I was driving home from somewhere a few weeks ago I stopped at a stoplight. It was about three in the afternoon. The traffic was fairly light. There was maybe two or three other cars at this intersection.
Unexpectedly this guy ran out into the intersection. My first response was he was some crazy guy that was going to mess with the cars because he had kind of a weird look on his face. Then he stopped in the middle of the intersection and he started to juggle these three or four beanbags.
As soon as the light changed he kind of stopped, he picked up his beanbags, he quickly bowed to the cars and he ran back to the sidewalk. The cars kind of tapped their horns as a kind of applause and drove off.
There’s this idea in ancient societies where they had kings and queens that there was a necessary character in the society referred to as the court jester or the Joker. One of the necessary components that this person served was to say things that nobody else was allowed to say.
Of course if you’re a king of a fairly large society you going to make a lot of decisions that are not completely a hundred percent popular. There’s always going to be people that are slightly angry with the way the king or queen runs things. So long as you have this court jester he can say things he can make jokes.
He can criticize the king in a way that the public wouldn’t want to but they would otherwise be afraid to because of the obvious repercussions.
A lot of dramatic movies, you’ll have this scene that has a lot of emotional tension and then some character will crack some fairly lame joke. It serves to reduce this emotional tension.
A kind of an interesting phenomenon, if you’ve ever been inside of the theater, a packed, relatively packed movie theater and there’s been a scene with very strong emotional tension and you can sort of tell that half the females are crying, half the males are pretending they don’t feel like crying and it’s super quiet because nobody wants to betray their emotions.
Then one of the characters makes some really lame joke and the entire audience immediately laughs as a kind of quick instant relief of tension.
Take Small Breaks
They say that when you study, it’s a good idea to only study for 20 minutes. Every 20 minutes to take a 10 minute break. It’s kind of a paradox when people study. They try to cram as much information into their brain is they possibly can.
A lot of research indicates that if you want to learn something, if you want to learn to be more persuasive, for example, if you’re studying language patterns and you want to learn to be more persuasive for your sales job or you want to learn to be more seductive with your significant other.
If you want to learn anything, the best way to do that is to separate every 30 minutes into a 20 minute learning session and a 10 minute kind of relaxed session. If you spend too much time cramming information into your brain you’ll quickly reach the point of diminishing returns were every minute you spend will get a lot less bang for your studying buck.
Brain Relief Valve
You need to have this kind of relief valve every 20 minutes. If you look at the time that you spend studying, the idea is to take 20 minutes and create a study space not only in your brain but in your physical area so you have nothing except the material you want to study.
When you study this material you can easily remember this material whatever you want to study you can easily learn more effectively.
If you’ve ever been in a very troubling emotional situation, a real-life situation then is possible you’ve experienced how relieving it is to make some kind of a joke. This is why a lot of cultures inherently have evolved this idea of having a wake after somebody’s funeral.
No Laughing At Funerals
Because at the funeral everybody sad. You see the body in a lot of cases. Everybody’s crying. But then you have a wake and everyone kind of purposely tries to remember all the good things about this person. That kind of gives you a balance of sharing the mourning of the loss but also sharing the positive memories of whoever has just died.
One of the interesting court jester experiences is from ancient Greece. Everybody knows that the Greeks invented the idea of catharsis but one of the things they also did was they had the situation where you have a play and it would be watched by all of the citizens both the regular citizens and the political leaders.
The play they would have a lot of very vicious statements against the political leadership that was in the audience with the common people watching the same play. Some of these attacks were so vicious that if anyone actually said them in real life they would be punished by the government.
No Killing The Jokers
Because it was expressed during a dramatic presentation it was deemed acceptable.
The reason this juggler had created this ideal practice situations because he had a lot of elements going for him. One, he was constrained by an external timing system. He had an external timing system that told him one to stop and told him one to start and it was completely out of his control.
Every time he would go out into the intersection to juggle you would be in front of a completely new audience so he never would get comfortable with the same people. When he was waiting on the side this was a very important period.
To reflect on the actual juggling part. To see exactly to look at exactly in his mind of the things that had gone wrong so we could rehearse them while he was waiting. Then when the next cycle of practice came, when the light turned red, he would run out into the intersection with a completely new crowd a completely new situation.
He would kind of rehearse the ideas that he’d just practiced on the side of the road. I don’t know if he thought about all this before he decided to practice juggling like this but when I drove off I thought that guy was a very brave person that had decided to practice something in a very brave way.
Mind Persuasion has plenty of books and courses to teach you how to speak hypnotically and persuasively.