Wednesday, October 05, 2005
Friday, March 04, 2005
Recollection in Tranquility: Identity
The concept of a static personality "type" is like an awful house rat scurrying along the floors of your existence; impossible to catch yet too horrible and ugly to ignore. Were all thrust into this chaotic world at break neck speeds with nothing but a seat belt of societal programming designed to make the ride more comfortable. But it is through that comfort that we miss out on the very world we live in.
For the plump hearted explorers who choose actual life over death, safety is dangerous and comfort is the real beast to be avoided. Comfort has a way of sneaking up on you with a cruel mask of empty bliss and mundane pleasantries. Indeed, it is through true danger and poetic chaos that life reveals its honest beauty. A beauty so elusively stunning, that even with the right kind of eyes, its difficult to comprehend; or even put into words for that matter.
So how does one begin to express the benefits of choosing a path to walk down that extends beyond the realms of comfort? Why should the readers of this article whove lost touch with their adventurous inner child even consider the search for true happiness if I cant guarantee or explain it? The reasons are many and none, Im afraid; for we are all unique. Though I truly believe any human being with even a spark of lustrous hope can set ablaze the natural fire that we were all born with -- the kind of flame that luckily never completely fades.
There is always hope.
There is always time to wake from the dream and begin living your life in a way that gives you a rush each morning; an enthusiasm that coats the world with a swelling gaze of brilliant diamonds. Your identity is the only force that truly belongs to you and you alone. Yet, so many people refuse to reach out and accept this beautiful gift of exploration due to fear of what lies within.
Are you really chasing the tail of your own destiny or are you just playing a twisted role in someone elses idea of what is true? Does your path have a heart? It can take the spirit of a warrior to really ask and confront the aforementioned questions -- but it is the only way; ignorance is the kind of happiness fit only for the blind and shallow. And the end result of such a lifestyle is usually the same. Utter sadness. Just walking down the street of any major city will bring a flood of cold and lifeless faces.
Theres good news though! The silver lining to this dismal reality can be experienced by how easy it is to change once you have decided to do so. Your happy little slave of a subconscious mind is a glutton for good feelings and freedom. Show that part of your mind a way to live that brings a more fulfilling warmth to your soul, and it will promptly claw for repeated tastes with the shredded nails of a ferocious drug fiend.
The time to change is now, and it starts with you.
Monday, February 21, 2005
RIP Hunter S. Thompson
You will be missed.
Journalist and author Hunter S. Thompson, who unleashed the concept of "gonzo journalism" in books like "Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas," fatally shot himself in the head Sunday at his home near Aspen, Colorado, police and his family said.
"On Feb. 20, Dr. Hunter S. Thompson took his life with a gunshot to the head at his fortified compound in Woody Creek, Colo.," said a statement issued by Thompson's son, Juan Thompson, to the Aspen Daily News as reported by the Denver Post.
"The family will shortly provide more information about memorial service and media contacts. Hunter prized his privacy, and we ask that his friends and admirers respect that privacy as well as that of his family."
A dispatcher for the Pitkin County Sheriff's Department confirmed Thompson's death.
Thompson, 67, was associated with the "New Journalism" movement of the 1960s, in which writers took a more novelistic and personal approach to their subjects. His account of a drug-fueled trip to cover a district attorneys' anti-drug conference as a writer for Rolling Stone magazine was the seed of "Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas," perhaps his best-known work.
Subtitled "A Savage Journey to the Heart of the American Dream," the 1971 book included his lament on the passing of the 1960s and its "sense of inevitable victory over the forces of Old and Evil."
"There was no point in fighting -- on our side or theirs," he wrote. "We had all the momentum; we were riding the crest of a high and beautiful wave. So now, less than five years later, you can go up on a steep hill in Las Vegas and look West, and with the right kind of eyes you can almost see the high-water mark -- the place where the wave finally broke and rolled back."
In "Fear and Loathing: On the Campaign Trail '72," he described the campaign leading to Richard Nixon's re-election as president with terms like "brutal" and "depraved," speculating that Democratic Sen. Ed Muskie was under the influence of an obscure African psychoactive drug and bemoaned Nixon's looming victory by proclaiming, "Jesus, where will it end? How low do you have to stoop in this country to become president?"
Other works included "The Great Shark Hunt," a collection of Watergate-era essays; "Generation of Swine," his lament on the youth of the 1980s; and his account of Bill Clinton's 1992 presidential win, "Better than Sex." His lone novel, "The Rum Diaries," was published in 1998, while a collection of letters, "The Proud Highway: The Saga of a Desperate Southern Gentleman," came out in 1997.
In recent years, he wrote a column for the sports network ESPN's Web site. In his most recent piece, posted Feb. 15, he describes shooting at golf balls like skeet with a friend near his longtime home -- he called it "a fortified compound" -- outside Aspen.
"The general reaction here is shock and dismay, because he was such a figure in town," Aspen resident John Hoag told CNN. Still, Hoag said, Thompson remained a private person. "The most news we heard from him was when a pack of dogs killed his peacock, Atillah, and he broke his leg in Hawaii last year."
Thompson also was the model for the character of "Uncle Duke" in the "Doonesbury" comic strip. But Thompson strongly disliked the characterization, once telling an interviewer that he would set "Doonesbury" creator Garry Trudeau on fire if the two ever met.
In later years, however, Thompson said he had made peace with the "Uncle Duke" portrayal.
"I got used to it a long time ago," he told Freezerbox magazine in 2003. "I used to be a little perturbed by it. It was a lot more personal ... It no longer bothers me."
In 1980, actor Bill Murray portrayed Thompson in the film "Where the Buffalo Roam." And in 1998, the film "Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas" was released, based on Thompson's book and starring Johnny Depp as the journalist. A new film reportedly is in production based on Thompson's novel "The Rum Diaries."
The writer himself, Hoag said, will be missed. "There's no one in the world these days who writes the truth ... as he seems to, to me," he said. "He spoke to the world and said what people were afraid to say."
Monday, February 14, 2005
Signal Recognition Technology
Today I’m writing about some specific techniques for changing the internal state of an individual, one of which is called Signal Recognition Technology – SRT for short. You may or may not be familiar with this specific method of eliciting and/or changing someone’s emotional frame but hopefully after this post you’ll understand the mechanics of it and why it is indeed so powerful.
First let’s quickly discuss why we’d want to induce a state change in a person with this method in the first place. When a person has a negative frame or outlook, it’s almost impossible to force them into a more beneficial state without encountering resistance. You can be covert and get results, but there is an easier way. Plus you can combine covert techniques with this method which will be demonstrated further on.
You’ve all heard about the guys who tell a girl directly, “Don’t feel that way.” Though their intentions are usually good, they’re thinking about “solving the problem” in a very linear fashion that just doesn’t work with the female mind. In fact, it doesn’t work with the emotional mind of either gender. In order to coax an emotional shift in a person you need to do it in a way that’s natural to them.
Let’s take the example of being angry: In the natural process of shifting from angry to happy there are some important individualized transitional stages that must be included (see fig. 01); for example the person first becomes less angry, then calms down to neutral, then begins the processes that make them happy and then finally they are enveloped in the state of happiness. You cannot go from anger directly to happiness for even if you tried it would FEEL fake and NOT NATURAL (see fig. 02). There are many reasons for this and it’s too lengthy to go into here but I might in the future.
Angry -> Mildly Upset -> Neutral -> Content -> Happy
Angry -> Happy = Incongruent to Their Natural Process
This is where the power of Signal Recognition Technology comes into play. The explanation of SRT itself can be derived from its name; you’re using the person’s own emotional and subconscious signals of recognition as an application to move them to where you want them to be.
To demonstrate SRT further, I will provide you with the following example:
”What’s the first feeling you get inside when you realize you are in love?”
When you ask a person that question, first of all in order to understand it they need to go into their subconscious to find their symbol or pattern for love. Without the symbol or without anything to compare the word to, it is meaningless. If I say to you, “what’s the first feeling you get inside when you feel shnorgle?” There’s no symbol or previous pattern to match the word shnorgle to (Hell, you’d probably start thinking about the first feeling you get when you’re confused by a word). By the way, a mixed up set of internal symbols is often the cause of many instances of cognitive dissonance for without our symbols and patterns we are lost in oblivion. But I digress.
Secondly, when a person is asked, “What’s the first feeling you get inside when you realize you are in love?” after they’ve processed the word love to comprehend the sentence, they then have to search around their subconscious to find an answer to the actual question of how it feels. And in most cases, they dip into their permanent memory to find a time when they felt they were in love and they re-experience those same feelings so they can provide you with an answer. Even if they don’t answer you directly, just thinking and considering the question causes the state change.
Voila! They went through THEIR OWN set of processes/transitions and you changed their state to one of feeling in love. If you just said to the person, feel like you’re in love right now! It’s not natural because instead of guiding them graciously through their own processes of feeling love, you’re forcing your words onto them. As you can see this has tremendous power in the world of persuasion as you can casually elicit any state in a person just by asking them a question.
You don’t even need to be directly overt with the question in order to get the same results. As long as the symbols or patterns match up the process will be the same as we tend to experience the same states for differing contexts.
Wednesday, February 09, 2005
First of Many
Yes, you guessed it. I finally gave in to the craze of online journals.. err- sorry.. "blogs." I must have missed that meeting.
I'll be using this corner of the web to write about various topics including hypnosis, persuasion, marketing, neuro-linguistic programming and life in general. A lot of what I write will benefit those who are unfamiliar for I believe what I've learned over the last few years is remarkable psycho-technology. At worst, it's a great place for me to rant and rave about whatever is bothering me at the time and to reinforce the neuro networks upstairs *knocks on head* as I quickly jot out the things I'm interested in and learning.
Though to be completely honest with you, I'm not 100% sure where this "blog" (no I'm not going to quote the word blog every time, see?) will be headed as my thought patterns tend to be very sporadic. Hopefully in the midst of all the madness there will be a coherent plot line that binds it all together somehow. If not, well, I guess we'll both just have to live with the confusion.
One thing is for certain, I will be using plenty of hypnotic language; not because I want to persuade you all into hailing me as a god (though that would have it's perks), but because I've integrated the language patterns into my habits so strongly that it's bound to happen sooner or later. It actually reminds me of a story my friend was telling me about how his father was watching a tv show late one night with all the lights out and the stereo volume knob twisted all the way to it's limit. And the characters within the flickering white noise, while sitting on an itchy field of green and yellow grass, were having a day dream as they covered their eyes from thick beams of sunlight, and in that day dream they were reading this very blog wondering to themselves how such a strange loop of reality can be born in the space between two blinking eyelids.
My answer to them is to sit back, enjoy the blogs of madness for what they are. The elusive doors of possibility are dilating for you to become -- your master's apprentice.