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Psychological Manipulation

By Peter Mirus (bio - articles - email) | Feb 01, 2012

In my view, the average person will receive more influence from psychologists through advertising than through any other means. Catholics should reflect that psychological manipulation is the intent of much consumer advertising, including political advertising. Another good reason to have the intellect and the emotions in proper balance.

Peter Mirus is a business, marketing and technology consultant who serves as a guiding member of the Trinity Communications Board of Directors. He has served as director of design and/or application development for many key Catholic projects since 1993, assisting such organizations as EWTN, the Knights of Columbus, and the March for Life. A specialist in non-profit organizations, he continues to work regularly on the design mission of
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  • Posted by: Justin8110 - Feb. 01, 2012 5:45 PM ET USA

    Have you ever read Father Frank Poncelet's book "Airwaves From Hell?" In it he goes into detail about how advertising and especially television is actually a very effective form of manipulation. He claims that watching TV actually shuts off the analytical side of the brain which then opens you up to manipulation since your critical thinking skills have now been hampered. He has two books on this topic and both are excellent.