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Subliminally Correct is a bi-weekly podcast where two experts in subconscious messaging examine the intersection of politics, persuasion, and all the ways politicians and newsmakers are using psychological tactics to influence you every single day.



The show is hosted by Alex Dobranic, Political Consultant and Certified Consulting Hypnotist; and Taylor Sherman, Executive Coach and Certified Hypnosis Instructor – experts in politics and subliminally persuasive tactics.



Guests range from political staffers, consultants, journalists and academics, to experts in hypnosis, body-language, and Neuro-Linguistic Psychology; here to give you an inside look into what makes the persuasive politician.


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In the first impeachment hearings, we examine congressman Jim Jordan's methods of persuasion and influence, along with a press conference clip featuring President Trump's framing of the whole process.We begin with a softball question asked by right-leaning OAN's reporter who gives Donald Trump an easy platform to monologue the day away, and then take a listen to Jim Jordan as he procedes to persuade. We break down several of Jordan's devices of framing. Take a listen to this episode to learn:How Jordan uses a classic car sales technique to convert a reluctant witness over to his side!The threat that John Ratcliff issues to Adam Schiff, disguised as simply part of parlimentary procedureUsing repetition along with deductive fallacies to create confusionTongue-twisters and what they have to do with the serious business of impeachmentOverwhelming with ordinals - 6 people having 4 conversations in 1 sentenceAnd more!Remember to visit our website (http://www.subliminallycorrect.com) and support us through Patreon (https://www.patreon.com/subliminallycorrect)!You can also follow us on Twitter (https://twitter.com/SubliminalPod) and Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/SubliminallyCorrect/)!(Theme Music: "Night Owl" by Broke For Free from Free Music Archive, CC BY 3.0)
Why do rational people listen to irrational things? Conspiracy-theory laced TV host Alex Jones is featured on this episode where we discuss the Info Wars he claims are happening.Listen to this episode to find out:How Jones takes an innocuous clip of James Comey and uses it to spin a fictional reality narrativeA breakdown of just one clever sentence that combines mind reads, unspecified abstractions, and in-group/out-group thinkingThe GOP nightmare scenario that you need to be aware ofThe use of what Fritz Perls called Organ LanguageA super-spooky hypnotic outro that continues our Halloween theme!And more!Remember to visit our website (http://www.subliminallycorrect.com) and support us through Patreon (https://www.patreon.com/subliminallycorrect)!You can also follow us on Twitter (https://twitter.com/SubliminalPod) and Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/SubliminallyCorrect/)!(Theme Music: "Night Owl" by Broke For Free from Free Music Archive, CC BY 3.0)
Alex Jones and Info Wars are back in this two-part episode, where we find out exactly how he manages to keep people listening, even after being banned on multiple platforms. Learn how he does it and how this applies to Donald Trump.In this episode we cover:How Alex Jones accidentally reveals something that might imply he has actual brain damageWhy God makes an appearance in his episodes and what that says about his persuadabilityVenturing down the Real Rabbit Hole and getting down to Brass TacksHow metaphors of Gifts and Team Building are used to disarm and controlHis music selection and why each song has a themeThe psychological reasons why people would listen to him in the first place, the type of person who tends to listen, and how they get addicted. You might be surprised!Remember to visit our website (http://www.subliminallycorrect.com) and support us through Patreon (https://www.patreon.com/subliminallycorrect)!You can also follow us on Twitter (https://twitter.com/SubliminalPod) and Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/SubliminallyCorrect/)!(Theme Music: "Night Owl" by Broke For Free from Free Music Archive, CC BY 3.0)
Are the American people wrong for wanting a change in our government, in wanting a choice in their healthcare, and in which wars we engage in? In this episode we take a listen to the key points of the New York Times / CNN debates in Ohio, a key battleground state where the candidates who are still remaining are fighting it out to win votes, and the respect of the others on the stage. Take a listen to this episode to find out:Why the new measure of Democracy is how many selfies a candidate has taken with their supportersInsurance companies pulling the rug out from under people and what the candidates have planned to solve thisUsing words like "only" and how they narrow the focus of attention to being exclusive rather than inclusiveIs a trickle-up economy possible? How Andrew Yang thinks that Universal Basic Income (UBI) will heal the American tax payerHow Cory Booker and Kamala Harris are battling with each other to be the biggest advocate for women's rightsBernie Sanders' brilliant reframe where he moves into story language and captivates the audience - we break down why it was so effectiveElizabeth Warren's masterful maneuver that redefines the "complex equivalence" of Pete Buttigieg's medicare planIs Tulsi Gabbard a Russian prop given her repeated language using foreign talking points? Listen to this episode for our true opinions!Beto's potential instruments of terror and how the moderators catch him in a lieAnd more!Remember to visit our website (http://www.subliminallycorrect.com) and support us through Patreon (https://www.patreon.com/subliminallycorrect)!You can also follow us on Twitter (https://twitter.com/SubliminalPod) and Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/SubliminallyCorrect/)!(Theme Music: "Night Owl" by Broke For Free from Free Music Archive, CC BY 3.0)
In this episode we listen to clips from a joint press conference by Republican leadership in the wake of Nancy Pelosi announcing an impeachment inquiry of Donald Trump.We hear in this episode a high degree of spin from the Republicans, and persuasion skills are at the forefront! Take a listen to this episode to find out:The key transitional phrase that Republican leaders keep using in order to pace and lead the audienceWhat Nancy Pelosi has to do with the classical game of Plinko from the Price is Right, and this hilarious analogy and linkageThe key phrases that the speakers use that let you know they just lied and how you can be on the lookout for themHow selective attention is being used to focus you only on the facts they want you to seeThe "They/We" switch and why pronoun usage is so important when analyzing persuasive messagesA breakdown of linking cause and effect statements and what this has to do with TrumpThe distraction game and how Corey Lewandowski makes an appearanceTaylor's favorite nominalization in all of politicsThe "Big Reveal" - how listening to this press conference a few days after it aired shows a shocking revelation that not even the Republicans knew had already happened!And much more!Remember to visit our website (http://www.subliminallycorrect.com) and support us through Patreon (https://www.patreon.com/subliminallycorrect)!You can also follow us on Twitter (https://twitter.com/SubliminalPod) and Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/SubliminallyCorrect/)!(Theme Music: "Night Owl" by Broke For Free from Free Music Archive, CC BY 3.0)
In this episode we listen to important moments stemming from the third democratic debate, held on ABC news. We break down how both the moderators and the politicians influenced the debates, as well as influenced each other. Listen to this episode to learn:The secret behind the Yang Gang's popularityThe PR reason that candidates are so keen to say that they love Obama, while simultaneously rejecting his policies.How Elizabeth Warren uses the persuasion technique of value stemming to bypass a moderator's question and go right to the core of the matterMore transitional phrases and how Kamala Harris and Elizabeth Warren are now using the same phrase to divert the audience's attention from the tough questions they are askedHow one candidates uses an on/off voice tone in order to hammer in a particular message that their contemporaries might not be willing to acceptThe technique of moving from large groups to small groups to increase liking, and how individuals are the most likeable of allUniversal Quantifiers as they are used on the debate stage - do you know which candidate is most Trump-like in this way? It might not be who you expect...Pete Buttigieg's tough uphill battle against the race and immigration allegations that won't leave him alone and his plan to defeat systemic racismThe moment where Kamala Harris is caught off-guard as she is starkly confronted with facts on her record and how she spins itBeto's appeal to religiousity and how he mixes that with his strongly progressive gun rights stancesAnd more!Remember to visit our website (http://www.subliminallycorrect.com) and support us through Patreon (https://www.patreon.com/subliminallycorrect)!You can also follow us on Twitter (https://twitter.com/SubliminalPod) and Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/SubliminallyCorrect/)!(Theme Music: "Night Owl" by Broke For Free from Free Music Archive, CC BY 3.0)
In this episode we break down a Marianne Williamson campaign rally in San Francisco, where she covers many areas of her policy but more importantly how she thinks about the politics. We break down how she has managed to gain as much traction as she has, and analyze her persuasive communication. Listen to this episode to find out:Is Williamson's voice a helpful inspiration to bring new air to our political system, or is she "flat out crazy"?How she uses Trumpian tactics of crowd handling to move the audience and insert new ideas.Why it's important that Williamson grew up in Texas and what that has to do with baseball.Associating into the "second position" of the other as described in Neuro-Lingustic Programming and how she uses this tactic without saying what she is doing.What the health of the body has to do with national security, and why you need to listen.A call-back to one of Biden's old tropes, and how she spins it and makes it her own.Punctuational ambiguities and how she uses an old Milton Erickson technique to give double meanings.Why a few statistics about women generated her so much cheering and applause.The metaphors of a song, a dog whistle, and a megaphone, and how Williamson uses "VAK" languaging to gain rapport with more of the room.And more!Remember to visit our website (http://www.subliminallycorrect.com) and support us through Patreon (https://www.patreon.com/subliminallycorrect)!You can also follow us on Twitter (https://twitter.com/SubliminalPod) and Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/SubliminallyCorrect/)!(Theme Music: "Night Owl" by Broke For Free from Free Music Archive, CC BY 3.0)
In this episode we listen to an NPR interview from a series called "On The Trail," done with Tulsi Gabbard, a 2020 candidate for President. Take a listen to this one to learn:What Gabbard does with her voice repeatedly in order to seem more PresidentialWhy the way she addresses her potential influence with Russia reveals more than what she actually says, and a first hand experience with Russian bots on Twitter.How she is using code language to call out to those who serve in the armed forces or who are related to militaryHer past as it relates to climate policy and how a trip back to her childhood reveals surprising insightsThe one mistake she made in her life and how she manages to turn it around into an inspirational narrativeHow NPR interviewers change their questions in order to influence the type of answer that comes backGabbard's catch phrase that she uses repeatedly in order to suggest that she has a particular personality traitThe hypnosis technique of Pacing Current Experience and how it is being used by politicians to create rapport and suggest familiarityWhat Gabbard thinks of Justin Amash and how he might be similar to herWhether Gabbard has considered leaving the Democratic partyAnd more!Remember to visit our website (http://www.subliminallycorrect.com) and support us through Patreon (https://www.patreon.com/subliminallycorrect)!You can also follow us on Twitter (https://twitter.com/SubliminalPod) and Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/SubliminallyCorrect/)!Full NPR episode: https://www.npr.org/2019/07/08/739603781/which-u-s-wars-were-justifiable-tulsi-gabbard-names-only-world-war-ii(Theme Music: "Night Owl" by Broke For Free from Free Music Archive, CC BY 3.0)
In this episode, we talk about Robert Mueller's appearance before the House Judiciary Committee on whether the Trump campaign obstructed justice, and on the Russia investigation. In this episode we lead you through:Why Democrats and Republicans have vastly different ideas on the meaning of the hearing, the facts of the Mueller report, and how this will play out in 2020How a key Republican talking point uses Mind Reading as a tactic to influence usThe Non-Mirror Image Reverse in hypnotic language and how this was used to create a "gotcha" question in the hearing!The talk show themed paternity test drama that is brought in to the hearingWhether Robert Mueller is in this just for duty, or if there is something personal in it for himThe battle between department policy versus personal feelingsPeter Strzok's firing and how internal motivation was used to drive policyWhy rapid speakers are more persuasive, and who in the House uses their tempo in order to purposefully create confusionThe chilling "1984"-like, anti-democracy message from one congressman that should scare you to your bonesRobert Mueller's response to why he thinks the President wanted him firedWhether Donald Trump knew he was innocent or guilty, and how the "big justice department" might have influenced thatWhether congress has passed a record number of bills, or has accomplished nothing, depending on who you askThe one congressperson who gets red faced and hot tempered in a staged emotional attack at Mueller and whether this type of attack is effective and on which levelsRemember to visit our website (http://www.subliminallycorrect.com) and support us through Patreon (https://www.patreon.com/subliminallycorrect)!You can also follow us on Twitter (https://twitter.com/SubliminalPod) and Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/SubliminallyCorrect/)!(Theme Music: "Night Owl" by Broke For Free from Free Music Archive, CC BY 3.0)
We're back for the second night of the Democratic Debates. This one features some heavyweights - Bernie Sanders, Joe Biden, Kamala Harris and Pete Buttigieg.We've chosen to pick one segment from each issue/topic to analyze how the different candidates responded, and persuaded, one another and the audience. Listen to this episode to find out:How transitional phrases are used by multiple candidates to not answer questions, and the exact words candidates are using to transition to a new topicHow Barack Obama's campaign messaging has been hijacked by Bernie Sanders to illustrate the difference between him and other candidatesThe moment when Bernie gets caught off-guard and accidentally says the whole truthThe ways that moderators were trying to create a pit fight between moderate and progressive candidates, and why they picked certain candidates to go against each otherWhy Kamala Harris jumps in when she did on the contentious questions about race and ethnicity, and what we should know about this from a persuasion standpointHow candidates broaden their messaging by first diverting to values and then swinging back to policy pointsThe rhetorical technique of antimeria and which 2020 candidate won the "rhetoric award" for this debateNecessity vs. possibility languaging and how candidates might be painting themselves into a cornerHow Kamala Harris changes scope on a moderator and launches an implied threatEric Swalwell's attacks on Joe Biden and Pete Buttigieg and why it makes sense to examine them more closelyThe illogical but persuasively sound argument that one candidate made while on the debate stage that caused roaring applauseAnd much more!If you enjoy this show, we can really use your support. Please consider supporting us through Patreon (https://www.patreon.com/subliminallycorrect).Remember to visit our website (http://www.subliminallycorrect.com), and you can also follow us on Twitter (https://twitter.com/SubliminalPod) and Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/SubliminallyCorrect/)!Ten candidates: Joe Biden, Sanders,Kamala Harris, Pete Buttigieg, Kirsten Gillibrand, Michael Bennet, Marianne Williamson, Eric Swalwell, Andrew Yang, John Hickenlooper(Theme Music: "Night Owl" by Broke For Free from Free Music Archive, CC BY 3.0)Remember to visit our website (http://www.subliminallycorrect.com) and support us through Patreon (https://www.patreon.com/subliminallycorrect)!You can also follow us on Twitter (https://twitter.com/SubliminalPod) and Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/SubliminallyCorrect/)!(Theme Music: "Night Owl" by Broke For Free from Free Music Archive, CC BY 3.0)
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