The question in the headline may seem odd, but consider. Many of the things we want are desires adeptly created by marketing and/or peer influence. It’s easy to recognize in teen agers.
Cassandra brings us a more vivid example of how ideas and desires can be influenced:
I was simply wondering whether all this is financial furor is simply, well, psychological, behavioural, maybe even imagined? And if so, perhaps, rather than embarking upon some of the messy heavy lifting and austerity seemingly required to alter consumption, savings and political orientation problems, we can simply alter our minds. Enter Neuro-Linguistic Programming. Why has this been relegated to the likes of McDonalds and the soap-powder advertisers, when the world of high-finance is simply screaming out for quick and easy solutions to the big financial and economic problems of our day such as sustaining the price s of level-3 assets, monoline solvency, performance of Alt-A or BBB mortgage tranches as well as extending the maximum amount of leverage households and the US government might safely assume before the lenders say no?
Tony Robbins uses NLP along with other tricks, and I know some people who claim they employ it to great effect.
The demo below, according to Cassandra, shows
the fabulous Derren Brown operate upon a dyed-in-the wool cynic like english actor-director-writer Simon Pegg
BTW, the way he touches Pegg’s shoulder and hand is significant, although I don’t know enough about the technique to say how.