The Many Ways We're Being Manipulated

Every hour of every day, we’re bombarded by attempts to influence our behavior – what to buy, how to vote, what to click on next…

And most of the time, we are completely oblivious to them.

As humans, we have psychological triggers that, once activated, make us much more vulnerable to the schemes of marketers, politicians and anyone else looking to manipulate us – as well as to separate us from our freedoms and our money.

Nobody understands the science of persuasion better than Dr. Robert Cialdini, famously known as “The Godfather of Influence”. In today’s video – which is one of my favorite interviews I’ve done so far – he identifies the specific techniques being used to pull our strings, and explains how to best defend against them.


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The goal of many of the psychological tricks being used against us is to shift our brains into a state where our emotions (which are more easily manipulable) overpower our rational mind when it comes to decision-making.

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This is a companion discussion topic for the original entry at

Buy the books. According to Scott Adams, creator of “Dilbert”, Trump was a master of Cialdini’s works. For good or evil, you judge. I’m guessing Adams was a master of them, also. As I remember, Presuasion was all new material at the time of publication. I had never seen that material before. So buy the books ‘because…’, but suit yourself.

FYI: The new and expanded version of Robert’s seminal book, Influence: The Psychology of Persuasion, can be purchased here.

I was never so complimented as when someone compared my behavioral tips for those in my industry to those of Dr. Cialdini. Looking forward to this!

It was very weird to actually see Cialdini talk about his book in an interview. His book is such the gold standard he seemed almost like a historical figure to me. Crazy, I know. Thanks for the interview!

I found this from Ingo Swann’s book which seem apropos.

Thus, belief-management has always been a top priority for those occupying the top positions in the hierarchy.
It is then usually only one brief step from belief management to belief manipulation.
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I felt I had to comment on the irony in watching a video interview with Dr. Cialdini, I was being subjected to the same persuasive forces he was discussing! This is now the second PP video format I watched where I had to go somewhere else to watch the second half; and I continued to wonder what Adam was talking about of the link “in the video description below”…until I finally realized he was talking about the YouTube video. So instead of being able to watch the interview in relative peace and quiet behind the PP paywall (for which I pay $300/yr), I feel I’m being nudged to go to another site where I am supposed to click subscribe buttons, like buttons, little bells - oh, and don’t forget those Nazi dog videos! Guys, I understand you have gone through a great upheaval in your business recently, and I’m not trying to be snotty about this. Nor do I have any understanding of the nightmare you must endure in dealing with YouTube as a content provider. Perhaps this is a transitory move to help Adam setup his Wealthion subscriber base. But is it too much to ask to be able to watch all of the content you graciously provide on the site that I paid for? A little more transparency on this issue would be greatly appreciated. Thank you.

Thanks for sharing, I have been meaning to read that.

Have you read Penetration by Ingo Swann? It’s a remarkably mind bending tale.

A little more transparency on this issue would be greatly appreciated. Thank you.
You should have said, “a little more opacity would be appreciated,” if you want this info behind a paywall.

Indeed I have, Agitating.
I draw upon it heavily in my Model. Consider 911 to be a display of military prowess to put the “mighty” MIC in it’s place.
I consider that my model is more robust, if incredulous, than any other that I have seen. Juxtapose the following facts.

  1. We never used Apollo 20. It is on display in a museum.
  2. Thereafter we sent Clementine, a military spy satellite, around the back of the moon. (To study moon-rocks, no doubt.)
  3. We had pre-knowledge of the 911 event. That much becomes apparent when you notice that the cameras were on tripods.
  4. Our allies, Saudi Arabia and Israel, were asked to be fall-guys for the MIC's inability to respond.
  5. The towers turned to dust and blew away. (There was no seismic signal commensurate with anything hitting the ground.)
  6. Remote viewing has been demonstrated to be 60% accurate to any honest appraisal.
Putting all these facts together with the Covid flap, my model supports an Alien intervention. (Which is not going according to plan, BTW. We were supposed to be all panicking to Muster points at the present moment. The Aliens are not omni-potent Gods.)