Never under negative influence

“You are getting sleeeeepeeeee. Your mind is a blank. You are getting sleeepeee . . .”

Fans of old movies or visitors to sideshows at a large country fair may have watched a hypnotist put people under their influence through such suggestions. These days hypnotism has moved out of the circus tent into the health-care establishment. And other mental influences, sometimes almost as suggestive, may lure thought into a negative or confused mode. These may be reports about economic and employment conditions that point aggressively downward. Political and other advertising that inflame emotions. Studies that claim people of a certain gender or age can be subject to certain behaviors, ailments, or disabilities. 

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June 4, 2012
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