Neuro-Linguistic Programming 101
I was reading through my email box today, and I came across one of those goofy, touchy-feely, chicken-soup-for-the-crazy-motherfucker chain letters. It was from a female acquaintance from high school who forwarded it to me, and I was just about to delete it, and her, from my mailbox, when something caught my eye... A pattern...
For the last three years, I've been studying Social Dynamics. It is a budding mini-science with it's own theories, laws, and empirical research techniques. It helps the socially inept (Like me, in my earlier days) understand and succeed in social interactions.
One of the many fields of thought in this science is Neuro-Linguistic Programming or NLP. NLP uses speech patterns and vocal tonality to make subconcious suggestions with carefully crafted speech. For instance, if I were to say to someone I just met "What do you think of your new boyfriend's finely toned buttocks?" (Referring to my own) regardless of a positive or negative response, I'm presupposing two things, first that I'm her new boyfriend, second that my buttocks are sublime (they are.) Add an air of authority and physical congruence, and the suggestions are almost hypnotic.
So I was reading thru this chain letter, which at first glance appears to be just an innocent, if sappy, emotionally heartwrenching story. The story is about a young boy in a mall without enough money to buy a doll he really wants. The protagonist in the story approaches him and says that maybe Santa will bring it to him, the boy says that it isn't for him, it's for his sister, and santa can't bring it to her because she's gone to be with God. Daddy say's mommy will soon go to be with God too, and I thought mommy could bring the doll to my sister. ETC...
Here is where the NLP comes in... This is an exact copy, no editing or paraphrasing has been done, I haven't changed the wording in any way, this is exactly as it arrived in my mailbox:
Now you have 2 choices:
1) Repost this message, or
2) Ignore it as if it never touched your heart.
The quote of the month is by Jay Leno: "With hurricanes, tornados, fires out of control, mud slides, flooding, severe thunderstorms tearing up the country from one end to another, and with the threat of bird flu and terrorist attacks, "Are we sure this is a good time to take God out of the Pledge of Allegiance?"
For those who prefer to think that God is not watching over us.... go ahead and delete this. For the rest of us... pass this on.
The value of a man or woman resides in what he or she gives, not in what they are capable of receiving....
This is flawless technique taken strait from the pages of an NLP book... Whoever wrote this HAS STUDIED NLP, I GUARENTEE YOU. And being farmiliar with it myself, let me translate what this person is telling your subconcious:
Suggestion number one, if you don't forward this letter, you are heartless.
Suggestion number two, the danger our nation is facing has to do with our insistance on the removal of God from the pledge of allegience.
Suggestion number three, people who don't believe in God should delete this letter, therefore they are heartless.
Suggestion number four, if you want the mention of God out of the pledge of allegience, you are an atheist who is causing terrorism, floods, thunderstorms, etc., therefore you should delete this letter, therefore you are heartless.
Keep a close eye on who's talking to you and who's talking to your subconcious mind, it will keep strange company if you let it..
Two hands working can do more than a thousand clasped in prayer.