anomie and social trivialization causing this phenomenon ?
Date: April 24, 2004 01:51AM
Going to a higher logical level, as John Grinder would say, is the attraction to LGATs a response to general cultural failure ? Is whatever normal people get from a healthy culture, psychic nurturance, a feeling of an ordered world, personal meaning, stable identity, the bedrock of personhood, not being adequately provided for by the mainstream commerce based world that is the only thing many people have ?
It sure seems like the underlying reason some feel disproportionate responses to LGAT groups is that they have substituted for all that is missing, incomplete, or bogus in what they define as their social reality.
The ordinary masses living lives of quiet desperation problem. Did the LGATs evolve as a flawed response to alienation ? Are they the problem, or are they a symptom of a larger problem ?
Secondly, are other power centers, like the political system, or the advertising-marketing system, or the corporate "motivational" system learning from the LGATs and incorporating their techniques ? I have had to notice that much advertising on TV now appears to be substantially influenced by either Eriksonian hypnosis or NLP's submodality work.
Thirdly, is contemporary advertising technology slowly moving the viewer population more into the direction of permanent light trance ? More and more people appear to me to be in a waking alpha state trance especially when you look at their faces while they are driving.
Fourth, is there a information- mental state cycle here, the broad culture learns about specialized techniques from NLP, EST-Forum derived things, Scientology, and uses them to increase the permamant hypnosis state of the population, and that then recycles back in to the seminar crowd, who then go substantially deeper into trance ? Are "we" getting better and better at hypnotic influence that we are eventually becoming a hypnotic culture ?