Lies Other People Tell Us (Mind Viruses)

by Doc Orman, M.D.


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[easyazon-image-link asin=”1401924697″ alt=”Virus of the Mind: The New Science of the Meme” src=”http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51D5J7v2OxL._SL160_.jpg” align=”left” width=”102″ height=”160″]For my final blog post in this three-part series on common lies other people tell us, and how this leads to stress, I’d like to refer you to a very informative book called Virus Of The Mind, by Richard Brodie, who is noted for, among other things, being the creator of Microsoft Word. 

This book explores how ideas get implanted in our brains, and more importantly how they spread (similar to viruses) from person to person.

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Ideas That Spread Are Not Always Good For You

One of the central tenets of this book is that there are certain laws which govern how ideas spread, and this spreading is not always based on whether the idea is either true or good for you. According to author Richard Brodie:

“Ideas for running your business, managing your finances, and improving your life become prevalent not because they are the best for you, but because they are the best at spreading.  The two are sometimes related, but often not.”

In fact, Brodie fully acknowledges that Virus Of The Mind itself is an attempt to implant a new mind virus inside each and every person who reads it:

“WARNING: This book contains a live mind virus. Do not read further unless you are willing to be infected. The infection may affect the way you think in subtle or not-so-subtle ways—or even turn your current worldview inside out.”

How Ideas Spread

I highly recommend this book to you, and I suggest you read it all the way through. You’ll gain a new understanding of how other people have manipulated the ideas in your head, and how they will continue to try to do so, given recent  communication advances such as the Internet, text messaging, videos, MP3 files, etc.

This book will also help you understand the difference between our thoughts, our beliefs, and reality.  Although Brodie doesn’t talk about “stress” per se in his book, he points to numerous problems in life that are caused by specific mind viruses, so he is very much in tune with the way we are conceptualizing stress in this blog and in my free monthly newsletter.

You Can Choose To Insert Your Own Mind Viruses

On a more positive note, one of the most important messages of Virus Of The Mind is that we are not simply stuck with the mind viruses others have given us.  We are always free to insert our own mind viruses, anytime we want.

For example, we can help to select which ideas get programmed into our minds by being more selective about:

  • The books we read
  • The people we associate with
  • The television programs we chose to watch
  • The media outlets we listen to

Brodie also points out that we need to be more conscious of, and responsible for, the quality of the mind viruses we promote and share with others.

All in all, this is an excellent book that ties together, and expands upon, the two major themes we’ve been exploring the past two weeks: 1) how lies we tell ourselves can lead to stress; and 2) how lies other people tell us can also lead to problems and stress for us.

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