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Manipulation brainwashing

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The human mind is a funny thing. We believe that everything we do is our own thoughts. For example, we get married, have children and go to work. Apart from these obvious collective human traits we take for granted, the rest of the time we are individuals.

These things that we do are paramount to our happiness and make sense. And everything we do, like that, we do ourselves because we want too. Most of us go through life never ever thinking any different.

But what happens if something comes along to lift that 'veil' that we wrap ourselves in so cosily, to make ourselves comfortable. If something suddenly makes you see the world clearly for the first time in your life, what would you do, or more importantly, think?

As we grow and reach our teenage years, the thoughts that make us individual tend to get pushed to the back of our minds. At this stage of our lives we tend to be collective. A bit like the Borg in Star Trek. We go to the pub or bar, follow our friends to the nightclub, or just stay at home, and watch the sport on TV. Looking back, we don't remember who's idea it was to do these things, we, just as any group around the world, do these things because that's what other teenagers do.

But when we get older, we presume that most of us will grow out of this collective idea, and start out on our life's journey. A singular person with our own minds.

But How Much of This Is Manipulation?

let's start at the most important day of your lives. Getting married. you meet, fall in love and then decide to take the plunge that will join you together with your partner for life. Or however long you decide that you can both work at the marriage, without actually killing each other! But that's beside the point. So, on the surface you are doing what you want to do. And are happy. But after a few years or even months, something subtle starts to happen. One of you becomes more dominant.

Manipulation is a very quiet, silent alteration of the brain. In other words the way that you think, may not actually be 'you' thinking. For example, you have always gone out with your friends at the weekend. One day your husband decides that actually he would prefer you to stay in that night. You do it willingly because you love him. But what happens the next week? Or the weeks after that? You start to feel uncomfortable and decide that you would be better off staying in because you don't want to cause any hurt feelings. After a while, you come to believe that it was your idea in the first place.

Have you ever seen a man or a woman start acting strangely after being married for a while? it's because jealousy starts to rear it's ugly head. The films you watch, the places you go to, are all decided subconsciously because you want to make sure that your husband or wife does not get into the situation where they may meet someone else, or find them attractive. After a few years their whole lifestyle is based on avoiding these particular points. But if you asked them why they didn't go to that club, or watch that TV show, they would both state that they didn't like it, or it was boring. Subconsciously they were doing the 'avoidance' dance.

Are we being brainwashed?

Are we being brainwashed?

The Brainwashed World.

Now we as people, are becoming someone else. The person that you started out as, is no longer there. But what about the World in general? How much subconscious thinking is actually manipulated by the world as a whole? Take religion for example.

Every country in the World has their own belief system. I will stay with Christianity as this was the religion that I was brought up in. If you take the Bible, as many of you will understand it, we all know what happened to Jesus. But have you ever thought outside of the box? If you go to Church, you are told that Jesus died on the Cross and was resurrected. I am not disputing that. I do believe it. But what about afterwards? We have been so indoctrinated into believing those words that say He then 'Ascended to Heaven' have you actually read for yourselves what it says?

According to the Bible, Jesus was still alive for at least a couple of months afterwards. But for some reason, we, as a collective mind, never seem to take this on board. And more importantly, we never question where he was buried! The Bible states that he ascended to Heaven, but of course that was his Spirit, so where is his burial chamber? Get the point?

As a collective mind, as in the case of religion, we are brainwashed into only 'seeing' those words that are told us, and we avoid the parts which are actually staring us straight in the face. Because we are told something over and over again, we then believe it. I will call it 'Skimming'. Our minds skip over the other parts because we are not told to read them. Or more importantly, not told to question.



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We Presume.

We presume. Amazing statement. What does that mean? By presuming, we take on board the fact that others know more than we do. How can that be? They have read the same books as we have, why do they have more authority over the subject than us? They may have titles, Kings, Queens or Popes, but they are still people with the same mind as us.

There are many so called conspiracy theories that are always going around the World. From Aliens to Secret Societies. And for some reason we all get caught up in the excitement and mystery of it all. I have recently read the book The Lost Symbol by Dan Brown. In a nutshell this is about the Masonic Secret Society, and the fact that they have a hidden treasure that the World must not know about. Passed down through the ages, it is so important that even the highest initiate must only be allowed to know it's whereabouts after many years of training. What's that got to do with it, you may ask? When reading the book, one thing occurred to me.

Everything in life is pure Psychology!

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Take as an example this story.

I remember reading about a Priest who, after reading Dan Browns The Da Vinci Code, was so upset by the fact that maybe, just maybe he had been mistaken about the what happened at the time of Christ, actually jumped out of a building window and killed himself. How sad. Not only because he had his faith tested, but more importantly, he actually believed that one man, Dan Brown, was telling the truth!

There is one secret in life.

There is only one secret in life. And that is the fact that everything we see around us, everything that people do, say or try and make you believe is all Man Made! From the beginning of time, when Man first became aware of what was around him, he started to tell stories, manipulate the tribes, and later, the people of the World. But it all came from his mind. Everything comes from the brain. Nobody on this planet actually knows anything! I am not talking about anything Historical. Certain things in history are fact. We have proof, archaeological, the written word and many other ways.

These things are set in stone. Or are they? We have books that say one thing. Then another will be found that says something else. It is all guesswork. In the case of Jesus, we can believe it because it has been written down by many people, and this is an eyewitness account. So therefore it is physical proof. But anything else that is said, is just guess work. Therefore,

The whole world has been Psychologically made up by each generation!

Think outside the box, don't allow others to place you in One!

— Nell Rose

CIA Mind Control Techniques - Brainwashing.

Dan Brown The Lost Symbol

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The point that I am trying to make is, why do people become so cliche'd? An example is Dan Browns book again. Why do people spend years keeping something secret? Only this person can see it, blah blah. Why do we make up rituals? Surely if something like a Great Hidden Wonder really is out there, why not say, 'Okay folks, one at a time, come and see this great mystery'?

Why does man feel the need to manipulate, brainwash and make something out of nothing? Fair enough, if the object in question is dangerous, then keep it safe. Don't turn it into a secret society, where men stand on one leg, tie an apron around their waist and chant 'Oi Oi Oi while drinking wine from a skull! Childish!

Nobody can tell you when the world will end. Apart from scientists. And even then they don't know yet. If it can be proven then fine. Otherwise keep your opinion to yourself.

Don't be manipulated by one other person. Or by the collective. Think! Use your mind. Think outside the box.

Where we, as individuals, are concerned it is only when we become ourselves through freedom from others manipulation, can we actually know the real us. When I got divorced, and after all the hardship of it, I suddenly realised that actually I DO like watching this sort of film, and Yes I DO like that particular drinking hole. It was an amazing feeling.

In the same way, open your eyes. There is no one in this world that actually knows the truth about anything! No, I don't mean science, no I don't even mean religion. I am talking about much more subtle and psychological things than that. Always ask questions. And never ever be manipulated again. Think outside the box, you may just surprise yourself.

One last little story about manipulation. Thought you might like it. After sending off a cell phone to a recycling site, where they give you money for your old phones. I realised that the site was a con. Many people had left reviews saying that they had never received their money. After two weeks of hearing nothing, I got in contact with them. First they said it was already sent out, then they said it hadn't. It still never arrived.

After another few days, I got in touch with them again. I told them I worked for Google. I said that I was in the department that dealt with scams. I also mentioned the word panda. The girls voice changed to one of sheer panic. The next day I received my cheque, along with an extremely grovelling letter. I used pure manipulation.

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Nell Rose (author) from England on November 13, 2018:

LOL! Tim you do make me laugh!

Tim Truzy from U.S.A. on November 13, 2018:

Yes, my intelligent and clever friend across the Great Pond, some conditioning is better than others. (lol)

Nell Rose (author) from England on November 13, 2018:

Thanks as always Tim, and yes your wife yells you jump! LOL!

Tim Truzy from U.S.A. on November 12, 2018:

Hi, Nell,

This was an interesting article. I do believe at some level we are manipulated: culturally, societal, etc. Otherwise, commercials would be useless.

I remember reading about a psychological experiment involving subliminal suggestions. Apparently, a movie was shown in a theater. As the movie played, pictures of a particular type of soda pop was flashed by, so quickly the human eye could not see them. However, the impact was that the audiences tended to drink more soda pop. They quickly scratched the experiment and hid the results for 20 years. Our eyes and ears cannot hear every sound which may influence us.

Never mind behavioral components, such as like Povlovs dog. If my wife calls, I'm "conditioned" to respond. Likewise, when the flag raises, ....

This is part of the way societies keep themselves together. Without some sort of cultural recognizable symbols and behaviors, countries would soon descend into chaos. Also, we know the symbol of that goofy clown trying to get us to buy burgers and fries. Conditioning - blatant and subtle.

Religion often has so many "re-enforcers" (B. F. Skinner) that we learn how we should react when the preacher gives the sermon, when the music plays, when a sacred symbol is attacked, etc.

Is it brain washing? Yes, in many ways. But what else would we do?

Great article.

I believe we are conditioned but we have the ability to reject control.

Much respect and admiration,

Great article.

To a thought provoking, prolific, and informative writer,

Thanks for keeping my mind contemplating possibilities, Nell.


Nell Rose (author) from England on May 10, 2017:

Hiya Paula, lol! me neither! I don't fall for anything, only listen to my own mind and sod the rest! always great to see you!

Suzie from Carson City on May 08, 2017:

Hey there Nell, my pal.....I see this is an "oldie but goodie" being recirculated! I love when that happens to one of my hubs.

The last time I was ever manipulated was by my parents as a young daughter. Actually, I can't really refer to it as "brain-washing" since it was my obedience and respect for my parents.....

and oh yes, the fact that I wasn't fond of being grounded, sitting in my room for days!!

Ever since I've been an independent adult ( a BIG GIRL!) there's not been a human being born who can convince me of anything I find incredible or basically, a load of BS!! Great work as always Nell..........Peace, P.

Nell Rose (author) from England on May 08, 2017:

Hi Robert, thanks for reading. I had to go look to see which bit you meant. I added the bit about Jesus because people would understand the context. I always quote (someone said it!) that if you don't believe in God then you are closing all doors, if you do believe and its true, bonus, if its wrong you don't lose! LOL!

Robert Wehr on May 07, 2017:

Great article, but your last part about the bible goes against everything you wrote about. It's still fiction anyway you slice it. Man made bullshit.

Nell Rose (author) from England on November 21, 2015:

mimi, maybe I should have written about rudeness, you would be the expert on that, wouldn't you? and by the way? did I ask you to read it?!

mimi on November 21, 2015:

I think this article was a waste of time, it says what everybody knows and don't analyse anything.

Nell Rose (author) from England on June 29, 2015:

Hi ram, maybe, but also other religions can be very radical too, and even people who don't have a faith can be brainwashed in other ways, thanks for reading, nell

ram on June 29, 2015:

Don't you think islam found the biggest brainwashing technique in the world ?

Nell Rose (author) from England on June 20, 2015:

Hiya cent, yep thinking for ourselves is best, we just have to be careful not to fall into the trap, thanks for reading, nell

Centfie from Kenya on June 20, 2015:

Thanks for shedding some light on this issue. Keeping an open mind is the way to go to avoid being manipulated by the world

Nell Rose (author) from England on April 19, 2015:

Thanks Seal Beach, yep so true!

Seal Beach on April 18, 2015:

Actually, the whole world is For Sale. Financial independence and discipline is a proven method of avoiding "mind" manipulation and we are the pawns in the Whole World!

Nell Rose (author) from England on April 18, 2015:

Thanks Mary, yep me too! I used to be so gullible but not any more! have a wonderful day, and thanks again, nell

Mary Hyatt from Florida on April 18, 2015:

This Hub will never go out of date or become untimely! You wrote a very thought-provoking and interesting article.

I'm much too "bull-headed" to be led by someone else's thoughts or actions. I just do my own thing, but it took years of living before I got this way!

Voted UP, etc

Nell Rose (author) from England on April 17, 2015:

Hi Chitrangada, great to see you! yes I totally agree with what you say, some people realise that they are being manipulated, but others just go with the flow due to lack of intellect or understanding, thanks so much, nell

Chitrangada Sharan from New Delhi, India on April 17, 2015:

This is really interesting and insightful hub!

I agree most of us do get manipulated. But I think as we grow up and mature, its not easy for someone to manipulate or brainwash people.

There are certain beliefs and conventions however, that are difficult to ignore.

Interesting hub and I enjoyed reading it. Voted up!

Nell Rose (author) from England on December 13, 2012:

Good point about manipulation being necessary sometimes, and yes we would get out of control if we didn't have some sort of cohesion, thanks again for reading, and yes I can see your reading loads today, thank you, be over in a min! lol!

sfrentz06 from Sterling Heights, MI, USA on December 13, 2012:

Very interesting, (can you tell I'm at home reading hubs today in full force)? This is insightful and gets me thinking. I love this kind of stuff! It's easy to stop looking for answers when you have been told the same things all of your life. We are told how we should behave, what to buy, what to believe. I think even ads can brainwash us, they can become a religion to us, like feeling you have to keep up with the Jones's, but to a certain extent manipulation may be necessary to keep order. It can be a good thing, to help us differentiate from right and wrong.

Thought provoking!

Nell Rose (author) from England on August 15, 2012:

Hi Melovy, yes I saw that programme too! lol! thanks so much for reading, nell

Yvonne Spence from UK on August 14, 2012:

Nell, I agree with you that there is almost nothing any of us can know for sure, except perhaps that we exist. (Though a friend watched a Horizon program that seemed to suggest even that might not be true!)

It's not easy to break with convention and genuinely question our conditioned beliefs - but it is very rewarding.

Very interesting hub.

Nell Rose (author) from England on July 22, 2012:

Hi LS, that's it exactly, thanks so much for reading, cheers nell

Nell Rose (author) from England on July 22, 2012:

Hi LS, that's it exactly, thanks so much for reading, cheers nell

LS Bailey from Los Angles, CA on July 21, 2012:

Great Hub. Yes, we are manipulated and the first step to freedom is recognizing this manipulation and deprograming ourselves. Remembering we are individuals and NOT like everyone else.

Nell Rose (author) from England on July 12, 2012:

Yep so true Seal, its the same over here too! thanks for reading, cheers nell

Seal Beach on July 11, 2012:

I've been "conditioned" by our politicians that the nation's $15 Trillion

debt, will not ruined the country!

Nell Rose (author) from England on July 11, 2012:

Thanks Bibi, I think I understand what you are saying, but that's fine. I see you are from Serbia, so thanks for the translation. Thanks for reading, cheers nell

Bibi on July 11, 2012:

Thank you so much for giving to my previous words of my own some heaviness as I think the same for so long as me too I am human.made.

Respect and Love for you dear Nell Rose

Thank you for this clear and precise article .. One secret it is!

BiBi BiBiShaN

Nell Rose (author) from England on May 08, 2012:

Hi bizwin, lol! we have to try! that's it, too many people manipulate, but I don't believe unless I see what they are trying to say! thanks for reading, cheers nell

Theresa D from England, UK on May 08, 2012:

This is a fantastic hub, Nell. Working for google, mentioning panda, to get your voice heard,wow! You know when people refuse to be manipulated by others, they feel you think you know too much. In fact, you only want to be yourself and no one else. Voted across and shared.

Nell Rose (author) from England on April 08, 2012:

Hi, aviannovice, its amazing just how much manipulation has gone on, and still does. The thing that worries me is how gullible the World or population are when they are told to believe in something. I am sure I fit into that category too sometimes! lol! thanks again, nell

Deb Hirt from Stillwater, OK on April 08, 2012:

I voted you up on this one. Manipulation has gone on for centuries. I learned on my own about religion as a child and followed my heart ever since. I just treat others as I wish to be treated. Enough said.

Nell Rose (author) from England on March 28, 2012:

Hi, ris, yes its scary how much we think we are making our own decisions, but in fact its a form of manipulation, thanks so much for reading, cheers nell

rls8994 from Mississippi on March 27, 2012:

Nell this is a great article. It has really made me think about things. It's unreal how we go about our daily lives not even knowing we are being manipulated. Very interesting and rated up! :)

Nell Rose (author) from England on July 26, 2011:

Hi, SealBeach, yes you are so right! with the internet we can be shown so many things, good and bad, more brain washing than ever before! thanks for reading, cheers nell

SealBeach on July 25, 2011:

Fascinating Hub Ms. Rose! The manipulation can start as soon as you wake-up; read the paper, turn on the television, or surf the internet. The internet has created an exposure for one person to manipulate a billion people with ideas of gloom and doom from a $100 device!

If only I could squeeze a penny from each surfer for my favorite charity!

Nell Rose (author) from England on July 25, 2011:

Hi, Pleasure, thank you, I totally agree about the awful curcumstances in Norway, another reason to think for yourself instead of being dragged into a mindset that can turn out to be evil or misguided, so many people don't realise that there is more to life than their simple and often wrong beliefs based on what someone else has taught them, or just put into their heads, thanks for reading, cheers nell

Pleasure Venues from South West US on July 25, 2011:

Having read this and now with the horrible news from Norway with those shootings, your hub seems to have even more significance. Our entire world is indeed vulnerable! I think the whole world is still in shock over what happened. The words "brainwashed and manipulated" made us step back to examine our comfort zone in lieu of those killings, of life and death. It seemed a safe haven, and it was, but the reality of this world, of the potential of devastation should have us live lives of mindfulness. The context of your hub is wonderful and a poignant reminder that we should be more aware of the great potential we can strive for, while simultaneously recognizing it's frailty in other's mindfulness to destroy. Great hub.

Nell Rose (author) from England on July 20, 2011:

Hi, Darlene, it is great when you are brought up with the idea of thinking for yourself, so many people go along day after day just following the sheep, and sometimes it is a good thing, but other times we can be conned into believing all sorts of things, thanks nell

Darlene Yager from Michigan on July 19, 2011:

I love this hub. I like the whole "balancing act" that several people mentioned. The beginning of my marriage I think we did struggle to find who could dominate what part of our lives. We never stopped the other from hanging out with friends or family but important decisions like running the household were not easy to determine.

Both my husband and I were blessed with parents who encouraged thinking for yourself, so it could have been a disaster but we also learned how to get along and fight for only what is important to us.

One example: I rearranged the furniture out of boredom one time and he came home and was thrown off because things were not where he needed them to be. His job, at the time, moving pianos was stressful as the company would throw him off course all of the time by sending him to two places that were hours apart but scheduling the deliveries fifteen minutes apart. So when he came home he needed some normalcy.

I have never really been one to follow along and as a result I was lonely, so I think there is something to the sheep thing to help you figure out who you are, if you don't already have a clue.

Great hub! Keep 'em coming!


Nell Rose (author) from England on July 18, 2011:

Hi, Peg, a friend made me think in the same way! for years I had been putting up with something and then all it took was my friend to say, 'well, why do you do it?' and that was it! amazing, thanks for reading, cheers nell

Peg Cole from North Dallas, Texas on July 18, 2011:

Often we want so badly to believe what we hear that we dismiss the real truth. Or it's just easier to believe it than fighting it. You're right about some relationships that thrive on manipulation. And we're usually not the first ones to discover that we've fallen victim to it.

Years ago, a friend made an observation that helped snap me back to reality. She asked where I'd gone? She said there was so little left of me she hardly recognized me. It changed my life for the better.

Nell Rose (author) from England on July 14, 2011:

Hi, laura, thanks so much for reading, cheers nell

Laura Deibel from Aurora, CO on July 13, 2011:

Thanks for such and informative hub. ;-)

Nell Rose (author) from England on July 11, 2011:

Hi, Polly, yes your right, I was just thinking about this because of the book I was reading, and I thought 'what?' why do we do that? thanks again nell

Pollyannalana from US on July 11, 2011:

What I got from this is there will always be Jim Jones' but we have to make sure to have a mind of our own to not join the whole lot that took the Kool Aid just because one man said to do it. The flesh is already weak so we absolutely must have strong minds to know who we really are and are not a combination of people we have always followed. Good to think about. Great hub.

Nell Rose (author) from England on July 09, 2011:

Hi, Audrey, yes your right, many people choose to either ignore it, or are happy to go along with it, wake up and smell the coffee! lol exactly! thanks again nell

Hi, Pleasure, I know exactly what you mean! I remember reading a book about this sort of thing, it stated that to become successful you should dress and act as though you already were! and people do fall for it, thanks nell

Pleasure Venues from South West US on July 08, 2011:

awesome hub! This reminded me of a friend who was a "repo-man" who would manipulate peoples preconceived notions of what a man of "stature" embodied. He'd dress the perfect image of what people visually believed to be was a "multi millionaire". As I'd walk around with him, I was amazed to see people greet him, open doors for him, literally run to assist him in any way! I think there are con artists who are all too well knowledgeable about this flaw in human thinking. Put in the hands of religious leaders, politicians etc...yeowch! this was a really great hub! Thanks again!

Audrey Kirchner from Washington on July 08, 2011:

I think we must all be brainwashed these days or how could we be in such a horrific mess worldwide? I'm wondering why things don't change or why people don't 'wake up and smell the coffe' but I've often thought it's because we are all brainwashed - or perhaps brain dead? Perhaps it is conditioning and learning to be optimistic in the face of abject stupidity or things that don't make sense - it'll just go away - and then again, I think many folks actually want to see the world "fail" because it goes along with their beliefs. But is it real? Good points, Nell!

Nell Rose (author) from England on July 08, 2011:

Hi, Green Lotus, I think that's so true, we will never really know the truth about anything because science etc is always changing, it is the 'little boxes' that people put themselves in that amazes me, thanks again nell

Hi, tangoshoes, exactly, that's why I mentioned the Bible because we 'see' what we are told to see, not what is actually in the Book, man twists and turns truths and untruths to suit themselves, thanks for reading, cheers nell

tangoshoes on July 08, 2011:

This hub really makes me think! I think religion is a nice concept but there seems to be a reoccurring problem. When men have power over other men they become corrupt. The true brainwashing comes from man and not a higher power.

Thank you for the hub, 1 up!

Hillary from Atlanta, GA on July 08, 2011:

This is one of your best Nell. Such wisdom! We are all victims of programming, but if we can step outside of ourselves and our egos and realize that the "truth" is ever evolving and that nothing really "matters" we'll reach a higher level of consciousness, which is what you have, in fact, described. Cheers!

Nell Rose (author) from England on July 07, 2011:

Hi, Martie, so true, I had a friend who always had to have a man, doesn't matter what he was like, she just couldn't function on her own, and sadly she seemed to adapt to his personality, I believe as we get older we seem to unravel the world better, or at least a bit of its understanding, pity we couldn't do it when we were younger! thanks again nell

Martie Coetser from South Africa on July 07, 2011:

Nell, I am completely in agreement with you. Especially in marriage people’s natural tendency to adapt can be clearly analysed. Both parties change. Naturally one of them will become dominant. The more dominant one become, the more subordinate the other one become. I believe finding and maintaining balance is a natural, uncontrollable urge of all living beings. After separation we lose our balance until we find another person, or group of people, with whom we start the whole ‘getting-balanced-process’ again. So often, once balanced, and even in process, we realize that we are not comfortable. It takes a lot of effort to free ourselves – How could we without losing our balance and pushing the other one/lot also off balance? Some people are clever, or perhaps only lucky – by the time they free themselves from one bad balancing partner/group, they are already in the process of balancing with another partner/group. I feel quite comfortable in balance with you and the HubPages community. Take care.

Nell Rose (author) from England on July 06, 2011:

Hi, attempted, good morning! what is it, about 7 o clock? I get confused with all these different times! lol yes, our good old Enid Blyton, treated her own child appallingly! she didn't want children, in fact she really disliked them! really spoiled my childhood watching that programme! I loved all her books, lol go and get your coffee, its to early for hubs! lol

attemptedhumour from Australia on July 06, 2011:

I should have gone to bed earlier. Anyone with a name like Enid would have a skeleton or three in the closet. She was a blight on her child by the sound of it.

Nell Rose (author) from England on July 06, 2011:

Hi, Lisa yes you are right, keeping quiet is a type of conforming, but as long as people can see the real reality in their own minds then its fine, thanks so much nell

Hi, Spirit, it is also the way that man does things, why do all that hullabaloo with the secret society's? just silly mish mash! ha ha thanks again, nell

Hi, attemptedhumour, another hour and you will be awake! seems weird to me as its only nine at night! ha ha I am sorry to pop the bubble of Enid Blyton, but she was horrible! I saw a docu on her, mad as a bag of spanners! and bad to her child! sorry about that! lol thanks again nell

Hi, Ruby, sometimes we can think to much, maybe just letting others do it for us sometimes is great! lol thanks again nell

Ruby Jean Richert from Southern Illinois on July 06, 2011:

Nell, I really love this . Thinking outside the box is healthy. I can remember when i was younger, i just went along with the croud, in my daily activities, religion, et. I found that an open-mind was the key to learning and breaking away from embedded teachings that were wrong for me. I don't worry about tomorrow. I try to live for today. I believe God takes care of the world, in His own time, and there is nothing we can do to change that, so be happy, love God and your fellow man, and you will be contented. Thank you for a GREAT hub. You always make us think.


attemptedhumour from Australia on July 06, 2011:

Hi Nell it's midnight here in Melbourne and i've just read through your hub. Believing something that was supposedly spoken two thousand years ago, does take a bit of believing, especially when the earth is estimated to have been around for four and a half billion years. I'll believe it when i see it is my motto, like ghosts, ufos and pixies at the bottom of the garden. I'm too tired to add anymore and i'm off to Noddy land which is real because Enid Blighton said it was. Goodnight.

Xavier Nathan from Isle of Man on July 06, 2011:

Another great hub Nell. I like what you say about the brain being where it all takes place. It is so weird to realise that we spend our lives creating the external world we perceive in a tiny space at the back of our brains.

I also agree with you in that some of us are too willing to hand our power of choice over to others we view as more authoritative or better than us in some way.

The only problem is that we can never be sure that we are actually thinking outside the box because we are born in a box and end our days in one!

Thank you.

Lisa HW from Massachusetts on July 05, 2011:

Nicely done Hub. I think people who have had the benefit of parents who knew how to make them feel good and secure, and who encouraged them to think for themselves, are less prone to becoming manipulated (or sheep). The trouble may be, though, that people who think for themselves often learn to stay quiet about not agreeing with "the latest thing", or with someone else, because - oh, brother - there group thinking (and maybe the insecurities at the root of those prone to it) can make a quietish person a little too intimidated to speak up. :/ Even if what I've just said it is true, though, there's no doubt about it (I don't think) that more people follow than think for themselves. Sometimes even just appearing to follow (by not speaking up) can, in its way, be a way of following too. :/

Nell Rose (author) from England on July 05, 2011:

Hi, robie, thanks so much, it just started me thinking, do we ever actually think for ourselves? cheers nell

Roberta Kyle from Central New Jersey on July 05, 2011:

wonderful and very thought provoking hub.

Nell Rose (author) from England on July 05, 2011:

Hi, Eiddwen, thanks so much! always nice to see you, cheers nell

Hi, Mary, you have got it exactly right! I wonder what the world would have been like if we had just said something different at the beginning?! strange thought! thanks nell

Hi, lily, yes, commercials, politics everything! and I believe women would have done it much better! ha! lol cheers nell

lilyfly on July 05, 2011:

Yes, absolutely! If it's not commercials. it's boyfriends, well, I've never been married, I talk to my subconscious, telling it to reject all the messages in commercials, and I believe we would have done a lot better having a matralineal society, so there!~ haha! Love this hub! lily

Sister Mary from Isle of Man on July 05, 2011:

From the moment we are born we are brainwashed/conditioned by our parents, siblings, relatives, friends, teachers in fact by all we come into contact with.

It takes a huge effort to question every belief and most people don't want to do that.

In the end it is all an illusion ... even science is only what has been proven to date ... tomorrow may bring new and more advanced data and the day after that even different knowledge. As for religion ... stories retold for the benefit of those in power. Not that I don't have a faith but I don't take those stories at face value.

Thanks Nell for the interesting read once again. Voted up.

Eiddwen from Wales on July 05, 2011:

A great hub Nell, as always well presented and very interesting.

I vote this one up .

Take care


Nell Rose (author) from England on July 05, 2011:

Hi, Feline, yes you are right, and most people don't even realise that they are being manipulated. It is such a subtle thing. I sometimes sit and listen to people when they are talking around me, and I want to scream, listen to yourself! lol thanks again nell

Hi, Enlydia, ha ha are you having a good drink? give me one, I need it! cheers nell

Hi, Christopher, lol that's okay, I got a bit deep! it started because my friend has decided, in her wisdom, to go out with a man that is, well lets just say not very nice, then I read Dan Brown and thought how stupid the powers that be act! thanks again nell

Hi, Alastar, lol yes I want to shout it from the treetops! what is it with so called secret society's? men and sometimes women playing dress up! thanks again nell

Hi, Koffee, yes that's exactly it! we feel that we have to conform or be an outsider, I used to be too, then I realised what was going on, thanks again nell

Hi, Cardisa, I would love to go back in time and see where half of these ideas came from! thanks again nell

Hi, b. Malin, exactly, I sometimes look at young people and I think, you are falling straight into the 'clone' trap! but maybe that is what makes people feel happy, thanks nell

Nell Rose (author) from England on July 05, 2011:

Hi, Pras thanks for stopping by, appreciate it, cheers nell

Hi, AA, thanks, sorry for the deep and meaningful hub! ha ha I was in deep thinking mode! but that phone business was really funny. I said jump, they said how high! cheers nell

b. Malin on July 05, 2011:

Excellent Hub Neil. I found myself nodding my Head in agreement. I remember thinking early on, "I've got to do the Right thing"...But as I got OLDER and WISER, I began to question and grow in Mind and NOW at this Stage in Life, I do my own thing.

Carolee Samuda from Jamaica on July 05, 2011:

Nell, a very touchy subject, well written indeed!

I also believe that most of what we do and think is a matter of what society has brainwashed us to believe is right. Like marriage, we get married legally because society would have us believe that we are doing something wrong if we just happen to live together and have kids out of wedlock.

Who's idea is it that if we don't get a college education e are dumb and won't make it in life?

Society and religion are to be blamed for most of our thought processes and actions.

Susan Hazelton from Northern New York on July 05, 2011:

It seems that many are brainwashed because of their need to fit in and be liked. You are so right about thinking outside the box. All of the most creative people do.

Alastar Packer from North Carolina on July 05, 2011:

Your so right about couples starting to sub-con.think alike."But have you ever thought out-side the box" should be inscribed on a granite block and placed in every town square with a pop.over 5,000. The apron tie-ers its been said do a lot more than drink wine out of Geronimos skull. Hey guys, put some windows in your buildings. Ha! The scammers didn't know what they were up against with our Nell Rose! Thanks my lady, you always engage the mind, not put it to sleep.

Christopher Antony Meade from Gillingham Kent. United Kingdom on July 04, 2011:

There is a lot there to take in Nell, and all of it very wise.

I will have to come back to this hub a few times.


Enlydia Listener from trailer in the country on July 04, 2011:

i Love you Nell, and will write more when I am are my sister.. Blessings.

Feline Prophet on July 04, 2011:

Unfortunately, we are all victims of our conditioning, and few of us have the courage to question it.

Augustine A Zavala from Texas on July 04, 2011:

We are easily misled. Even our nations leaders make decisions based on flawed data or the view of the "advisors." I really enjoyed how you used "Google" to get your refund. I'm glad you've found a use for it!

prasetio30 from malang-indonesia on July 04, 2011:

I love this hub and I get new knowledge from you. Well done, Nell. You always be the best. Rated up! Have a good day! Cheers...


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