I bet you’re wondering what this article is about. I mean, you either looked up the words “Art of Confusion” in a search engine, or I may have linked you to this article. To be honest, this is about a technique I’ve been able to do all my life. I can’t say I’m the first person to do this because I don’t know if I am or not, and I haven’t looked anything up on the subject matter either. But I will say that this is the way that I’ve come to do it. The funny thing is that this is relatively simple to do.
Some things that you should know before venturing further into the text:
You don’t need to be a genius or highly intellectual to be able to do this.
This actually works on people who are highly intelligent (as long as they don’t know what you’re doing that is).
This is best done in a fun environment, meaning you shouldn’t try this on a job interview.
Doing this you can easily get inside a person’s head, and then you can really have fun messing with them (this does require that you either know the person well, or are quick at catching tendencies).
You do not have to lie or do random awkward things to do this. (though random words or a sudden twitch could help)
This is in no way shape or form linked to any medical or mental health research or technique. Though you may find out about the mental stability of the person you try this on.
Now that I have that out of the way, I can actually get to the interesting part of the article. I will tell you now, this may or may not work for you, I haven’t tested it out with other people trying this before. This means I can’t guarantee that the results will happen at all. I can guarantee though if you follow this the way I do it, you’ll have fun whether it works or not.
The first and most obvious thing to do, start up a conversation. It could literally be about anything. A TV show you saw last night, the guy that got food poisoning in the office the other day, or you favorite brand of ice cream. The subject matter doesn’t truly matter, just as long as you get and have the other person’s (or people’s) attention. Even if subject matter changes, make sure you keep their attention.
Once you know that you’ve got them hooked into what you’re talking about, it’s time to move onto the next step. This is a quick subject change to something that the other person/people may not have any sort of understanding about, but your transition has to be seamless. So don’t slip from talking about and NBA game to a car crash that was on the news in the same sentence. Take your time and slowly interject the subject, making it suggestive to get them to take the bait. Your chances are better with a group for this because there is usually one really curious person among them, but it definitely works one on one as well.
After that has been achieved the next step is just as simple. When you have a subject you can use, start to incorporate miscellaneous people and things that remind you of said subject in some way. The links to the people or objects and your current subject need not be very strong, at least not all of them anyway. This usually helps when the person/people you’re confusing knows the other people or understands what the thing you are talking about is. The more different those people/things can be actually helps, as this would cause your audience to wonder what the similarities are to those people and/or things.
Now at this point, though it might not be obvious, the person/people are being held captive mentally. Now this is where you either need to know them well enough or to be quick at picking up on human tendencies. Chances are, the person confused won’t even realize that they are, but how they respond to you will let you know. Some of the simple signs to catch are a stutter (that is for people who usually don’t), maybe a raise eyebrow, or surprised look on their face/s, or just them communicating in a way that is unusual for them. This could be usage of words from their vocabulary they may not used normally, different or awkward body language, and if this is normally a extroverted, confident person, them becoming introverted or less confident. Sometimes even the pitch of a person’s voice will change.
From here on, you have to be gifted with how you use your words. If you are not, then unfortunately, this may not work for you. People who are even slightly confused can easily fall to the power of suggestion. Though I am not intending that to sound so sinister, I’m quite simply saying this is your chance to get inside their head/s. The thing with this though, you have to be very careful of personal boundaries that people have, otherwise you will completely fail here. Getting close to them (not physically) is okay, but don’t push it too much. It’s almost like a really weak form of hypnosis that will break on the first mistake. And you need be a bit charismatic as well so no one catches on very easily.
With carefully chosen words, you can actually make people believe you are reading their minds. In all honesty all you would be doing is being suggestive. You’d be planting ideas in their head, but these would be things that sounds to them like something they may have already thought about, whether it is or not. I’ve used this before once to actually bring a person out of being sad and depressed, though it was only temporary. Everything pretty much would be up to your to decide. Don’t think of this as a method of control though because it would ultimately fail in the end if you tried using it that way, at least as far as I have thought it would anyway.
It would be up to you to believe me or not, you can think that this is all just weird rambling about something that doesn’t work. Or you could try it and see how far you get, and if it works for you, please comment and tell me how it did. If not, hey, you can still comment, but please don’t be rude. And here is something else to think about, if you were even slightly confused by this article in the least, then the technique actually did work on you. With that in mind, have a nice day.