The Basic Premise of Manipulation

How do you stop someone from manipulating you, the simple answer is to learn to identify when someone is trying to manipulate you. To do that you need to understand the basic premise of manipulation, and that’s what I’m going to discuss in the latest addition to the Equations Of Life Series. As ever with the Equations Of Life Series, I start with a simple equation:

a + b = c

With that out of the way, here we go. Brains are like computers, and your senses – sound, sight, smell, taste and feel – are what code those computers.

The most powerful of those for the manipulator is sound and sight, or rather words and actions, every word you hear or action by another that affects you enters your head and draws a response. That’s why manipulators are basically brain hackers. They use words and actions to input malicious coding into an unsuspecting person’s brain with the aim being to manipulate a desired response.

But how do you hack a person’s brain, and more importantly how to you stop a person hacking your brain? To put it simply, not very easily, but it is possible, and to do it what is required is an understanding of how a person manipulates another, meaning to stop yourself from being manipulated you need to first know how to manipulate someone.

So how do you manipulate someone, or rather get a person to think and do what you want? The answer is an equation, a + b = c, and to show how to use it I am going to give you an example, or rather I am going to use the equation to manipulate you. Here goes.

Think of the number four, really think of it, say four in your head, you just did so. But it means nothing to you, so I’m not inside your head. How do I get inside your head? The answer to the question is FOUR. Do you believe me?

No, why would you, you don’t even know the question. I’m still not inside your head, in fact, I’m probably now further from being inside your head than when I started, because now you know I’m trying to manipulate you, so your defences are up.

In fact, you’ll likely right now be on a subliminal level searching for a way to show me that I’m wrong, and that I can’t get inside your head, or manipulate you. If you weren’t you probably are now.

You’re probably also thinking of the number four, mainly because you’ve again just read it, but you’ll also be thinking I told you to think of it, which I did, I wrote it and you just read it and so again thought it. You’ll also likely be questioning why I did so, and how you thinking it could possibly lead to me being inside your head.

You’ll be thinking all this while reading the words I’ve written all of which will be entering your head because you are choosing to read them. Therefore, by reading these words you are wilfully implanting my words into your head.

But my words don’t mean anything right now, and neither does the number four. They are irrelevant. My words may be inside your head, but I’m clearly not inside your head, though I am influencing your thoughts because these are my words and you are thinking about them otherwise you would not be reading them.

Even still, I am not manipulating you, or am I? I don’t think so, not yet. Believe me? Time will tell, but let’s imagine you don’t. So how do I get inside your head, actually manipulate you into thinking the number four, and have that number mean something to you. And how do I do it without making you think that I’m trying to manipulate you, something very difficult right now considering I’ve told you I’m going to manipulate you. So what do I do?

Simple, I make you come to the conclusion that the answer is four on your own accord. So rather than telling you what to think, I guide you, like a teacher. Hence, the equation: a+b=c.

So let’s have a go. What is 2 + 2? Take a second to think of the answer. Write it down even. Whether you wrote it down or not, whether you tried to answer it or not, you’re now thinking of the answer, which is four, and you came to it on your own accord.

Except you likely didn’t, you in fact most likely did not think of the number four until you again read it in writing. My writing. You’re also likely by now thinking in depth about everything I’ve just told you, looking for the catch, the part where I spring something on you. The anticipation is most likely building.

You’re also probably still thinking that this is just some clever riddle, maybe you even already believe you know the answer. You know what that means? It means you’re thinking what I wanted you to think, and you came to it on your own accord, which means I’ve just dictated your thoughts and am now inside your head.

Confused, of course, that’s the point, because let me ask you this, who has the answers to the questions which could bring an end to your confused state. One person, and one person only. The writer of this piece. I’ve manipulated you into thinking I know how to manipulate you and am going to tell you how to do so.

I’m not. How does that make you feel? That’s the art of manipulation, implanting one idea, and one idea only, that you have the answers to their questions. And how do you do that, by giving them the questions and making them want the answers. I gave you the question, “how do I manipulate you”, now you have to come to me for the answer, and you want it otherwise you would not have finished reading.

That’s the art of manipulation, learn it and no one will ever be able to manipulate you again.

That’s all from me for today, stay safe!

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