Last week we learned how neuromarketers purposely craft their message to get you to do something – buy their product, believe their message, keep them in power. Since they are experts at crafting their message with this goal in mind, and since we are constantly bombarded by these messages, what can we do?
First, realize that it’s happening. Then, breathe. Yes, breathe.
Why? Because when you purposely take a deep breath, you are getting out of the autonomic nervous system and getting into the rational brain. In other words, you are taking back control of your reactions.
Next, mentally take a step back and observe both the message and your emotional reactions. Yes, sometimes it’s almost impossible not to react emotionally. What we’re trying to do instead is to keep from allowing those emotions to run our behavior.
I think of this in many ways as how our brain works when we meditate (you are meditating, aren’t you? Please do. It will help). We first cue our brain by taking a few deep breaths. We’re saying to our brain, “It’s time to focus and stop reacting all the time.” Then we concentrate on our breath. This calms us and helps us get into observer mode. Then, we sit back and observe our thoughts as they pass by. We watch them come and go, like leaves floating on a stream, or clouds drifting in the sky. We watch our reactions to these thoughts come and go. We pull ourselves back when we start following the narrative and emotional content of these thoughts. We continue breathing and observing.
I think that meditation is one of the best ways to combat neuromarketing. For your sake, for the sake of our society and our world, I encourage you to keep at it.
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