Friday, September 12, 2008

Subliminal Messages

I was watching a lecture hosted by a well-known psychologist who has written many books on knowing yourself and knowing when others are trying to fool you. The subject was emotionally-driven and held the attention of the audience. When it ended, he had a "few words" for the audience. His "few words" referred back to his lecture and then to his sponsors. The audience was so enamoured with the subject of the lecture that most didn't realize he had slipped in a commercial.

Subliminal messages that pray heavily on our emotions from experts or someone we hold in high esteem to sell products, services, etc., is downright underhanded. The ad agencies are getting more and more cleaver in using these messages. We are living in an age of subliminal messages and I hope we haven't become so used to messages infiltrating our brain that we can't think for ourselves. Is there a message here?


Samantha said...

"Thank you for the enlightening post. Appreciate it a lot.
Subliminal messaging can indeed be very powerful. Interesting enough, a website (non-aff link) sells a bunch of subliminal programs. Might be interesting to check them out. "

Mary I said...

Sometimes the subliminal messages are not so much...After one or two affirmations or failures to respond on any given subject then maybe we should just get the hint? However, I'm reluctant to go there because with todays busy lives, people sre spreading them selves too thin...but, on the otherhand subtle inuendo can border on downright rude!?