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  1. https://loopvids.s3.amazonaws.com/Nov15Post.mp4 When I was younger, I loved to go backpacking. I started way back in junior high school in boy scouts. Then later when I first started working. Both day hikes and week long hikes have something in common. You drive as far as you can, park at the trail head, and start walking. For day hikes, we would generally find a peak we could climb in a day. A few miles up to the top, and then back down to the car. Some serious endurance athletes do day hikes to the top of Mt. Whitney and back. I knew a guy that di
  2. https://loopvids.s3.amazonaws.com/Oct22Post.mp4 Once upon a time, these two dudes, brothers, started an ambitious project. This was late in the 18th century. These two Europeans wanted to find "proof" of the bible. So they went around Europe, collecting as many local legends as they could. Their goal was to show that when you put all these local legends together, they would add up to the basic ideas of Christianity. When they were finished, all they had was a mishmash of a bunch of crazy stories that had nothing to do with Jesus or any other bible ideas. T
  3. https://loopvids.s3.amazonaws.com/Sept26Post.mp4 One huge mistake people make when setting goals is how they think of them. The language used to describe goals is as if they are things. We use abstract or intangible nouns as if they were real things. This is what George Lakoff, a linguist and student of Noam Chomsky found. Looking at the word we use WITH those intangible nouns gives us an idea of HOW we think, subconsciously, about intangible nouns. For sample, why are we "in" a meeting? A meeting is not a real thing. It's a temporary, shared hallucinati
  4. https://loopvids.s3.amazonaws.com/Sept08Post.mp4 Whenever two people are having a conversation, it can be seen as a frame battle. The word "battle" is probably not the best one. Two friends playfully trying to "out-insult" each other isn't a battle. Two friends playing one-on-one basketball wouldn't be considered a "battle." But consider that EVERYTHING can be viewed as a competition. Now, most of these competitions are friendly and enjoyable. Friendly, enjoyable competitions are the reason the video game industry is a BILLION dollar a year industry.
  5. https://loopvids.s3.amazonaws.com/Sept07Post.mp4 Humans have a lot of instincts. Instincts that drive our behaviors. If you tried to fight your instincts with your conscious mind, you'd lose every single time. This is why the willpower diet will never work. Just deciding consciously to stop eating past a certain number of calories per day won't work. Your hunger instinct is the result of millions of years of natural selection. Since way before we were self aware humans. Whoever was the hungriest, won. They were the most motivated to find food.
  6. https://loopvids.s3.amazonaws.com/Sept03Post.mp4 Memorized lines are very, very tempting. These go all the way back to the dawn of time. Of using some kind of magic words to shortcut the regular effort. Tons of diets and get rich quick schemes are based on the idea of circumventing normal efforts. Nowhere is this more prevalent in the area of dating and seduction. Think of the typical male fantasy for sex. To see what this is, structurally, you don't have to look much further than porn. Particularly something like "Bang Bus." Guys are driving down t
  7. https://loopvids.s3.amazonaws.com/Aug29Post.mp4 A short hand version of a common question to ask somebody new is, "What's your story?" This sounds very intuitive. We all have a "story" about who we are, where we are going, the things we want, the obstacles we'll face, etc. There's a TV show about way back in the day before ladies were allowed to be full fledged reporters. It's based on a true story that happened at Newsweek magazine back in the sixties. They made an HBO show about it, and in one episode a lady was being taught how to be a reporter by her boyfriend
  8. https://loopvids.s3.amazonaws.com/Aug28Post.mp4 How you use your words is an indication of the thoughts in your mind. This is hard to think about. Since most of our thoughts our private, and mostly unconscious, we tend to think our words are a separate entity. But consider that with regards to thought and language, there are three basic skills you can improve. One is the quality of your thoughts. Most people think the same tired out thoughts, day after day. The same excuses, complaints and projections. The second is how accurately you describe those thou
  9. https://loopvids.s3.amazonaws.com/Aug27Post.mp4 Most have heard the truism, "The map is not the territory." This sounds pretty simple, and pretty self evidence. You have a bunch of mountains in front of you. And you've got a map of the same mountains. The map is a 3'x 5' piece of paper. The mountains are miles and miles of dirt and trees and water and infinitely complex life forms. Obviously, the map is not the territory. Or if you're standing in a fast food place, trying to decide what to order. There are the descriptions, and there is the food.
  10. https://loopvids.s3.amazonaws.com/Aug26Post.mp4 Voltaire famously said he only needed ten minutes to talk away his ugly face, and he'd bed the queen of France. Maybe he was being truthful. Maybe was really just bragging to his buddies. But the idea is very, very compelling. In one episode if "The Last Kingdom," a serial drama that takes place when the Vikings were running around creating havoc in pre-united England, one character gave another some very good advice. The character giving the advice was leaving. The character receiving advice was going to hang a
  11. https://loopvids.s3.amazonaws.com/May16Post.mp4 The metaphors we use are very helpful. But only if we pay attention to them. Most of the time, metaphors are used only to make sure we are talking about the same thing. And most of the time, nearly all of these metaphors are used unconscious. Our language is filled with metaphorical expressions of unknown origins. It's easy to see why. Somebody says something, metaphorically, to mean something. It sounds pretty cool, so everybody else starts to use it. Metaphorical expressions can exist in spoken la
  12. https://loopvids.s3.amazonaws.com/Apr09Post.mp4 It's hard to communicate without using metaphors. Words themselves are metaphors. Auditory representations of mental pictures. One simple description can mean many things to many people. If I say: "Yesterday I saw a cute girl in the park with her dog." This sounds very specific. But every person who reads that will have a different idea of what each tangible nouns looks like. Even the ones that aren't mentioned. You'll imagine a pretty girl. You'll imagine a dog. You'll imagine a park.
  13. https://loopvids.s3.amazonaws.com/Feb27Post.mp4 Metaphors are fantastic. But they can also be extremely dangerous. They are useful when talking about common ideas that are pretty complicated. For example, let's say you saw a movie. And your friend asked about it. And you report that it "started strong" but then "kind of fell apart at the end." This a perfectly understandable metaphor. It describes a very common human experience. Of watching a movie (or TV show or book) that grabbed your attention from the beginning. But then as it went on, you
  14. https://loopvids.s3.amazonaws.com/Feb20Post.mp4 Things that feel good in the short term rarely feel good in the long term. Unless, of course, those short term positive feelings are riding on top of a long term positive trend. For example, suppose you're training to run a 10K. You've got a target time in mind, and your nearly there. You've had a good run that day, and you're sitting down to eat some dinner. You cook a healthy meal. While you are eating it, the taste (which is secondary to the health aspects) reminds you of the path you are on. You look ba
  15. https://loopvids.s3.amazonaws.com/Nov15Post.mp4 In fiction, there several common archetypes. A fictional hero must be relatable. Which means we must be able to see ourselves in that hero. Part of being a relatable hero is having flaws. The same human flaws we all have. But heroes also have mad skills. Mad skills we wish we all had. Mad skills we all want to strive for. We LOVE the idea of having super powers. Of being able to do things other people can't do. So we can HELP people. To make people feel better. This is a deep human
  16. Emergent Universal Consciousness: https://mindpersuasion.com/emergent-universal-consciousness/ https://loopvids.s3.amazonaws.com/Nov14Loop.mp4
  17. https://loopvids.s3.amazonaws.com/Nov08Post.mp4 Metaphors are very helpful, and they are also very dangerous. They are helpful as they ease the transmission of ideas from brain to brain. They facilitate communication. They don't need to be accurate. So long as everybody has an internal idea of what they mean. We all have plenty of shared experiences. But these shared experiences are very hard to articulate. For example, say you see a cute girl across the room. You start walking over, but then you lose your nerve. So you slightly shift your traj
  18. https://loopvids.s3.amazonaws.com/Nov07Post.mp4 Fight Club was a fantastic movie. A lot of ideas about masculine energy, what happens when there is a lack of positive male models, etc. But there was one scene in particular that was interesting. After the two main characters had their first couple of fights. It gave them a much better sense of everybody around them. They would get on a bus, for example, and IMMEDIATELY scan the crowd, and figure out who they could likely beat in a fight, and who they might not. This is one of those movie scenes that is intuiti
  19. 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 sacrifi
  20. https://loopvids.s3.amazonaws.com/Sept17Post.mp4 The Wire is one of the best TV shows ever. Based on the ratings from IMDB. It's up there with Sopranos, Breaking Bad, and Game of Thrones. There's a scene in the first season where a couple of young up and coming gangsters are sitting around a chess board. The two kids are using the board and the pieces to play checkers. And a slightly older kid shakes his head. He proceeds to sit down and explain how chess is played. He describes the game, and the players in term of the characters. Kings, queens, kni
  21. https://loopvids.s3.amazonaws.com/Sept14Post.mp4 There are a lot of cartoon events that make for useful metaphors. A common one is when Wiley E. Coyote runs off a cliff. And he doesn't know he's no longer on solid ground. He stops, looks the viewer, and holds up a sign. He has to hold up a sign since coyotes can't speak. The sign usually says something like, "uh oh..." This is a very applicable metaphor. Useful for when describing something that has gone on too long. And what worked before is no longer working. Only nobody realizes it. Th
  22. https://loopvids.s3.amazonaws.com/Sept11Post.mp4 When I was in elementary school, we had a dog. He was trained just enough. He LOVED to run. I learned how to get him to pull me on my skateboard. It'd scream at him, he'd start running, and off we'd go. Of course, sometimes he'd go too fast for me to keep up. Or he'd take off running before I was ready. He pulled me crashing to the ground plenty of times. Probably the funniest was when I was on my bike. Just cruising along. Not even holding the handle bars. We passed this intersection.
  23. https://loopvids.s3.amazonaws.com/July28Post.mp4 Imagine you had a conversation with a boxer. A guy who was about to have the fight of his career. Imagine the fight was going to start in a couple of hours. And suppose you asked his strategy was. What do you imagine he might say? I suppose that would depend on the other fighter in this particular metaphor. And it would depend on the hero of this metaphor. We can assume the fighting style of the hero. We can assume the fighting style of the opponent. This might give us a better imagination how he
  24. End of Time Escape Plan: https://mindpersuasion.com/recover-ancient-spiritual-power/ https://soundcloud.com/mindpersuasion/end-of-time-escape-plan https://loopvids.s3.amazonaws.com/Jun20Loop.mp4
  25. There are two types of hypnosis that aren't really hypnosis. They are based on setup more than anything. Without that setup, the "hypnosis" is much less effective. The first is stage hypnosis. Consider everything that goes into getting "hypnotized" on stage. For one, the hypnotist has to have a ton of authority. Enough to sell tickets. Then he begins by "hypnotizing" the audience. And while he's doing this, he looks out to find the BEST subjects. Then he calls people up to the stage. And once they are up on the stage, he usually gives them anot
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