The most popular methods of manipulating people and misleading the mind
An example known to all experts, is the story of a novice priest who asked the prior priest: “Can I smoke while I pray”? and the prior replied annoyed: “Of course not”!
A second novice asked the Prior Father himself: “May I pray while I smoke”? And he was praised for his devotion.
I’ll give you an example to show you how the form of an expression can be worth more than the content, and how the placement of words is very important in linguistic manipulation.
This example makes us understand how the main weapon of the linguistic manipulator is not so much the content but the form. That is, the position of the words, or something that escapes the interlocutor. In fact, what our prior father persuaded is something he does not notice; the different arrangement of the words gives rise to a different effect; the examples that can be done are many, for example, the sentence: “Nancy is an ugly girl but very rich”, is very different from the sentence: “Nancy is a very rich girl but ugly”! We are actually saying the same thing but the effect is different, just as I get a different effect if I say, “he went out with her from the club”, rather than “she went out with him from the club”. They are two different effects. It is clear that we are saying the same thing but, it is enough to move a little, the position of the person who performs an act of the person who suffers, to obtain different meanings and effects on the listener.
Thanks to these language games, the manipulator can influence the mind of the listener, simply by placing what he says, in one way rather than another. When the order of words influences thought, it often misleads it. The effectiveness of persuasion therefore hides at the beginning of the sentence; in fact, what is said first influences the perception of the listener.
In this regard, a mechanism widely used by the mass media is well known, which can tip the scales in favor of two political contenders without giving the impression of doing so but flaunting their own adjusted truth. In practice, the political party that you want to damage speaks first, then inviting the one whose interests are protected. Because? Because the human mind records in the middle between the two messages but only the last part remains imprinted. words automatically become sarcastic, with nothing said or done.
Or saying things that are taken for granted, cloaking them in technical and attractive terms; for example, by inserting the famous expression in the speech, an expression with effect such as “chocolate-flavored”; in practice it happens that the listener is distracted by this attractive image and mistakes for chocolate what in reality is only a surrogate.
When a product is said to be chocolate-flavored, our mind focuses on the word chocolate and already imagines that what he eats tonight will be chocolate. It is unlikely that the mouth will realize that it is a substitute even if its real taste will not escape the nose. Therefore, the “chocolate flavored” product will only be a substitute but will have the symbolic value of chocolate.