Let’s face it; we have all been taken advantage of one time or another. No matter how cunning you are, come on admit it, at one time or another you have bought the snake oil. You have been “had”.
Maybe not as badly as me, probably not as badly as me, but it must have happened. You believed the person you loved was telling you the truth when they were cheating on you, or you bought into some pyramid scheme that was supposed to make you rich, or you thought Santa Clause brought you toys for being good. It was probably frustrating and disappointing when you realized what you thought you were getting wasn’t as expected.
I bought into a religious cult’s bill of goods; hook, line and sinker. It was the right set of circumstances. I was fair prey, swimming around looking for something to be part of. Imagine my surprise, five years later, when I realized it was a lie.
After years of thinking about it though, I now know it was more complex than a lie. What I went through shared some of the same characteristics as we all experience from time to time when we buy into something that isn’t really as advertised.
What intrigues me now is cognition. What I experienced was not just falling for a fast talking used car salesman’s pitch. I was trapped. I was a slave being held by invisible chains. These invisible chains resided somewhere in my brain where decision making takes place.
If we can understand this we are onto something very important.