What Mind Control Looks Like
You might think you know what mind control looks like, but it’s not always how it’s portrayed in movies. Have you ever felt that you were being exploited at work? Sometimes, you give way more than you receive. You’re not alone.
A lot of people are aware of this, but choose to keep quiet about it. You’re afraid to lose whatever you’re getting and your fear is stronger than everything else. This is a form of mind control.
The same goes for inequality. Poor people accept systems that make them poorer and the rich richer. Likewise, women have fewer opportunities in patriarchal societies.
This might make you ask yourself why people put up with this. One possible answer is mind control.
Mind control can look like your monthly salary, your obligations, or the rules you must follow. When someone controls your mind, you stop questioning why you put up with so much work for such a lousy pay. You think you’re free, but you’re not.
Mind control is all about consensus or the illusion of it. It’s about making everybody agree on something. Obviously, you don’t support something for the same reason other people do. Some might agree on something because they don’t have a choice or because they feel unable to disagree. Others think it’s the best idea or just didn’t think things through. Maybe it’s due to psychological internalization.
There are psychological and physiological mind control techniques. Psychological techniques seek to distract you of your disadvantages and the oppression and discrimination you might be under to convince you of certain things. On the other hand, physiological techniques seek to manipulate your mind using technology.
Physiological techniques work when psychological ones don’t. When someone doesn’t believe in an idea, you use physiological tricks to make them end up accepting it even if they don’t believe in it.
The psychological aspect of mind control
How can you make someone accept something that’s bad for them? By transforming boredom and frustration into aggression or by transforming nonconformity into consumerism.
This promotes submissive personalities that believe in their superiors and in the existing economic and social status quo.
“The nature of psychological compulsion is such that those who act under constraint remain under the impression that they are acting on their own initiative. The victim of mind-manipulation does not know that he is a victim. To him the walls of his prison are invisible, and he believes himself to be free. That he is not free is apparent only to other people. His servitude is strictly objective.”
Finally, one of the most effective types of mind control is fear itself. Combined with ignorance, it can unleash feelings of distress and distrust, which lead people to make more risky decisions.
The physiological aspect of mind control
This aspect is related to your brain’s response to electromagnetic waves. Your brain has different frequencies that relate to different states of consciousness.
Electronic devices can affect these waves and, consequently, your brain. These waves and overstimulation can keep you in a state of alert even though you want to go to sleep. Similarly, devices can disorient you and are used for crowd control.
Mind control seeks to manipulate the masses by making them ignorant. You can fight mind control by fostering critical thinking and educating yourself.
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- Abel, T., Mead, G. H., & Morris, C. W. (2006). Mind, Self, and Society. The American Journal of Psychology. https://doi.org/10.2307/1415920