Thursday, October 27, 2005

Extreme Home Makeover: Iraq Edition

It's not often I recommend an article from Variety to non-pros (as Variety calls people who don't work in showbiz), but this week's cover story from the weekly magazine really deserves a wide audience (which this blog won't give it, but maybe people will read and link themselves).

I should note that variety.com is a subscription website. But it often has deals where u can view an ad to read one article. Hopefully that is in place if anyone clicks through, as they should. to read the whole thing.

It's about the TV business in Iraq, which is booming. And it's really fascinating. Here is they interesting/disturbing reason why things are so good if you run a TV network in Iraq:

Since the April 2003 ouster of Saddam Hussein, the area has seen the birth of 30 TV stations, the same number of radio stations and an estimated 180 newspapers.


The quality of the programming may be uneven, but Iraq's new breed of media moguls have one thing in their favor: When your audience is afraid to go outside, it's good for ratings.


The article has details on a number of popular Iraqi TV shows. But this one has to be my favorite. Again, it's fascinating and disturbing at once:

In the local home-improvement series, the chipper hosts don't merely redecorate a kitchen: They rebuild a war-torn home from the ground up.


It's really worth reading.
(And another example of the liberal media only focusing on bad news in Iraq, I suppose)

2 comments:

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vkk1_hypno said...

Neurolinguistic Programming

In the early 1970s in America Richard Bandler, then a young college student studied the work of Fritz Perls and later Virginia Satir and found that he could reproduce their high-level therapy skills to a degree that even surprised him. Bandler seemed to have a natural ability to mimic (model) the language patterns by Virginia and Fritz.

At the University of California at Santa Cruz, Bandler who was well versed in the teachings of patterns in mathematics and computers teamed up with a college professor, John Grinder to help him understand the processes that were at work. Soon Bandler and Grinder, who used what he knew about patterns in linguistics, created a new model for personal growth called NeuroLinguistic Programming.

Bandler and Grinder had set out to model the hypnotic skills of Milton Erickson. They had astounding results. They built a communication model about human "thinking" and "processing" and used that model of how we see images, hear sounds, reproduces smells and tactile experiences in our mind to track and model the structure of subjective experiences.

Sounds very complicated but really it works very simply. Here is an example as used by Paul McKenna - probably the best & most successful hypnotist in the world.

Close your eyes and think of a negative memory. Become involved in the situation as best as you can. Feel the emotions that you felt, see the things you saw and hear the things you heard.

Now take that memory and project it onto a mental screen seeing yourself in the picture. Put a frame around the picture and view it as if it is an old photograph. Next drain all the colour from the picture and shrink the screen to the size of a matchbox.

Have the feelings associated with the picture decreased in any way?

Another good example of NLP involves Anchors. Have you ever smelt a certain perfume or aftershave and had it remind you of a certain person or situation? Gone to a certain place that brings feelings long forgotten flooding back? Or been in any situation that creates emotional responses that would not normally be associated with it? Well if you can answer yes to any of these then you have experienced anchors. Some anchors are associated with positive feelings and some with negative emotions. However, you should be aware that anchors can be consciously installed or already existing ones altered. Here is an example:

Think of a time when you were really happy. If you can't think of one then imagine something that would make you feel really happy. See what you would see, hear what you would hear and feel what you would feel. Really get into the picture and try to experience it as though it were happening now.

Now brighten the colours and make them richer. Increase the volume. Make the picture bigger, brighter, louder. That's it and more and more....

Now press your first finger against your thumb and fully experience your happy feelings. Do this everyday for 2 weeks and you will create an anchor that will instantly recreate these feelings. Whenever you want to feel like that again just press your thumb and first finger together and wham the feelings will come flooding back! Don't believe me? Just try it and see!!! hypnosis