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The Ethics of Mind Control Techniques

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The theory of mind control techniques is one that comes with all manner of preconceived notions. It would be difficult to find a topic in self-development circles that draws more definitive and polarized opinions that this one. The reason should be fairly obvious: no one wants anyone to control their mind nor do they wish to see others gain control of the mind of someone else. Yet, such procedures have been performed with an alarming sense of frequency over the centuries.mind control techniques

But are mind control techniques truly something to be alarmed over? This question may seem somewhat obtuse on many levels because a reflexive response will be elicited once it is asked. Most people will recoil at the mention of mind control techniques for a relatively simple reason: they do not want someone controlling their mind.

Or do they?

What if you were a chronic smoker and were seriously fearful of suffering from heart disease or another serious illness? Would you be willing to undergo hypnotic mind control in order to prolong your life or increase the quality of it? Would you accept the process of employing such benign mind control techniques to correct your addictive and severely troubling behavior?

You might very well be inclined to do so and possibly even more so if you have tried scores of other techniques that did not turn out to be as effective as you wished. You may very well be more inclined to undergo mind control techniques considering the fact that it is your health you so strongly wish to preserve.

Would you, however, be willing to force such an action on someone else, realizing the individual would be likely doing his body harm although he has made the choice to do so of his own volition. Do you have a right to alter his mind for his own good?

mind controlThis is not the place to delve further into such questions of ethics and ethical behavior. However, it can be said that most would probably feel great unease about modifying a person’s behavior without his/her consent. As such, mind control techniques are best served as an elective process. In other words, you need to be willing to undergo the techniques in order to experience the benefits of them.

When the techniques have been imposed upon you, they are of little value. But when you undergo them of your own free will to achieve improvements then you are gaining benefits from the process.

There is a bit of paranoid concern over what mind control techniques can deliver. Namely, when you alter and change your mind, you run the risk of becoming a “new person” in the extreme sense of the word.

In short, because your mind has been altered and changed, your physical form is now severed from your history. After all, the mind is shaped by the memories and experiences of what came before. Humans are the product of their own personal experiences and experiences are recorded in the conscious and the subconscious mind.

And what happens if the new and enhanced version of you is connected to troubling memories? Would this not lead to repeated bouts of anxiety and depression?

The likelihood of something such as this happening would have to be considered exceedingly rare and extreme. Only serious and highly expansive mind control techniques could alter the mind to such a dangerous degree. Mind control techniques of this nature would be at the core of a totalitarian regime, as opposed to a holistic process of New Age self-improvement. Yet, many of the fears surrounding altering the mind are pervasive and, in a way, such pervasiveness is understandable. We draw much of our understanding of this topic from depictions we come across in popular culture as opposed to any serious or real examination of factual events.

This does create an ironic conundrum: our reality is based on fictional depictions. As a result, the “reality” we perceive is not real, so our assumptions about mind control techniques end up being false and skewed.

The unfortunate outcome of this is that we dismiss the benefits of limited and targeted holistic mind control techniques and assume they are either outright dangerous or purely fictional. Such assessments are quite limiting and can prove problematic on many levels. The truth is that certain alterations of the mind can prove quite valuable as long as they fit certain criteria. Such criteria are:

  • The mind control techniques must never subvert free will or undermine the basic ethical behavior of the individual undergoing the process.
  • The purpose of the techniques is to serve a greater good and improve the health and well-being of the individual undergoing them.
  • A serious and pressing need should be present in order to justify altering the mind in an extreme manner.

One way to be sure that only acceptable and ethical procedures are utilized would be to work with a talented professional who adheres to acceptable standards of behavior. In short, a qualified and experienced hypnotherapist would be a much better individual to work with than someone with a dubious background and credentials that cannot be verified.

And it also should go without saying that you will need to clearly and definitively think things through quite carefully before you commit to any mind control techniques. A great change may occur in the aftermath so you need to be sure that the process is something you do want to undergo.

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