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Friday, September 12, 2008

Beware the Mindwipe!

I mentioned this in Idiot Manager Tactics, but it's worth repeating.

The most powerful tactic in the arsenal of the idiot manager is the mindwipe. The idiot manager literally has the power to alter people's memories. Here's how it works.

In Idiots vs. Reality #2, I caught the idiot manager in a contradiction. I had proof of "X", while the idiot manager said "not X". I was saying around to people "The idiot manager is dishonest. He said 'not X', while 'X' was true." The idiot manager knows that people will use logic to discredit him.

After he found out he got caught, the idiot manager went around saying to everyone "X". He successfully erased all memories that he had, at any time, said "not X". Then, when I say "The idiot manager is inconsistent. He said 'not X', while 'X' is true." Then, the retort is "What are you talking about? The idiot manager always said 'X'. He never said 'not X'." In this manner, my attempt to expose the idiot manager as a fraud backfires.

When I got fired, some of the marketing owners came to speak with me afterwards. I used the example in "Idiots vs Reality #2" to offer evidence against the idiot manager. They said that the idiot manager had never attempted to take credit for my proposed bugfix. In fact, he had gone around to everyone saying what a brilliant job I had performed fixing that bug. In this manner, my attempt to expose him as a fraud backfired. I looked like the bad guy.

Someone that dishonest does not acquire the skill by accident. It is a finely honed skill.

I was saying "OMFG! The idiot manager performed a successful mindwipe! He erased all evidence of his dishonesty!"

Do you have the ability to prevent other people from altering your memories? DO YOU? DO YOU REALLY? ARE YOU SURE? ARE YOU REALLY SURE? ARE YOU REALLY REALLY SURE?

If you've never said "OMFG! That idiot manager just pulled off a mindwipe!", then you probably don't have the ability to prevent your memories from being altered. Before I attained enlightenment, I would have assumed that my memory of the idiot manager's dishonesty was faulty. Not anymore! I've been trained by some of the world's biggest scumbags!

Idiot managers have never encountered someone with mindwipe resistance. I don't know if I have partial mindwipe resistance or full immunity. Most psychopaths have probably never encountered anyone with mindwipe resistance before, so my partial resistance should be as good as full immunity. I can't be sure. How can you be sure you've never been the victim of a mindwipe?

The Rails advocate also performed a mindwipe, albeit not as spectacular and well-coordinated as the new idiot manager. When we first started using Rails, he was saying. "Rails is cool! Rails is super-productive! We'll have a working prototype in a month!" Three months later, he said "I always said it would take 6 months to get something that runs." That isn't as spectacular as the new idiot manager's mindwipe, but it still counts as a mindwipe.

The mindwipe tactic is an important, critical concept. It is a key component of the manner in which psychopaths cement their control over everyone else.

1 comment:

Mike said...

Before I attained enlightenment...

Enlightenment, you say? Did you wash your cup after?

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