on their own. Their are plenty of interesting paradoxes in math and physics. But if you ONLY talk about the paradoxes, it won't be much different than a regular conversation. One person throws out one idea, and another person throws out another id
  22. There are many ways to put things or people into categories. For example, you could sort everybody on Earth into two categories. Those who are taller than you, and those who aren't. Those who are older and younger than you. And collection of things can be sorted in plenty of ways. One way to sort things is the type of things people talk about. An interesting experiment to do is to sit back mentally and be an observer. You can even do this while watching TV. Our brain has plenty of built in sorting features, most of which are running all the time. But ot
  23. There is this really goofy movie on Netflix (or maybe Amazon) called "Punching the Clown." It's comical story about the rise and fall of this guy who plays the guitar on stage while "singing" the lamest jokes you could ever imagine. Every event that caused his rise was a misinterpretation. Every event that caused his fall was equally a misinterpretation. If you're a fan of very dry, very tongue-in-cheek comedy, I highly recommend it. One of my favorite scenes is where he's "auditioning" for this very high level talent agent. The hero ALWAYS tells his jokes as if t
  24. English has a lot of ambiguities built in. It makes sense, considering the history of humans and language. Human language first showed up 50,000 years ago or so. Nobody really knows, since there wasn't a record until people started writing stuff down. And most people didn't start writing stuff down until they had a need to. And this was most likely for accounting reasons. Rich people wanted to keep track of how much stuff they had, and how much people owed them. But before that, we can imagine what kind of stuff people talked about. Hunting strategies, t
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