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Introduction

A lot of folks out there want to manipulate you. Scores of folks these days are spending their entire professional lives studying, testing, and applying various tactics of persuasion and influence. They can be found in prestigious universities. Corporate marketing departments with deep pockets. Behind your television, computer, phone, radio. They’re real folks behind it…

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Technique-Stacking

Those are the basics. So, what now? We recommend a “healthy paranoia.” Again, these tactics are out there for anyone who bothers to learn them. These weapons of mass persuasion are probably being used for things you’d both agree with and disagree with. It’s possible to go overboard with paranoia. But the opposite is also…

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Where To Go From Here

Hopefully you’ve found this helpful. There are more advanced tactics and techniques that we haven’t explored here. We might explore more of these later. But this is a start. For more advanced study on these matters, in addition to Influence, Cialdini’s subsequent book – Pre-suasion is recommended, and Scott Adams’ blog posts, videos, and book…

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Your #1 Defense

The most effective strategy in these matters, the way we see it: Know yourself. It might sound cliché. But in the sense we’re talking about here, it’s extremely practical. The more you know yourself, the less power these tactics will have over you. Many of these tactics work like vampires: they only have power over…

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The Easiest Way To Defend Yourself Immediately

One simple thing you can do that can have a dramatic impact on your day-to-day sense of clarity and well-being: Decrease your exposure to influencers. This usually means decreasing your exposure to media. It can be as simple as turning off the television. Few folks would let a complete stranger come into their house and…

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The Basics: 6 Fundamental Tactics

Everyone is trying to influence each other all the time. A mother tries to influence a baby to stop crying. A baby tries to influence a mother to bring over some food. A dog tries to influence an owner to go for a walk. No problem. These examples are different from the kind of influence…

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What To Expect

After digesting this information, you should be armed with what you need to defend yourself against some of the most common tactics used to try manipulate you. From that point, it’s a matter of being aware, applying what you’ve learned, and staying vigilant. If you haven’t studied this before, it might be an eye-opening experience.…

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Where To Go From Here

Where do we go from here? This isn’t an ending, it’s a beginning. Up to this point, this has been essentially theory – like reading the menu. The fun part is applying it to your life, making it part of your everyday experience. As you have probably put together already, there is a lot to…

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The Fruit of Inner Work

Let’s circle back to where we started. What’s the payoff of all this? If we get serious about Inner Work, what can we expect? Some folks might say that once you start down this road, things will magically fall into place. Coincidences will start happening all around you. Life will become effortless. Suffering will vanish.…

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Important Notes About Techniques, Methods, Practices

At this point, we’ve discussed many techniques, major and minor. But we haven’t really discussed how to use them, or what to expect from them. As you might have noticed, many of the techniques overlap, run parallel, complement each other, do the same things in different ways, etc. For example, Self-Inquiry is almost like a…

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A Basic Overview of Meditation

“The truth needed for immediate and provisional use may be learned from books and teachers but the truth of the ultimate revelation can be learned only from and within oneself by meditation.” – Paul Brunton

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A Brief Overview of Techniques, Methods, Practices

“I do not seek to follow in the footsteps of the men of old. I seek the things they sought.” – Basho Here is where the rubber meets the road. Real Inner Work isn’t about pontificating, speculating, idly meandering through various intellectual passageways like a tourist in a quaint little town. It’s about taking action.…

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From Potential to Actual: The Journey

What we’ve outlined to this point gives us several potential directions to approach Inner Work from. As a brief review: We can work to understand, experience and cultivate various “Peak Experiences.” We can study potential ways to make peak experiences the norm instead of the exception. We can work to upgrade and evolve our core…

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Foundations: 5 Approaches to Inner Work

Peak experiences are a good starting point. They can provide a brief taste of something we want more of; a glimpse of a strange, wonderful, vibrant territory that we’d probably like to spend more time in, if we could only figure out how. But there are problems with figuring out how to harness peak experiences,…

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Inner Work: A Brief Overview

Let’s start with the basics. “Inner Work” is just that: it’s working on yourself. OK, so what does that really mean? After all, “Inner Work” is a broad, general term that could mean a lot of things. And things like meditation, introspection, soul-searching, even good old-fashioned hard thinking could be seen as some form of…

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A Basic Introduction

“It isn’t enough to talk about peace. One must believe in it. And it isn’t enough to believe in it. One must work for it.” – Eleanor Roosevelt

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