The Guru Trap
Understand And Escape The Real Matrix That Threatens To Destroy Your Life
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Why do you do the things you do? If you are like most people, your answer is simple. You do them because you want to. Or you have to. Or because you wanted a specific benefit. But according to some of the most advanced experiments in neuroscience, these answers are wrong.
Humans have this idea about the relationship between our thoughts and our actions. We believe our thoughts come before our actions. And that these thoughts are conscious, and under our control. But according science (not science fiction!) that is not really true.
Order Of Operations
There’s a lot that goes into basic human behavior. We think that we see something happening, we think about it, we make a plan, we decide what to do, and then we do it. But that is wrong. What really happens is a bit more confusing.
It’s generally understood that humans and chimps split from a common ancestor about six or eight million years ago. And we slowly changed over those millions of years into who we are. Now, whether this was driven by divine guidance or random evolution is anybody’s guess. But what is certain is that our conscious, rational, self-aware brains only are a very recent development.
Tons Of Instincts
We humans have a ton of instincts. We also have a ton of learning capability. In fact, you might even say that our learning ability is a meta-instinct, a technique to help us learn new instincts. One of the reasons was that we are born way before are brains are fully finished.
Walking, talking, these are instincts, but we have to practice them for a while before we can do them without thinking. Other things like using tools and developing new skills are also things we can learn until they become instinctive.
Thinking Is Energy Intensive
Even today, we don’t like to think. We are driven to find auto pilot solutions. We do things because we’ve done them before. We the same brands most of our lives. Watch the same types of TV shows, eat the same type of food.
Most Behavior Is Outside Conscious Awareness
Most of our behavior is driven by unconscious responses. Since our brains are so energy intensive, we’ve developed a ton of strategies to help minimize brain power. Many of the things we think we see in the world around us are actually internally generated images.
Just like your browser uses cached images instead rendering them over and over again, our brains stores tons of images so we don’t have to use all that valuable brain power to process the massive amount of visual data that bombards us every second.
Shortcuts In Thinking
We have a lot of triggers that help us make decisions. Dr. Cialdini beautifully described this in his work on persuasion and influence. Common words like authority, social proof, scarcity, etc. were a result of his research.
But the thing is that these aren’t just there some of the time, in some situations. These external triggers are there almost all of the time, in every situation.
Content Is Irrelevant
When thinking about what we do and why we do it, we silly humans always think the content is the main reason why we do things. We buy the new iPhone because it’s got all the features we really want. Or that we think we want.
We believe the things we believe because we actually reasoned out and looked at all the data and came to our own conclusions, not because the authority figure on TV made it sound so believable.
Very Little Rational Thinking
Unfortunately, most of the time, we give the content very little, if any, thought. Things like authority, social proof, halo affect, and other triggers drive nearly all of our behaviors. This is something that is easy to see in others, but very hard to admit to ourselves.
Combinations Of Authority And Social Proof
Just these two ancient triggers, once helpful in keeping together tribes of ancient people, can be used to drive entire countries insane.
This showed that when we are surrounded by social peers that purposely choose the wrong answer to a simple question, so will we. Even if the question takes less than a second to answer when we are alone, we will give the wrong answer if it means going along with the crowd.
This shows that when some guy in a lab coat tells us to do something, we’ll do it. Even if it means shocking some poor guy who’s begging us to stop.
You add these two together, authority and social proof, and it is extremely hard for us silly humans to think our own thoughts. This is not easy to admit. This is not easy to even contemplate. Unfortunately it is absolutely true.
The Real Matrix
The matrix isn’t a fictional computer simulation that we are trapped in. It is the collection of these ancient triggers. They are more powerful and influential to our moment-to-moment thinking than our very recently developed conscious minds. And the sad part? Most people will never know the extent of their power over us.
How To Escape
The good news is there are ways to escape. Not escape literally, like unplugging and living in a secret cave underground, but to slowly shift away from these ancient triggers and start to control your own thinking.
The Cult Experience
If you study the most horrible death cults ever, they all centered around a very insidious combination of all these factors. A charismatic authority. The social proof of like minded followers, all with the same problems, desires and dreams. The irresistible power of Fear of Missing Out (FOMO) build in to the cult’s existence.
The Time Wasting Experience
Luckily, very few of us will end up in a death cult. But most of us will waste precious time, energy and money being led astray. We do things because they seem so natural. They have the same powers of authority and social proof. The more we participate, the bigger the trigger of commitment and consistency gets.
The Horror Of A Half Lived Life
The sad truth of most humans is we shuffle along, too scared to break from the pack and think for ourselves. To worried about what people will think of us if we voice an opinion that is different than the socially approved ones. If we have beliefs that are not the same as those authorities on TV. Those alleged holders of knowledge.
Most people will end their lives not having accomplished much. This is the sum total of following the crowd. Of being too worried to follow your own opinion. Of playing it safe. Of letting the crowd and the authority figures do your thinking for you.
Step By Step Process
In this guide you’ll learn to slowly, safely and rationally check your own thoughts. Carefully put your own behaviors under a microscope. To gradually and safely separate these matrix triggers from your actions.
Build Your Own Life
The biggest danger of life is not following a charismatic cult leader into the jungle and drinking purple kool aid. The biggest danger is playing it safe. By listening to the popular gurus, and following the popular crowds. Of thinking thoughts your entire life that aren’t yours.
Choose Your Own Thoughts
You’ll learn a very simple process to carefully separate your thoughts from the crowd. To slowly change your behaviors so they are getting you what you want, not just what is safe.
Keep All Your Relationships
Nobody will know but you. You’ll learn how to keep everything you like about your life. You’ll slowly ease yourself out of situations and behaviors that aren’t getting what you want. You will become a much more independent thinker. Your actions will become much more efficient and effective. Your thoughts will become much more autonomous and original.
Become The Authority
You’ll learn how to not only become the authority of your own life, but in the life of those you care about most. Lead yourself and your loved ones to whatever goals and outcomes you like. Stop following time wasting gurus and false prophets. Understand how the game works and take advantage for your own benefit.
X Ray Vision
You’ll develop a keen sense of understanding why everybody does everything. You’ll see a side of society and people that few people know exist. You won’t exactly walk around seeing computer digits everywhere, but you’ll get the same sense of insight.
Understand All Human Behavior
You will know why everybody does everything they do. Once you understand the true reason for human behavior, everything will make sense. You’ll no longer be baffled by why people do silly things. You’ll just smile and be glad you are no longer trapped in this ancient and very powerful matrix.
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Get Out While You Can
The effects of these matrix triggers are very subtle, even if you are purposely looking for them. But after you calibrate your mind you’ll see them everywhere, making it much easier to slowly remove the harmful ones, and easily build up the positive ones. Get this guide now and make life as enhancing as possible.
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Custom Built Guru Experience
No man is an island. We thrive on social proof, relationships, and being with other humans. Once you learn to differentiate healthy and unhealthy guru experiences, you can build your own custom experience and get the best of all worlds. Get this guide now and make life meaningful.
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Never Be Led Astray Again
The biggest danger to life aren’t evil cult leaders who trick you into following them into the desert, but random and organic events which end up wasting your time and resources. See what’s good and what’s not from the get go, and keep your mind and the mind of your loved ones free from clutter. Get this guide now and learn to see the truth.
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