Thursday, May 1, 2008

How Easily Persuaded We Really Are: "Mystical Manipulation"

Ramping up for another "thatmom Podcast" on Spiritual Abuse on Friday, May 2nd, I thought I would give anyone who happens to venture by this site another taste of how impressionable we really are. I received much feedback about the previous post, so I thought I'd offer this one here as well.

Derren Brown uses many different techniques, but he's a particularly good hypnotist. This isn't hypnosis per se, in the sense that the last video was, so this one might be more applicable to how people can lead us to think what they want us to think in a religious context.

I would classify this as Lifton's technique of
"Mystical Manipulation."