The Lights Are On, But Nobody Is Home

Hypnotists (and a lot of other professions that may not own up to it) rely on the power of suggestion. There is anecdotal evidence of deadly diseases being cured by suggestion. These stories usually cause the medical establishment (especially the drug companies) to turn green, foam at the mouth, wail, and in some cases, the liver falls out. Often, they mumble something about “the placebo effect.” If you are experiencing any of these symptoms now, please stop reading this post and consult a local drug company representative–you will find them delivering food and goodies to your doctor’s office every day.

On the other hand, there is evidence that the power of suggestion can be used to harm people, even cause them to die. If doing good with the power of  suggestion is a placebo, then this process is more of a “nocebo.”

None of this is rocket science. It is well known. So, how do you explain this one: The US Government sponsors a web site for people who fear that they might have Lupus.  That in of itself, is probably a good thing. Lupus is a potentially deadly auto-immune disease. I have no problem with tax dollars going to help people who might be suffering from it.

My problem is with the name of the site  (and its URL): WWW. CouldIHaveLupus.com. What is the problem? Take the name out of the URL: Could I Have Lupus. Obviously a question, but it is an ambiguous question:  Does it mean “Do you think I might have Lupus?” or could it be interpreted as something similar to “Could I have a cup of coffee?” Truth is that both are equally plausible. The reader has to dip into his subconscious, and search through the possible meanings.

In NLP, we understand that this is pretty much the same as giving the person a hypnotic suggestion.  And we know that people who are stressed are more suggestible. People who are frightened are more suggestible. People who are in pain are more suggestible. People visiting this site probably fall into at least one of these categories.

It is a stupid name. The idiots ought to fix it.

One thought on “The Lights Are On, But Nobody Is Home

  1. Hey mate,

    I really like the “other professions” comment. Politics and medicine are huge. And “the politics of medicine” is all about trance, hypnosis, suggestion and IDIOTS.

    “Health care” is (should be) caring about ones health.

    Anyhooo….

    So I worked in this nursing home years ago. Played a lot with NLP and hypnosis off the record. One of the residents there was pretty much a total polarity responder. At least that is what some people would call her. She would disagree with ANYTHING – and she would disagree with anyone.

    So the man I called “the doctor of death” came to see her. He was a powerful hypnotist – without knowing it. He would give a patient so many months to live, and they would almost always die to the day of his prediction.

    Not Barbara. She looked him in the eye, and said, REALLY?

    She had 6 months, according to old doc doom. It was 6 YEARS later I saw her, still going strong.

    Most folks are looking for “an authority” to tell them “what to think” (and “when to die” when they are sitting in the home). Barbara wasn’t. She is the authority.

    Have a great day, keep writing good stuff.

    Mr Twenty Twenty
    Whooo yah!

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