Subliminal Messages: Selling to the subconscious

Subliminal Messages: Selling to the subconscious

Let’s say that you want to buy a good wrist watch, so you google for options and check the images associated for a good design. While checking all the watch photos, you notice something weird about the time…

The hands on different watches from different brands are showing exactly 10:10… There are occasional images of watches, displaying different times but you don’t seem to like them as much as the ones indicating the time as ten past ten. But, why?

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“Oh! All the watches seemed to have stopped at 10:10”

It is most probably because the position of hands when time is 10:10 looks either like a “check mark” which suggests “approval” or a “smile” which represents “happiness” that you will get if you buy that watch.

That’s not all! The number 10 (that appears twice in 10:10) is also the top number when we are grading something, like “Wow! The new Avengers movie is 10 out of 10″…

When all these bits of tiny subliminal messages come to play, you will probably end up buying a watch that you may loathe later in your life…

Still not convinced?

Check the Amazon logo housing a wide grin that goes all the way from “A” to “Z” or the Nike logo design containing nothing more than a check mark. “Happiness” and “Approval” are once more wedged into our minds…

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Apart from subliminal “smiles” and “approvals”, “sex” is another great seller for products that have nothing to do with sex.

The “SFX” magazine, which is a sci-fi/fantasy magazine from the UK, have used this message cleverly on their covers when featuring a pretty girl or a handsome guy on the foreground of the cover page, covering just the lower tip of the “F” in the background, thus the title of the magazine is often subconsciously perceived as “SEX”…

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Who can resist these characters?

It can be a different story and a new cover design when the featured characters are not very alluring as seen below:

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Surely, there are exceptions to this mind trick in some issues, but most of the time, it’s as described above. By the way, SFX is a great magazine.

The subliminal message of “Sex” surfaces even in unrelated products.

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The red “S” skittle and “Explosion”… Hmmm!

 

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Notice anything strange in the ice cubes?

We do not have to look into these pictures for a prolonged time to get the subliminal message, our subconscious gets it even at the slightest glance…

We are only human after all…

The pros and the pros of dating friends

The attraction to physical beauty makes only one side of the three-dimensional medallion in dating: The rim and the edge; the almost nonexistent part. The rest is all about honesty, trust, mutual understanding and having fun in whatever a couple is doing (from having sex to watching the grass grow in shared silence). Those qualities listed above create the chemistry between couples more than anything else. 

Nowadays, more and more people seek only their desired physical qualities in their partners… but that is never enough on its own. If that was the case, people would wildly date Picasso paintings or the full moon in a pitch black night, as that’s the real beauty in its purest form.

Becoming friends with a loved-one first is a must although there is always the risk of falling into the friend zone. But the concept of “being in the friend zone” was invented by those who have never experienced the pleasures of such a relationship in the first place. They accuse you of “trying to screw a friend” when there are so many other ways that you can screw a friend, which are far more destructive. 

I am not implying on dating every friend you have. However, the tiniest physical attraction you might have towards a friend is just a start in having the relationship of your life…

And on the plus side, you never get to lose your friend even if the romantic endeavor is over, as friends tend to stay in your life no matter what.

Trust me! I have experience….