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Watching TV interviews is like watching a boxing match.

The interviewer isn't ever really trying to make a point.

One way to see these conversations is in two different categories.

Where the interviewer agrees with the politics of the interviewee.

These interviews are us vs. them.

We, and those who agree with us are AWESOME.

All those goofs out there to disagree are BAD.

Or they are confrontational.

And since confrontation is much more interesting to watch, most of them are like this.

To start, we all like watching news that verifies our own beliefs.

Not good, not bad, just human nature.

And within that context, we like to see "our guy" kick the crap out of the "other guy."

Doesn't matter if "our guy" is in favor of extra chunky peanut butter and banana sandwiches, and "their guy" is in favor of creamy peanut butter and grape jelly sandwiches.

We LOVE our ideas.

So it's very enjoyable, comfortable, and pleasant to watch a "professional idea defender" face of some evil creamy peanut butter villain.

NOT to have a pleasant, hard to follow, logical Socratic discussion about chunky peanut butter vs. creamy peanut butter.

That would be TERRIBLE.


Because what if, all these years, our chunky peanut butter beliefs have been WRONG?

That would be HORRIBLE!

So, instead, we like to see a vicious SMACK down.

We want our beliefs validated.

And one way to validate our beliefs, is to see a professional idea DESTROYER absolutely OBLITERATE any hope of a creamy peanut butter revival.

And if you're REALLY interested, pay close attention to these idea smack downs.

They are NEVER about the ideas.

They are about asking unexpected "gotcha" questions that knock the bad idea guy off guard.

Just like a boxing match.

This requires even LESS thinking in our part.

All we need to know is OUR GUY is talking about chunky peanut butter.

The evil "other guy" is supporting creamy peanut butter.


But with some deep linguistic skills of idea assassination, we don't even need to pay attention!

Just look at how DEFENSIVE creamy peanut butter guy is!

He's getting DESTROYED!

Long Live Chunky Peanut Butter!

This, in actuality, is one of our biggest fears.

(No, not chunky peanut butter...)

Of slowly expressing an idea we have.

And somebody DESTROYING it like they do on the TV.

This is why it is so terrifying for most people to share any "controversial ideas."

The "your idea sucks" linguistic smackdown.

To make us look defensive and foolish.

There is, however, a antidote to this.

A way to REMAIN CALM in the face of a linguistic social attack.

To just listen, rely on your inner core of power, and NOT EVER be knocked off guard again.

The best part is people will sense this about you.

And they WON'T try those sleazy linguistic smack down tricks.

Metaphorically, it'd be like a guy who is 6'6", ripped and has the look of a killer.

NOBODY would try and sucker punch that guy in the face!

And once you build your massive inner core of confident power, NOBODY will try anything with you.

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