Manipulation is a product of emotion, and we prefer to think ourselves creatures of logic and reason. We don't invest in emotion too greatly – even
as emotion, in all reality, dictates far more of our behavior than does logic.
There is truth in this but does that in and of itself make emotion a bad thing. Intentionally manipulative people often enjoy manipulating the more
sincere and empathic people by 'pulling their strings' and taking joy in their own self-percieved superiority in being able to do so.
Have you ever become compliant, happy, and overly courteous simply because you smelled your favorite food cooking?
Have you ever found youself overly generous and compassionate because you saw true pain in the eyes of another?
Is there a particular celebrity who either incites you to hysteria or absolute rage simply at the sight of them or the sound of their voice?
Have you ever known a person who knew exactly how to calm or infuriate you with a single glance or word?
Is there a song or film clip that makes you instantly emotional each and every time you are exposed to it?
Guess what? These are cases where logic failed you and manipulation won out.
Look at these pictures, and please pause for just a moment, on each, so that you can have a chance to recognize the emotions that they make invoke.
Not everyone will react to each and every image – but you should react to enough of them to understand what I am getting at:
So because people tend to be manipulated via their emotions does that mean that it would be good for people to develop an emotional detachment to the
world around them to reduce the affects of intentional manipulation?
I would say that perhaps it would be good for people to not detach from their emotional capacity but to strengthen there capacity for discernment
before they invest emotionally in that which would grab their attention in the outer world.
These photos that were displayed in the OP remind me of some of the tests done to decipher if someone is a psychopath or not (not implying the OP is
one). In studies done in prisons those prisoners who scored as psychopaths on previous tests were hooked up to equipment that monitored their body in
ways that can't be changed on a conscious level such as brain patterns, blood pressure, heart rate etc... and they were shown photographs on a screen
in front of them, photos of horror interspersed with photos of beautiful things, dead bodies then a field of flowers, a word such as cancer then
What they found was that there was no change in response in the psychopaths between the wonderful images and the horrific images, it was all the same
to them, one did not mean any more or less than the other.
The same test was done on the non-pychopathic prisoners and there was a definate change in their bodily responses to the said stimuli, they reacted to
the images as one would have thought on a bodily level.
I do believe that what advertisers and intentional manipulators are doing is to try and kill this natural often unconsious response that is connected
to something that is in the core of many of us which is the conscience and the capacity to have an emotional response. To be able to feel and have
genuine discernment at the same time. The capacity to care, love and not be made a fool in the process.
One of the purposes that the elite have is to turn us cold, to kill our emotions. They are psychopaths but there are many around us in the real world
who are also without a conscience. They are the enemy, predators, no less so than a hungry lion is to a deer. Human predators that would strip away
our capacity to feel emotion by taking advantage of us and laughing in our faces afterword that we brought it on ourselves.
The cremation of care. Once they strip people of their capacity to feel, to care for themselves and others on a genuine and sincere level then they
have already won the 'game' no matter what side of the fence a person sits on. The thing is to not be tricked through the emotions without having a
good capacity for discernment and to also keep your capacity to have genuine emotions based on that discernment at the same time.
I would rather be tricked though into feeling a genuine emotion that turned out to be unwarranted than to be an emotionless and detached drone.