There is a famous scene in Star Wars where Obi Wan Kenobi uses Jedi mind tricks on an Imperial security officer in order to evade detection and arrest. This, of course, is not science fiction, but rather a dramatization of hypnotism, which is scientifically proven to be effective.
Hypnotism has evolved in recent decades to include the practice of neuro-liguistic programming (NLP), a vetted technique to confuse and control someone’s mind in real-time. Largely developed in the 1970’s by psychologist and language researchers “studying the thinking and behavioural skills used by particularly effective and successful people.”
“NLP stands for Neuro-Linguistic Programming, a name that encompasses the three most influential components involved in producing human experience: neurology, language and programming. The neurological system regulates how our bodies function, language determines how we interface and communicate with other people and our programming determines the kinds of models of the world we create. Neuro-Linguistic Programming describes the fundamental dynamics between mind (neuro) and language (linguistic) and how their interplay affects our body and behavior (programming).” [Source]
The techniques are simple and for around $10, anyone can purchase a how-to manual, such as Barbara Gibson’s, The Complete Guide to Understanding and Using NLP: Neuro-linguistic Programming Explained Simply. It really is no big secret anymore, and while many of the world’s most successful businessmen and world leaders use it daily, you can be sure that it is employed by media personalities and politicians to dupe the public.
Here is an interesting example, where a well-known and somewhat famous Canadian hypnotist uses some of the techniques of NLP in real-time on a Canadian police officer to get out of a speeding ticket. While it is important to note that something like this won’t always work and is very risky, the following footage is a compelling reminder that we may be wise to consider how these and more advanced techniques may be at work against us in the world today.