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https://loopvids.s3.amazonaws.com/Nov19PostA.mp4 A sense of humor is something that people are said to "have." What, specifically, does this mean? George Lakoff, a student of Noam Chomsky, theorizes that we use verbs and prepositions to describe how we think about intangible nouns. For example, consider the idea that you are "in" a relationship. A relationship is an intangible noun. Another name for the word relationship is it is nominalization. A noun created from a process verb. To relate to somebody. The noun, "relationship" is created from that verb, "to relate". And since it's created from a verb that describes an ongoing process, it's really a metaphor. But HOW, specifically, we use these intangible nouns describes how we think about them subconsciously. According to Lakoff's theory, since we use the word "in" with the word "relationship" we think of it as a container. This is why sometimes we feel "trapped" by a relationship. Something we are "in," but can't get out of. Yikes! But back to the idea of a "sense of humor." We use "have" a sense of humor. This indicates it's an object that you can possess. There are people that HAVE a sense of humor, and people that don't HAVE a sense of humor. But since we think of it as an object that it is possible to possess, we can GET a sense of humor. Or we can DEVELOP a sense of humor. Just like you can DEVELOP any other skills. He's got some MAD photoshop skills, for example. That intangible noun, "photoshop skills" is not something anybody is born with. Which implies we can LEARN how to "get" the things people have. And you already know that people who HAVE a sense of humor tend to be more attractive, all else equal, than those who don't. Why goes into a "sense of humor?" Seeing things differently. Being able to reframe things. Doing so on the spot, not twenty minutes later. Having some basic communication skills. But above all, having the sense of humor INTENTION. What is the sense of humor intention? The deep, nearly subconscious desire to make people FEEL GOOD when you speak to them. To make people smile. To make people laugh. To create a lasting impression of you in their brain. Of somebody they ENJOY being around. Of somebody they WANT to see again. OF somebody they WANT to introduce to all their friends. A sense of humor is actually pretty simple to understand. There is a TON of overlap, in many ways, with covert hypnosis. Which means if you learn one, you'll learn the other. Get Started: https://mindpersuasion.teachable.com/p/party-hypnosis/
https://loopvids.s3.amazonaws.com/Oct31Post.mp4 You'll find chess metaphors everywhere. Let's say you comeback with a particularly witty comment that silences your opponent. Later you are describing this to your buddies. It would be appropriate, and understandable to describe this as "checkmate." Even if you never play chess, and don't even know the rules, it's still a very appropriate source of many, many metaphors. Ideas like protecting your king or queen. Advancing your pawns. Even the phrase, "only a pawn" is understood. Somebody that is sacrificed for a larger goal. King's, Queen's, Knights, Castles, all pieces of chess. And all characters in ancient medieval battles Conquering land, winning battles. Games are very much metaphors for battles. Because deep within our DNA is a collection of instincts that make us battle ready. To conspire and battle against large animals. To conspire and battle against enemy tribes. So the idea of conspiring and battling on a chess board, or a physical playing field feels very, very familiar. Even deeper, is we use metaphors in our daily language. Metaphors that illustrate how we think. For example, we use plenty of intangible nouns. Things that don't really exist. Like when we say we are IN a meeting. There is really no such thing as a meeting. It's a shared hallucination, and idea. But since we think of it as a container, we use the word, "in." Like we are IN love. But when we fight, even verbally, we use battle metaphors. We DEFEND our position. We OVERCOME objections. We WIN an argument. The best chess players think many moves ahead. The best debaters think many moves ahead. The mental structure is identical. If they do this, I can do this, which they may respond by doing this, that, or the other thing. This works with both chess moves and arguments. There is also whole school of mathematics surrounding this type of thinking. Game theory. This kind of thinking is EXTREMELY useful. Asking for a raise, passing a job interview, getting agreement on a touchy issue with a spouse, partner, or loved one. This is something you practice, just like chess. Luckily, all you need is your brain, and some time alone. Time to think and imagine, and some raw materials. What raw materials? Anything that anybody says. Real or fictional. Past or present. You can practice just like doing push ups or sit ups. Do a little bit every day, and get stronger and stronger. Since few people EVER practice verbal skills like this, you'll soon have a huge advantage. And you'll be able to win every verbal battle you find yourself in. Learn How: https://www.udemy.com/course/verbal-assassin/