Flattery is generally the first step towards gaining control of another person. “Hey, pretty lady!” It’s opens you up to a certain degree, almost instantly.
I have Venus in Leo and a lot of people use this on technique on me. So much so, I made a video in 2007: Leo & Flattery: Real Gold vs Fool’s Gold.
It doesn’t work on me, perhaps because I have Uranus in Leo as well. Flatter me and I want to put as much space between you and I as humanly possible.
Allowing yourself to be flattered is risky as it can easily make you think you’re some kind of demigod. It can also be addicting. If you’re routinely pumped up, you’re going to be looking to be pumped up, which sounds like “narcissistic supply”.
Internet business has exploited this human tendency very successfully. Legions of people perform for likes and retweets; which the platforms can give or take away. Everyone is looking for that VIRAL creation that puts them on the map.
I learned about this when I first started blogging in 2001. That’s me in my xanga pic, with an “eprop” background. This was pre-facebook. Today’s eprops are “likes” and/or thumbs up. This was before Reddit as well. The original “internet points”.
If your heads swells, you become vulnerable to predators of all kinds. Think of celebrities who are ripped off by their managers or accountants. It’s pretty easy to fill you with bs which transforms you into a happy, contented, robbery victim.
Most feel that there is an ongoing brainwashing operation underway, though they may bicker over who’s affected by it. I am certain that everyone is affected by it so no arguments here! If you’re ever to be unaffected by it, you have to realize it’s happened.
The internet will give you whatever you like. If you like dogs, you’ll see dogs everywhere. If you like certain personalities, these personalities multiply. The new similar personalities will likely be bots or their equivalent, but you won’t notice because of your happy contentment. You see right there, you’re half gone and it took thirty seconds.
The constant reinforcement may be one of the reasons people have become so intolerant. Your bias is confirmed hundreds of times a day. Assuming a different opinion happens to reach you, you’re very likely to brush it away like a piece of lint.
The odds you see an opinion contrary to your own has been reducing over time. If this trend continues, the day will come when you can’t find an opposing opinion anywhere. This could be because you’re entirely kept in an internet “cubby”, but it could also be because there is only one narrative allowed.
I am going to continue to try to maintain this site where people can intersect with people they don’t have much in common with. It’s just very hard to learn anything new if you don’t talk to people who aren’t you.
Here’s an eight second long video, I associate with flattering behavior.
Are you susceptible to flattery? Have you ever been victimized by a a flatterer?