Before you know it, out of desire to be consistent with what you do and say, you start identifying as one of the group. Compare that to, let’s say, a controlling karate teacher who is verbally and physically abusive toward his students while expecting total admiration and obedience in return, who makes them think like they are the only group of people who are about to know some special secret that will put both Terminator and Rambo to shame.This is particularly powerful if you know that your confessions were recorded or filmed — just in case you forget, there is a physical proof of your new identity. It all started with a small donation, then some type of fun event (lots of new friends), and, before you know it, you are sitting in a little boat protesting Shell’s drilling in the polar region while your education and career are put on hold. Whether his motives here are financial or a simple desire to control and feel superior, there is no doubt he is using mind manipulation techniques mentioned above.In the beginning it might be something seemingly insignificant like agreeing that the members of the group are fun and loving people or that some of their views are indeed valid. While they got you to do something you would never consider doing before, Greenpeace doesn’t use you to their own advantage.Once you accept that one little thing, you may be more ready to accept another one and then another one and another… They asked you to do what they believe is right (although opinions may vary) and you agreed — there is no personal gain here.Existence of affirmations (as self-improvement technique) is another proof that repetition works.If you can persuade yourself through repetition, chances are someone may attempt to use repetition to manipulate you into thinking and behaving in a certain way.A few months ago, we discussed psychological manipulation in interpersonal relationships, defined the difference between manipulator and influencer, mentioned some risk factors or emotional hot buttons that make you more susceptible to manipulation, as well as some signs and symptoms that you are in emotionally abusive relationship.
A lot of people in such situations will simply look at what others do and do the same.
A study mentioned in Journal of Experimental Psychology shows that individuals who had not slept for only 21 hours were more susceptible to suggestion.