Follow me on Twitter. Connect with me on LinkedIn. About the Author. View Author Profile. More Posts. Continue Reading. Most Popular. Three Steps to Identifying a Borderline Personality. More Like This. Get Listed Today. Please try again later. Format: Paperback Verified Purchase. Where are all these great reviews coming from? Is the author just making a bunch of different accounts? For one the information is very basic and borders on common sense. The difficult part is to execute the knowledge, which the book doesn't help with.
For example, it is well known if you can control the environment, then you can influence someone's thought process. The book states this, but doesn't give any good examples or advise on how to do it really. And so it goes rehashing information that is in other books and kind of skimming the surface of a lot of topics without going into depth about it. Overall the book is interesting and ok. It may be useful in some small way, but it definitely seems over rated compared to the reviews here.
It appears to be the same author as the Dantilion Jones books or whatever those other self published mind control books claim to be the author, as it rehashes basically the same information. It's an addition to one's library but it certainly isn't the comprehensive, in depth book it appears to be. Poorly researched if you could call it that. Some "historical" references with regards to psychology, but it only serves to make this "appear" credible.
There is nothing that gives me the impression that this author is an kind of authority on the subject. The writer's viewpoints are fallible to the point that I would call them fallacies. It was NOT the book on understanding the mind that I thought it would be. Looking through this author's "Author Page", it's clear that he is not a credible authority on any subject no training or PhD.
He is a writer who writes on "sellable" subjects where he can make a buck; what genuine writers will call a "scam writer".
More like a confusing repertoire of definitions that you have to figure out how their useful and applied. The only part I enjoyed of this book was at the beginning, where I learned about some of the history of psychology and its basic concepts. Then the book presents concepts and a few sentences of how it could be used, but no clear examples of their application. Some of the concepts will help people who are in sales though.
I find the book hard to follow, because there is no flow to it and similar concepts are not grouped together. I'll give you an example of a book that helped me with communications and was easy to follow. It is a simpler book about a different topic, but one that helps learn something new. Mind Control Mastery seems to be a compilation of google searches for concepts related to manipulation, psychology, observation, misleading This book will consume too much time. Besides the difficulty of understanding the material, you'll have to dedicate time to take your own notes to remember so much information and you figure out how it could help.
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase. This book doesn't offer any new information, so the reader hopes that it will be presented in a new and interesting way. It is interesting, but sadly in the negative sense; it is interesting how such a poorly written book could garner so many positive reviews. The text abounds with clumsy sentences and needs editing.
First six chapters are quite insightfull, focused and backed up with examples for all types of person to person interactions where you are trying to win your argument.
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The rest of the book all of a sudden turned into a rambling of disconnected subjects geared towards salesmen who want to improve their sales. Having read many books on this topic this one stands out. It is not pseudoscience mixing facts with snake oil, but concise and to the point with real world examples to demonstrate the main points.
Much of the substance is in other related titles but the composition and flow is better than the other titles in my opinion. This book would be a huge benefit to any salesman or business owner and unquestionably increase their profits. It is most likely that some of these media uses are surprising, but that only serves to show how easy it is to not even recognize propaganda as such. For the purpose of our paper we will focus on mainly the usage of the press in their tactics of shaping people's opinions. The press newspapers and magazines is important because the most current news and issues are spread every day through them.
The Dune affect is a term we coined--after the movie Dune--which explains that those who control and have access to media have access to and potential control of public opinion. Indeed, propaganda is so powerful because everyone is susceptible to it. This is true as explained by Robert Cialdini, an expert in influence, because people exist in a rapidly moving and complex world. In order to deal with it, we need shortcuts.
We cannot be expected to recognize and analyze all the aspects in each person, event, and situation we encounter in even one day. We do not have the time, energy, or capacity to process the information; and instead we must very often use our stereotypes, our rules of thumb, to classify things according to a few key features and then to respond without thinking when one or another of these trigger feature are present Cialdini 6.
While this makes people highly susceptible to a propagandist who understands persuasion, in general it is the most efficient for of behaving, and in other cases it is simply necessary. Additionally, propaganda includes the reinforcement of societal myths and stereotypes that are so deeply embedded within a culture that it is often difficult to recognize the message as propaganda. For example I just used a persuasive technique that propagandist use all the time by introducing Cialdini as an expert. The heuristic this follows is the obedience to authority and is a rule that when someone credible and in this case by title of an expert, a person will automatically believe the information to be correct.
To earn a title normally takes years of work and achievement. Yet, it is possible for somebody who has put in none of this effort to adopt the mere label and receive an automatic difference" Cialdini After all, what really makes Cialdini an expert? Since propaganda is such a powerful tool and because people are so susceptible of it, it is our goal in this paper to outline how to analyze propaganda, the techniques that are used through case studies of the media's portrayal of nuclear power for France and Pakistan, and how one can defend against the influence of propaganda.
In selecting subjects for the case study, it became increasingly important to select countries where there would be a clear advantage for the United States media to favor the atomic power of one over the other. Therefore, there is a logical connection between the French prosperity and American welfare. The relationship is not so reciprocal between the United States and Pakistan. The ties between the United States and Pakistan are not very strong, and there is no United States gain in the creation of a strong Pakistan.
Based on the relations between the United States and France and Pakistan, we predicted that propaganda would exist in the American media that portrays the powerful nuclear technology of France significantly more positively than that of Pakistan. We will analyze specific examples of such propaganda based on a methodical process as described below. Sine propaganda has become a systematic process it is possible to analyze how the media has used it in shaping our opinions about France having a nuclear bomb verse Pakistan.
Propaganda can be broken into ten stages when analyzing it in detail.
These stages are: 1 the ideology and purpose of the propaganda campaign, 2 the context in which the propaganda occurs, 3 identification of the propagandist, 4 the structure of the propaganda organization, 5 the target audience, 6 media utilization techniques, 7 special various techniques, 8 audience reaction to various techniques, 9 counterpropaganda, if present, and 10 effects and evaluation Jowett and O'Donnell While it is possible to go into detail about each point, we are mainly concerned with numbers six and seven: What techniques the media uses.
There are many techniques and persuasion tactics the media uses to disseminate information. What is important to understand about all the tactics is that no matter which one is being used they all follow the same criteria: it must be seen, understood, remembered, and acted upon. Thus, propaganda can be evaluated according to its ends and interestingly enough this is the same criteria that advertiser use every day in ads, and commercials in "selling" a product.
The fact that Pakistan developed the technology was not what shaped the articles, but rather how this information was presented to the reader.
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In a sense, the propagandists were looking to turn Pakistan into an enemy of sorts, a country to be feared, instead of embraced. One method used to by propagandists to create an enemy is through the technique of social proof. One way in which we process information is by observing what other people are doing that are similar to us or linking them to social norms. Since it is almost impossible for the common American to be an expert in nuclear cause and effects, he looks to what others say as a means to form his opinion.
This allows him to be persuade to an ideology not of his own. Furthermore, it is possible to rely on past stereotypes as form of linking one idea to another group. For example, articles that took such an approach attempted to use a subset of social proof, where one casts the enemy by declaring it to be a friend of an already established enemy. For instance, in order to persuade the American public to think of Pakistan in such terms, media will link Pakistan to historically defined United States enemies such Libya, Iran, Iraq and the former Soviet Union.
This tactic plays on the principle of social proof in which people look for justifications to quickly form their beliefs. Thus, linking to a country America already has shared beliefs about quickly allows one to associate and project the existing beliefs on the new group, which in this case is Pakistan. An article in the Washington Post took such an approach by starting with a quote from the Iranian Foreign Minister, congratulating Pakistan.
By beginning with this quote, the article ensured a link would be established between Iran and Pakistan, playing off the propaganda theory of similarity, in which we fundamentally like people who are similar to us and share our beliefs, values, and ideas.
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Therefore, an object deemed as bad or dissimilar will make all associated objects bad as well and allows the media to use social proof and similarity to create an enemy as friend of enemy. Arguably, the presentation of this quote may be deemed important factually for the development of the article, but the placement of the quote right at the start of the article strongly suggest propagandistic intentions. To strengthen the feel of Pakistan as a friend of the enemy, the article continues to use the dissimilar tactic or hatred through association by further linking Pakistan with Syria Libya:.
At the same time, the prospect that Pakistan could share its nuclear technology with other Islamic states, or serve as their protector, concerns many Western analysts, who fear that nuclear materials and technology may fall into the hands of countries the West has branded sponsors of terrorism, such as Syria and Libya Moore and Khan A Thus the distinction at this point is that because the article began by subliminally suggesting connections between Pakistan and a nation connected to terrorism Iran , the ability of the aforementioned passage to link Pakistan with Syria and Libya all the more affective.