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Using Emotion To Control The Sheeple

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posted on Jan, 23 2012 @ 08:30 AM
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Oh yes I went there…I used the sheeple word


Its not a new concept, and is well known to work in a variety of circumstances, for example – take an advert for Save The Children often in their advertisement’s they will show you children that are crying, distressed, ‘appearing’ to be in pain, in discomfort etc – to play to your pity nature, to ‘feel’ sorry for these children. They depend on this emotion from you so that you donate to their funds, if they were to show you an advert of smiling children, laughing etc you would not be so inclined to donate, or even pay much attention to it.

Disclaimer – I am in no way undermining the work of this organization, just using them as an example

Many advertising agencies use emotional responses to get you to subscribe to what they are telling you, so as I say not a new concept.

However what gets me curious is the fact that some people don’t seem to understand that government agencies will use these same tactics to control the populace, to sway public opinions, to get their vote of ‘confidence’ – to use that term loosely. The put forward propaganda, shock tactics, basically lying by omission to get what they want. A form of psychological warfare, which may also involve false flag operations. How is this so hard for some people to understand? Governing bodies control what they want you to know (or at least try to) via TV, Radio, News reports and other means. The way I have come to view it is that the ‘powers that be’ are the trolls of the world, the magicians to show us a magic trick to perform a slight of hand, showing you something with the left hand whilst the right hand does something else.

A few examples of when government agencies have used such tactics.

Operation Himmler Was a false flag operation by the Nazi’s. They faked attacks on their own people & resources and blamed the attacked on the poles – this was to justify them invading Poland. The Nazi’s went as far as setting fire to their own parliament blaming the fire on other people – this paved the way for Hitler to seize power.

In the 1950’s Agents of an Israeli terrorist organization working in Egypt bombed several buildings these included the U.S diplomat offices, ‘evidence’ was planted to implicate Arabs however due to one of the bombs detonating to early the Egyptians were able to identify the true culprit and along with Israel's Defense Minister, the entire Israeli government were brought crumbling down by the scandal.

Sources of Interest
- communitarianisms, nationalisms, nostalgias
-The Lavon Affair

The Russian KGB have been known to bomb their own people particularly to justify war against Chechnya and put Vladimir Putin into power see this report here for example

The Tonkin incident is another prime example. American destroyer named ‘maddox’ was reportedly attacked a few times by North Vietnamese torpedo boats in 1964. Which was a complete fabrication to the truth– the reality was that North and south Vietnam were partaking in aggressive ‘raids’ against each other of which president Nixon used as an excuse to go to war – which they lost. See This source here

Operation Gladio was the name given to one "Strategy of TensionProject" used by NATO/US. It scapegoated an "internal enemy" political affiliation - the Left and Socialists and Communists - and helped keep the "reactionaries" and "punishers" - the post-war fascists - in power.
They did NOT just "kill commies" who they wanted to defeat in elections. They killed crowds of random victims to get everyone terrified, so they would vote for the far right for "security". There were some targeted assassinations too.

1898 - The sinking of the USS Maine in Havana harbor was immediately pinned on the Spanish and the rallying call became, “Remember the Maine! To hell with Spain.”

The G20 Riots

Other possible ‘false flag ops’

Desert Storm (First Gulf war), 1991)
Enduring Freedom (Afghanistan invasion), 7.10.2001
Enduring Justice (Second Gulf war), 20.3.2003-: later known with less irony as Operation Iraqi Freedom
9/11
Operation Northwoods

There are many, many, many more that could be added to this list as well, a lot of which I haven’t even mentioned in this thread - the above is only to show an example of this kind of thing going on, to show you that really the 'powers that be'/government will do what it takes to get what it wants done, and they are not beneath playing on the masses emotions to do it. Something that really shouldn't be forgotten.

Some interesting links

- Spiderdnews
- Foreign Policy
- Top 10 false flag operations that shaped our world

If it wasn’t for the governments fear mongering etc would half of these incidents have taken place? I'd hazard a guess and say no.

These tactics are used a lot in the Elections, they will appeal to your patriotism, your fears etc - Hell, want an example? SOPA/PIPA – how convenient. Don’t you think these two bills come to light during the run up of the US elections, how convenient also for them to be scrapped once there was uproar, this of course won’t be the end. Other acts are going through, ACTA for one. A lot of people will also say that its convenient that we have ‘Anonymous’ coming to the rescue, who is to say that this isn’t another false flag op, a way to tame and control the masses, to get what they want – With the rise of Anonymous they are effectively giving the government a reason to take away our freedoms, particularly online, in the first place - all this in election year as well, we all like to think that we stand for freedom of speech, we have our own rights, thoughts, feelings that no-one can control, but is that truly the case?

I will leave you with this thought



The individual is smart, The group are sheeple




posted on Jan, 23 2012 @ 09:20 AM
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Herd mentality plays a major part in America for sure, as well as I think peoples distorted sense of Justice. As a former Veteran I think it is an awesome thing for anyone to want to risk their lives to defend their country. I think its like a deal between an individual soldier and the countries leaders. They risk their lives but in return ask that we go to war only when its absolutely necessary. But the military uses that emotion to make their soldiers try to justify themselves when they partake in the heinous acts that make up any war. It also seems that the less intelligent a population is, the more emotional and childlike it is. I used to think things like soldiering were cool when I was a kid. Growing up and experiencing it changes that view. I still see fully grown men sounding like children playing Call of Duty when they talk about going to war. As if it does'nt matter and its all just a big T.V. show, especially if the country has brown people in it.



posted on Jan, 23 2012 @ 09:30 AM
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not just int he US the 'herd' mentally is everywhere, people can deny it all they want imo but its there TPTB know this, they play to it, they play on young men and women's emotions to defend their countries and throw them into something that quite frankly they should never have been part of to start with.Dont get me wrong i respect those men and women who risk their lives everyday for their countries what i don't respect is how they are used then discarded when their use expires. Things like this are for 1 thing only power and ofc greed.

it starts when we are young and ends when we die, i like to think that i have my own mind, thoughts, feelings, idea's but really is that the case? we the individual are very smart people but as a 'herd' we follow. when someone tries to destroy us..we fight, when someone threatens our homes/children/familes we fight - the gov knows this all to well... which is why they play to the masses



posted on Jan, 23 2012 @ 09:47 AM
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Originally posted by ronishia
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not just int he US the 'herd' mentally is everywhere, people can deny it all they want imo but its there TPTB know this,


I was not trying to deny it, actually I was agreeing with you. I've been all over the place, to me, it does seem more prevalent in the U.S.
I think a big part of it is the Media reporting that promotes and reinforces the herd mentality. Divide and Conquer is a strategy alive and well in the MM.



posted on Jan, 23 2012 @ 10:32 AM
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I think emotion is truly the "heart" of the matter! ( pun intended)

Emotional manipulation is one of the main reasons why the US is so messed up right now.

Many people are in emotional overload.....they run off emotion, they base their decisions off emotion, they use emotion to manipulate everyone around them. All their ambitions in their lives are based off emotion....

Logic is painfully hard to find these days it seems.

Now, this is a chicken/egg thing because I can't say which came first....us being a culture driven by emotions, or we used to be a fairly rational culture but overtime exposure to emotional manipulation has caused us to lose sight of logic.

I think this kind of emotional manipulation happens everywhere in all cultures, i saw it in europe as well, but I think here in the US it is so pervasive, many people never even realize the level of manipulation.

Good post and good quote from goering, S&F!
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posted on Jan, 23 2012 @ 11:01 AM
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All I know is that I love when a great thread further strengthens my convictions about topics.
Especially this one, which I strongly believe in.

Your opening post clearly shows how the "sheeple" are controlled.
And if a person would go into any public area, they would get proof.



Such a great thread.






posted on Jan, 23 2012 @ 11:06 AM
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Great thread - thanks for your efforts.
Yep they - those in power have psychological mapped the Human Race for millenia.
Once you know - You can never again be comfortable with having your buttons pressed



posted on Jan, 23 2012 @ 11:14 AM
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It is topics like this that frustrate me to no end!

I go about my business each day like everyone else, but sometimes I feel like I am the only one that recognizes the use of emotion and propaganda in everything around us.

Whether it's advertising, product packaging, decisions of coworkers, conversations with people, tv, music or whatever......I see it, they don't.

I used to try to point it out to people, but I just look like a fool. So I just let people live in their little bubbles of joy and lies.

I know what it is and I know what to look for. Other folks are blind to it even when its as obvious as the nose on their face.



posted on Jan, 23 2012 @ 03:48 PM
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How to not fall for propaganda, emotional control, manipulation, corruption...

Theses are the types of things I would teach teenagers in school.

If you make most of your population uncorruptable, imagine the positive change we would get!



posted on Jan, 23 2012 @ 06:07 PM
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emotion...one of the biggest weaknesses to plague the human race, that along with pride....



wait...thats counts as an emotion too...

i rest my case
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posted on Jan, 23 2012 @ 07:57 PM
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We are emotional creatures by nature with a capacity for logic. The trick is using the latter to inform the former. Both are important to who we are and what we do. Logic doesn't create Art, but it's Logical to create Art - and is the Art Logical?

Ponder that!

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posted on Jan, 23 2012 @ 10:20 PM
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Here are two articles in which neuroscience proves that partisan politics is like a drug to the brain and it stages from the start will dubm down your thinking and problem-solving capacities - it is siimply that different mind circuits are used. People find contrary truth to what they believe and they somhow smooth it into their ideology.
Your Brain on Politics

Now this is a famous passage from a book compiled with the research findings of the sacme scientist:


"A recent imaging study by psychologist Drew Westen and his colleagues at Emory University provides firm support for the existence of emotional reasoning. Just prior to the 2004 Bush-Kerry presidential elections, two groups of subjects were recruited - fifteen ardent Democrats and fifteen ardent Republicans. Each was presented with conflicting and seemingly damaging statements about their candidate, as well as about more neutral targets such as actor Tom Hanks (who, it appears, is a likable guy for people of all political persuasions). Unsurprisingly, when the participants were asked to draw a logical conclusion about a candidate from the other - 'wrong' - political party, the participants found a way to arrive at a conclusion that made the candidate look bad, even though logic should have mitigated the particular circumstances and allowed them to reach a different conclusion. Here's where it gets interesting. When this 'emote control' began to occur, parts of the brain normally involved in reasoning were not activated. Instead, a constellation of activations occurred in the same areas of the brain where punishment, pain, and negative emotions are experienced (that is, in the left insula, lateral frontal cortex, and ventromedial prefrontal cortex). Once a way was found to ignore information that could not be rationally discounted, the neural punishment areas turned off, and the participant received a blast of activation in the circuits involving rewards - akin to the high an addict receives when getting his fix. In essence, the participants were not about to let facts get in the way of their hot-button decision making and quick buzz of reward. 'None of the circuits involved in conscious reasoning were particularly engaged,' says Westen. 'Essentially, it appears as if partisans twirl the cognitive kaleidoscope until they get the conclusions they want, and then they get massively reinforced for it, with the elimination of negative emotional states and activation of positive ones'... Ultimately, Westen and his colleagues believe that 'emotionally biased reasoning leads to the "stamping in" or reinforcement of a defensive belief, associating the participant's "revisionist" account of the data with positive emotion or relief and elimination of distress. The result is that partisan beliefs are calcified, and the person can learn very little from new data,' Westen says. Westen's remarkable study showed that neural information processing related to what he terms 'motivated reasoning' ... appears to be qualitatively different from reasoning when a person has no strong emotional stake in the conclusions to be reached. The study is thus the first to describe the neural processes that underlie political judgment and decision making, as well as to describe processes involving emote control, psychological defense, confirmatory bias, and some forms of cognitive dissonance. The significance of these findings ranges beyond the study of politics: 'Everyone from executives and judges to scientists and politicians may reason to emotionally biased judgments when they have a vested interest in how to interpret "the facts,"' according to Westen." (Barbara Oakley, Evil Genes, Prometheus Books, 2008.)"


From the same researchers, there is a different in depth study readable on-line:
This is your brain on politics #2 extended mix

And as for me. now if I smell prtisan propaganda, I'm out. I am only receptive tointelligent analysis and if the writer states their own bias that is fine.



posted on Jan, 23 2012 @ 10:58 PM
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Emotional manipulation is an absolute fact. It is also a fact that rational thinking and logic fly right out the window in the face of emotion. Logic isn't everything, and emotion is a vital part of humanity, but TPTB have turned emotion against the majority in a scary way.

I'm going to get flamed, but I have to comment on the soldier thing. I was in the service when I was younger, so I know how emotions can especially affect young men. That said, I no longer think our soldiers are "defending the country" and therefore I no longer "support the troops". In fact I do not respect our soldiers who continue to fight in preemptive aggressive, undeclared, and therefore Unconstitutional wars. They are not upholding their oath to defend the Constitution, but rather obeying Unconstitutional orders.

For those of you questioning if you are emotionally controlled - ask yourself, why do you support the soldiers? Is it because they are victims of a corrupt system and they have no choice but to follow orders? Consider that the soldiers in the military now had to have resigned since the wars started in 2001. They knew what they were signing up for. So how can they be victims of the system when they VOLUNTEERED to be there?

I always hear, "I don't support the war, but I support the troops". You don't agree with the crime, but you support the accomplices? How is that logical?

I know this sounds harsh, but logically our soldiers as members of the military are acting as aggressors in sovereign foreign nations. Supporting them is irrational and based on an emotional appeal. They are portrayed as victims of a corrupt system in order to evoke emotions of sympathy and support. I argue that they are complicit in a crime and therefore deserve no sympathy or support.


There is no logical argument to support the troops, so yes you are being emotionally manipulated.


If the US ever faces a REAL threat to the mainland, then I will stand with our soldiers and defend the US. Also, if they wake up and decide to go after the domestic threats to the Constitution (NDAA supporters...) I will stand with them. Until then I have no respect for those who volunteer to fight for such a corrupt government.
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posted on Jan, 24 2012 @ 12:19 AM
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Originally posted by ShockTruther
Emotional manipulation is an absolute fact. It is also a fact that rational thinking and logic fly right out the window in the face of emotion. Logic isn't everything, and emotion is a vital part of humanity, but TPTB have turned emotion against the majority in a scary way.


Yes this is true, this can all be led back to Freud's nephew, who pretty much realized that by attaching emotions and desires to objects, corporations can thrive.


I'm going to get flamed, but I have to comment on the soldier thing. I was in the service when I was younger, so I know how emotions can especially affect young men. That said, I no longer think our soldiers are "defending the country" and therefore I no longer "support the troops". In fact I do not respect our soldiers who continue to fight in preemptive aggressive, undeclared, and therefore Unconstitutional wars. They are not upholding their oath to defend the Constitution, but rather obeying Unconstitutional orders.


The problem comes in the misinformation being spread. Most people in the US army don't really know what they're fighting for. This problem is tied with money. It's easy for the government to start throwing more money at people who sign up for wars, and that will always attract more people who needs that money to survive, or to help their family survive. Instead of fighting back the system, we just become sell outs in the end. It's sad really.



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