Instant gratification, shortcut culture curtails personal development

ArlenJ.com
July 14, 2020

The best Italian chefs in the world say that a good Sunday gravy (aka spaghetti sauce) takes at least five hours of simmering to maximize flavor. Ragu and Prego are the choices for the impatient and hurried. Close friends living in different cities or states used to sit down and hand-write letters to their friends, attach stamps, and drop them in the mail. Said friend received the very personal messages a few days later. Today instant messaging and emails are not only impersonal, but contain lazy language shortcuts like “omg,” “lol,” and, ironically “TL;DR” (too long, didn’t read).

Instant gratification culture has taken over the American way of life. The second State of the Connected Consumer report by Salesforce found that 45% of consumers will switch brands if their current one does not anticipate needs. A 2012 study by University of Massachusetts computer science professor Ramesh Sitaraman found that slow-loading Youtube video lose viewers after only two seconds. Salesforce noted in its report that young Millennials and Gen Z fuel instant gratification culture. Dating apps like Tinder, Grindr and Swipe boast over 50 million total profiles. Courtship has been reduced to swiping photos on a smartphone in 2020. Amazon has put thousands of small companies out of business because of its near-instant delivery times.

Generation X and all its predecessor had to be patient. There was no internet to download all your favorite songs. You literally had to sit at a radio for days and sometimes months to hear your favorite songs. A 1986 Heinz ketchup commercial summed up the culture of patience in the 1970s and 1980s.

Losing weight used to require hard work, dedication and patience. Today people pay $25,000 to have a surgeon cut them open and rearrange their stomach and intestines to facilitate weight loss. We’ve also gotten lazy with self-development.

Hypnosis vs. conscious control

Gastric bypass surgery is to the digestive system, as hypnosis is to the brain. Hypnotherapy induces hypnotic states of consciousness in subjects, causing them to be very responsive to suggestions. It is the ultimate shortcut, the ultimate band-aid, for life’s trials and tribulations that never truly heal as a result.

A 2001 University of Washington study found a 90.6% success rate for smokers quitting under hypnosis. A 1986 study published in the Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology found that the average hypnotized woman lost 17 pounds versus 0.5 pounds for the control group. Hypnosis is a short-term solution, however, to long-term personal development.

Sigmund Freud was a proponent of hypnosis early in his career. But he abandoned it because it failed to uncover underlying subconscious issues. He ultimately created the psychoanalytic theory. Freud considered incorporating hypnosis into psychoanalysis. But he wrote in his 1919 book Lines of Advance in Psychoanalytic Therapy, “the application of our therapy to numbers will compel us to alloy the pure gold of analysis plentifully with the copper of direct [hypnotic] suggestion.”

ALPHA way of life

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Freud abandoned hypnosis in favor of lying people on a couch and tinkering with their subconscious minds later in his career. The ALPHA by Prodigy Mindset Gym™ forces you to do the work. Self-development, like anything else, is appreciated far more when you get there on our own volition. Men are here on Earth to grow until our last breaths. The day you stop developing is the day you’ve ceased to exist as a man.

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