Recently, I've been testing a series of self-improvement CDs called Paraliminals, which claim to use state-of-the-art methods to give you, among other things, "instantaneous personal magnetism". The problem with evaluating them, though, is that you can't really go around asking friends and colleagues whether they think you've been demonstrating instantaneous personal magnetism over the past few weeks.
Actually, that's not true. You can. I did. Uniformly, they gave me a slightly scared look, which made it clear that they agreed I was indeed demonstrating a new personality trait, no doubt about it. Just maybe not the one I'd intended.Paraliminals' selling point is that they're not meant to be hypnotic, but nor do you process them consciously. You can't: you're instructed to listen wearing headphones, and a syrupy-voiced American named Paul Scheele speaks two different scripts, one in each ear, at the same time. "Your conscious mind finds it difficult to process two voices simultaneously, so it shuts down," Scheele explains.
(Afterwards, I made the following transcript: "Your image of yourself and there was a special delight notice your potential has always been on occasion that image of you leaking springs and weedy patches...")
At first, it made me feel car-sick. But then further thought did become impossible, which is definitely relaxing, whether or not it instils the promised benefits .
Source - Guardian