Discovering motivations can be very easy. However, certain motivations may also be obscured or suppressed, resulting in an attraction to assistance in recognizing motivations.
The next several paragraphs may not be essential to understand when re-accessing buried motivations. However, understanding of why certain motivations are targeted (and how they are targeted) might be helpful.
So, why would a motivation be targeted for suppression? Specific motivations may be deemed disruptive to certain social interests. In contrast, other motivations may be socially validated and encouraged (at least after certain methods for pursuing the socially-approved motivation are effectively installed as habits in the targeted population).
Only because certain motivations may have been compromised, then it may be relevant to explore the subject of motivation with the possibility of accessing inactive motivations. Further, because certain methods for pursuing a motivation may be programmed as “socially-approved,” that can result in unrealistic expectations, startling disappointments, confusion, shame, frustration, and exhaustion. Instead of rapidly recognizing that a particular method is simply producing results that are not satisfying, there can be tremendous hysteria to defend the habitual momentum and to avoid a more efficient learning process, which would typically feature clarity, calm, curiosity, brain-storming, experimentation, and adaption.
Systems of social programming can be developed to influence people to be ashamed of certain motivations or emotions (and then to channel those repressed motivations in to socially-programmed behaviors). Because of the effectiveness of social rituals to repress specific motivations that may be disruptive to certain social interests, there may be tremendous ongoing investment in creating appropriate curriculums to be publicized to targeted populations. When something works especially well to promote certain social interests, then that method will typically be nourished and cultivated and expanded.
THE EVOLUTION OF SYSTEMS OF SOCIAL PROGRAMMING
Next, we can note the historical evolution of systems of social programming, such as the Roman Catholic Church’s 1622 “Sacred Congregation of Propaganda,” then the expansion of those methods in to universities, military training facilities, and then eventually schools for children, and finally the application of those methods to media and publicity, such as described by Edward Bernays in his short 1929 book, “Propaganda.” We will briefly review each of those next.
In 1622, Pope Gregory XV created a new bureaucratic agency to supervise foreign missions. It was originally called the Congregatio de Propaganda Fide (“congregation for propagating the faith”). In 1967, it was renamed the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples.
The “College of Propaganda” in Rome is the building where future missionaries go for training. Other training institutions founded for similar purposes by the Roman Catholic Church or one of its branches (such as The Jesuits) include the University of Notre Dame, Dartmouth College, or Georgetown University. Over time, numerous other training facilities adopted similar methods, although often without any obvious crediting of where they “borrowed” their programming rituals.
Of course, the tradition of propaganda is much older than a few centuries. The military tactic of propaganda (including spreading misleading information during warfare) goes back thousands of years.
Psychological warfare typically is designed to demoralize targeted populations. Or, military propaganda can be used to rally support for a risky, expensive invasion, such as the first invasion of Europe by the United States (now called “World War One”).
In his 1929 book “Propaganda,” Edward Bernays detailed some extremely deceptive methods that he used in the 1910s to manipulate the US public in to feeling intense reactions of guilt, shame, and outrage. His methods were very effective at shifting public opinion from widespread opposition to an invasion of Europe toward hysterical demands for an invasion by the US (to liberate, to rescue, to protect, to defend).
The pro-war propaganda was so effective that soon he was hired by a cigarette company to increase cigarette consumption by women in the US. One of the conceptual associations that the company presented to targeted populations was the idea that those who eat a diet so low in nutrients that they are not satisfied by normal portions of food should simply smoke a cigarette (rather than find food that is nutritious). (See image below.)
Then he was hired to increase demand for diamond jewelry (especially rings) through the use of even more innovative programming methods. Bernays hired scriptwriters to create movies centered around an emotional climax of (an actor playing) a handsome leading man presenting a beautiful actress with a diamond ring and then asking her to marry him. (The actress would follow the script and happily say “yes!”)
What were the results of a few decades of movies featuring those “product placements?” Quickly, diamonds became the standard stones in the US for wedding rings and engagement rings.
Public demand for these diamond rings rocketed (based simply on the powerful emotions generated through the calculated manipulation of movie audiences). The same diamond rings that would be sold in 1920 for only $50 could be sold for dozens of times that much within just a few decades. Not only did most of the movies earn a direct profit for the investors, but the indirect profit to the diamond companies was enormous.
So, the masses have been programmed to experience attraction toward certain methods (such as smoking cigarettes) to satisfy certain natural motivations (such as hunger). The innate desire to preserve one’s own safety may be discarded in order to attract social approval by enlisting during wartime to be one of the heroic soldiers who are “defending our nation’s honor as good Christians.”
Some motivations will be suppressed as shameful and others will be stirred up (and then a specific habitual method for pursuing that motivation can be installed). Even when people are aware of the presence of an unfulfilled motivation (such as through anxiety or frustration or boredom), their motivations may be in conflict (due to social conditioning), rather than in natural alignment with each other.
In that case, people may congregate to “positive thinking” churches that feature lessons about “the law of attraction” and program subtle shames about the experience of anxiety. Though there may be some benefits for some people (such as withdrawing from people that are abusive toward them to retreat to less abusive interactions), is it actually effective to be anxious about avoiding anxiety (to be paranoid about experiencing fear)? To get a definitive answer, we might ask James Ray, one of the experts featured in the hit movie The Secret.
However, he is still in prison, right? He was indicted, “fled from justice,” then was arrested in Phoenix, Arizona at the airport while making a connecting flight through Phoenix, and soon was convicted and sentenced. He eventually completed his prison sentence and is back in action as a self-help guru, but now with a new and improved look featuring facial hair!
What I personally like about “positive thinking” groups is that their procedural foundation is “being attentive to your habitual patterns of thinking.” Habits of cultivating distress and distraction are coping mechanisms that help people to suppress motivations that they have been programmed to identify as shameful (socially dangerous). Through introspection, it can be useful to recognize the existence of habitual narratives of victimhood, despair, contempt, misery, and so on. However, it may also be relevant to recognize the original function (“positive intent”) of those narratives of ritual negativity.
We build certain “self-talk mechanisms” to repeatedly generate repulsion (“negativity”) to counter or neutralize attractions that we have been conditioned to suppress in order to avoid social punishment (due to intimidation). The root problem is not the negative narrative. It was actually a solution to a more basic problem. The original problem was that we felt threatened or anxious about social approval and social punishment.
Imagine that someone has $250,000 of savings and is told “you will be fired from your job unless you lie in the research paper as you have been instructed.” What effect would having lots of money have for someone who is being targeted with most common forms of corporate blackmail? What if they already have $10 million of savings?
If they feel financially secure, then they probably do not need to pretend to feel something else. They do not need to please others in order to survive. They do not need to “fit in.” They do not need to suppress disappointment or anxiety in order to “look confident” or “look cheerful.”
Because of the momentum of old habits of “negative thinking,” it can be helpful to consider the value of “positive thinking.” However, one new affirmation of “positive thinking” would not have been enough to keep James Ray out of prison or to make the metal bars of his cell turn in to pasta noodles, right? That kind of “magical thinking” is also known as “being delusional.”
If there are real circumstances in our lives that cause anxiety in us, it can be beneficial to address those issues. What are some examples of situations that should trigger anxiety?
In an emergency, what is the loud annoying siren of a smoke alarm designed to do? It is designed to produce a sudden shift in attention for anyone who can hear it. They are to be on the alert for smoke (and fire). They are to take emergency precautions.
That is a trigger for an urgent, temporary anxiety. What about more lasting issues?
I already referenced different levels of financial security ($10 million in savings as compared to only $250,000 in savings). Other triggers for anxiety can be related to health. What about presence of irritants such as contaminated foods or artificial lighting that over-stimulates the brain with a steady flood of stress hormones? What about a chronic lack of oxygen to the brain cells? That can lead to “chronic fatigue,” “brain fog,” “clinical depression,” and exhaustion. While not as obvious as drowning or intense hyperventilation, the actual issue of oxygen to the brain cells is the same one.
So, the problem with some triggers of anxiety and discontent is that they are not as obvious as others. To me, different levels of financial security is a pretty obvious issue. However, most people are not aware of their actual overall health levels because they have been programmed with indoctrination about fitness.
Lance Armstrong was a very successful endurance athlete. He won several long-distance cycling championships. However, his health grew worse and worse because of his training regimen.
He nearly died of cancer, which motivated him to downgrade the importance to him of winning and upgrade the importance of his health. He dramatically altered his diet from a cancer-promoting diet very high in carbohydrates to a ketogenic diet (high fat, very low carb). He also discovered the health benefits of “cryotherapy” (cold temperatures).
He stopped doing the ritual practices that produced “cancer tumors” (an accumulation of waste materials in excess of the body’s ability to eliminate those wastes). He started doing things that promoted the body’s ability to eliminate wastes efficiently, plus have much more efficient metabolism, resulting in the production of much less waste.
After getting very interested in health because of developing cancer (creating cancer through his neglect), he returned to competing as an endurance athlete and, years later, broke some of his own old records. Again, to focus on promoting health, he downgraded the short-term motivation of high performance as an athlete (which included the use of drugs that were not allowed in his sport). By downgrading his attention to short-term performance, he learned things which eventually led to him having massive breakthroughs in performance (after his recovery from demonic possession by a living entity called cancer).
That last bit was a joke, by the way. Cancer may not actually be a living demon that possesses organisms and eats them away from the inside like a parasite.
Many mainstream health care specialists may relate to cancer and other diagnostic labels as living entities that cause symptoms. However, does blindness cause visual impairment? Does baldness cause hair loss? Does diabetes cause high blood sugar? Does cancer cause tumors?
Diagnostic labels of not cause effects. Diagnostic labels are labels given to certain groups of symptoms in order to help increase the effectiveness of treatments designed to either suppress the immune system of the patient (fight symptoms) or to promote the overall health of the patient so that the body’s healing mechanisms (the symptoms) can be completed efficiently and smoothly.
If someone refers to modern medicine as a hysterical religion of demon worship, I would understand what they mean. People are programmed with hysterias and paranoias about various health issues. After sufficient emotional stimulation, then subtle hypnotic suggestions can be programmed in to the targeted populations. They will be trained to relate to diagnostic labels (like cancer or scurvy) in certain ways as well as to relate to mainstream medical professionals in certain ways. Because of blind trust in the presumed competence of certain businesses, certain treatment protocols can be presented as relevant even without any scientific evidence to support that method (or with massive amounts of contrary evidence).
Through terrifying and intimidating the masses, sales of certain medical procedures can not only be increased, but public opinion can be manipulated to allow governments to force taxpayers to subsidize a particular medical intervention. Certain treatments can be even made mandatory. Those who do not participate in socialized medicine can be fined, arrested, quarantined, incarcerated, or simply executed.
So, to back up to universal issues, we all value health and safety. Wealth is useful to promote health and safety, so we all also value wealth (whether we think of wealth as owning a herd of goats or owning a pack of cigarettes).
We all value discovering our motivations, but many of us do not even know that we may have inactive motivations that we have been trained to bury and then hysterically avoid. Further, even if we recognize that we may have been programmed to suppress certain motivations as shameful, we may not know how to rediscover those motivations and then create a renewed alignment of motivations.
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Aligned motivations are when repulsion and attraction work together to create propulsion. Conflicting motivations are when programmed repulsions are neutralizing certain attractions. That creates inefficiency or simply prevents initiative completely. Grief, shame, and frustration can be intense.
Imagine an arm in which both the tricep and bicep are always tight. Normally, the bicep bends the arm at the elbow. The tricep straightens the arm.
However, if both muscles are tightened at once, then the whole arm will shake. The muscles are “opposing” each other, which means that they produce opposite motions.
When both muscles are loose, then the arm is called relaxed. If the person walks, the arms will swing in a relaxed way. But what if both the tricep and bicep are constantly held tight?
In that case, the arm will not freely swing while someone walks. The arm will still swing some, but in a rigid, clunky way. That “uncoordinated” movement can even lead to damage to the joints.
So, if someone’s biceps and triceps are already activated (tight/ tense), then it takes a lot of new energy to counter the existing “grip” and produce movement. When the opposing muscles are both relaxed, then it takes very little exertion to produce movement.
Conflicting motivations (or conflicting methods) are like trying to use your arm without ever relaxing any of the muscles. By keeping a constant tension, every new motion will be resisted by the prior tensions.
Why is chronic physical tension so common in modern people? They have been trained to suppress certain social signals. Which ones? People may be trained to suppress certain facial expressions and to present only expressions that signal cheerfulness and receptivity. As for arm gestures, they may be trained to suppress motions that signal aggression (or they may be encouraged to emphasize motions that display aggression, especially in order to distract people from any signals that might reveal fear or anxiety).
Displays of disappointment (grief) may be shamed. Imagine social intimidation rituals in which frightened, confused people are told that “everyone in our classroom displays only happiness (no matter what their actual emotional experience may be). So, do not ever display discontent to the teacher. Do not display it to your peers. Certainly do not display it to your parents!”
It is not precise to refer to “aligning motivations.” The reality is that innate motivations are always well-coordinated. The reality is that we have been programmed with motivations that are actually social programs, not internal motivations.
So, the healing process may include reviewing different motivations, emphasizing those that are “internally-coherent,” and relaxing any motivations that are actually secondary coping mechanisms that were implanted during schooling rituals. If we are not in the midst of the typical social pressures of a classroom setting, then we probably do not need to maintain the behavioral habits that were adaptive in that social context.
We were trained to be quiet and wait for instruction. Has no one from the government come to your door today and presented you with your agenda for the next few hours? Well, if not, then how about being quiet and just waiting?
What should you focus on today so that you can memorize that content and then repeat it back during the test and receive social validation? By the way, how important to you is receiving social validation? If it is important, how exactly? What specific difference does social approval make to you, if any?
If you begin to be curious about experiencing internal validation from innate motivations, should you stop immediately and turn on the TV to find out what the current government authority is publicizing for public study? Should you wait for someone to tell you whether you should respect any motivation that you experience, like even ones that have not received an explicit social approval from the government authority? Is there going to be a test after which you can be congratulated for earning a colorful piece of paper authorizing you to call yourself “a certified expert in memorizing and repeating other people’s ideas in order to attract social approval?”
How do I help people to experience clear, coherent motivation? I simply help them to release socially-installed motivations. Whatever is left is innate motivation.
Generally speaking, innate motivations cannot be removed. They can only be covered (buried).
So, when various motivations are noticed, it is usually quite easy to tell which ones are innate and which ones are programmed. Also, some programmed motivations may be very effective in someone’s current social context. In that case, that is useful to know.
It can be important to learn the art of social theatrics. In a social context in which social theatrics are an advantage, then not only do methods of social theatrics benefit us, but the better we can get at that method, the more beneficial it can be.
However, displaying respect for social ideals about motivation is not the same as inattentively presuming that ideals about motivation are precise or relevant. Different social groups will have different ideals. All of the ideals can be respected and that respect can be valuable.
Displays of disrespect may also be valuable. That is where social theatrics comes in. If other people in your midst are operating according to a script, then it can be useful to know which script they are using habitually (unconsciously). If you know what script they are using, you can even introduce innovation within the framework of their existing script (without triggering distress in them by violating the boundaries of the script that they are using).
You can display disrespect according to someone else’s script. However, after a ritual display of disrespect (in order to align with their script), you can THEN introduce a tangent that may lead them to an intelligent, calm attention to the presumptions of the script that they have been using (or that you presume they have been using). You can even experiment with “challenging people on the issue of which script they are using.”
Exactly how do I assist people with aligning their motivations? I operate from coherent motivation. I present them obvious examples of coherent motivation. I also present them with examples of conflicted motivation (programmed motivations which conflict with innate motivations).
If people can recognize for themselves which motivations are innate and which are learned, then they can experience for themselves the benefits of that recognition. They can stay “in focus” and have immediate awareness of any lapse of focus (in others or in themselves). They can return immediately to calm focus.
Perceptiveness leads to precise action. Precise action produces breakthroughs in power. Much better results can be produced with much less effort.
Why? Because someone who is trying to hide anxiety is not going to be very good at using their arms to swing a baseball bat. By helping people to relax, I switch their attention from hiding shameful emotions to leveraging emotion to produce power.
The excitement of anxiety is related to hormones like adrenalin and cortisol. Those are performance-enhancing substances. Anxiety is not the problem. Anxiety may be a big part of the solution.
How well does an athlete do when they shift from hiding anxiety to working in alignment with anxiety? They relax chronic muscle tensions (such as the stress that locks down on their biceps and triceps, interfering with their strength). They increase their heart-rate. They increase their perceptiveness and capacity to learn. They increase their precision. They massively increase their power and their performance.
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