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Frank Abagnale Jr. - Con Artist

The picture above is of Frank Abagnale Jr.  He was a con artist. Because people believe that he was actually the various roles that he played, he received many benefits (until eventually he got caught).

I have for many years worked with children.  I have long understood, as many people do, what you tell a child (with words and actions) greatly influences how the child sees herself/himself…

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I believe that there is a misguided belief that people will manifest their abilities they are truly in possession of them…

But This Is Not Inherently True

For various reason, people often repress there capabilities.

  • In the case of a con artist (various degrees – playboy, sales man, actual con artist, etc.) hiding ones true abilities can get people to let their guard down. Everyone is susceptible on some level to being “the best in the room

We all love to have our ego feed.

Flattery will get you somewhere

(There is an interesting Boston Globe Article to go wtih this picture)

  • There is also  the idea of creation of a “palatable” character that most people accept.

Even in this “post-modern” age, many women who are very intelligent have learned that displaying this intelligence threatens the ego of others (including men).

Hence the legend of the “dumb blonde”

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(This a Daily Mail article about Marilyn Moore’s intelligence)

  • The last one that I will discuss, which is closely related to the previous example, the “threat” of someone “bringing you back down to earth.”

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Let’s be honest.  NO ONE likes to be SHOWN Up.  We all have a tendency to “ego defend” when was see someone we believe is more successful than us.

–  The “Rich” – Stole it, have “Daddy’s Money”…

–  The “Beautiful” – Selfish, Shallow…

–  The “Intelligent” – “No common sense”, Arrogant…

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It’s much easier to mudsling than it is to face our own insecurities…

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But regardless, our individual identities are largely wrapped up in:

“What Other People Say We Are”

We hear it all the time, in the United States of America at least, the story of how

Some awkward boy or girl, ignored by classmates in school, gets put on TV or becomes a rock star, and all of a sudden he or she is the “desire” of millions.

(My) simple proof – if it was all about “verve” than stardom would be irrelevant, that person would have been popular without the stardom.

(Alternate example – Why does it often occur that those popular in school, lose that popularity as adults?)

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I believe that Society (societies of the world) doesn’t encourage the manifestation of exceptional talent, I would argue instead that Society is a Force for conformity.

Outliers must be contained and controlled… brought back in line… and the best control is what I call “normalization.”

Normalization: the push to make everybody do, act, and think in accordance to a “standard.”

(Ironically, even being “countercultural” is acceptable – You can be a working woman – but only a weak, dumb, unambitious woman would be a stay-at-home mom!!!)

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In the past, the “intellectuals” have so often been on of the first casualties when people sought power…

Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools. (Romans 1:22)

When seeking power and control, it’s best to have fools, with limited mental capacities, proclaimed “intelligent” than actually having those with actual strong mental capabities in positions of influences.

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Free thinking, in my opinion, is a farce.

All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others. – George Orwell, Animal Farm

People in Society are free to think whatever they want… as long as it’s within the confines of what is “social acceptable”.

And it is worth noting, the things outside of the confines of “social acceptable” are not just thoughts and actions that will harm other people. But anything that does not reflect social norms (and what I like to call “meta-social norms”…)

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