It’s interesting that how much information Hollywood puts out there and it’s totally missed by most of us. Most of the readers of this blog are well aware of this ongoing and deliberate ploy to causally prepare us for future events. This is a psychological technique in which an idea is placed into someones subconscious mind so that although they are not consciously expecting this to happen, when it finally happens they are less likely to react to it. This happens because the original ‘idea’ is attached to the outcome of the movie. If the end of the movie was an absolute disaster then once the original idea was reminded to the viewer (even years later) it would bring up feelings of anxiety and dread placing that person in a kind of frozen state in between the flight or fight state. We have all experienced this state, it can happen in a situation where by you are in a rush to get to an important time critical appointment but get stuck in traffic. On one hand you fearful of missing the appointment and yet on the other hand you are angry/upset and unable to lash out.
I know from personal experience having worked as a hypnotherapist so 10 years ago how easy it is to drop in a suggestion to help people quit smoking or gain more confidence (post-hypnotic cue). The human mind doesn’t forget, not in the real sense, sometimes it just puts some memories out of reach for some reason.
To further strengthen this notion image that more than 10 years ago someone told you that the world economy would crash. You would consciously reject it and quite right too! However, now imagine that same statement being made in some opening credits with loads of neat graphics (for that time) distracting you. The chances are you would take it in without question as this is most likely important for the gist of the movie.
Conscious critical thinking happens when you are aware of the intent of the message. For example, you are walking down your height street and a man approached your with a collection tin. You know instantly he is collecting for a cause. This time however, to your astonishment you smell whiskey on the man as he asks for some Pennies. Critical thinking tells you this person has a drinking problem and therefore this is likely to be a scam. Now take the credits in the movie scenario and right there you have no resistance to this as you know it’s to a serious threat, after all, its just a movie. The interesting thing here is the subconscious mind is clever of course, but it is not intelligent. It can’t make decisions as the conscious critical part of the mind can.
Likewise, Disney which is aimed at children draws a substantial effort towards promoting subliminal information surrounding sexual pictures and words. Since the subliminal messages are combined to positive images it will only serve to encourage increased sexual awareness in its audience. Whatever you may believe the facts still remain and the proof is in the pudding.
Finally I leave you with the opening credits of the running man. Be sure you read the credits starting at 1:00 seconds into the clip. It might surprise you.