Sidney Mazzi – 13 min read
CHAPTER 7 – THE EXTREMES – Human Drawers
As if the Hidden Associations aren’t crazy enough, here’s another reality-distorting human feature: These creatures organise information within their heads into categories — like drawers.
Let’s start with an exaggerated example that summarises features related to both this chapter and the last:
Tell a human this story: The prisoner
Imagine a human in a squalid, overcrowded prison. There is no middle ground in this hell hole; either the human is a murderer, a rapist or a victim of those kinds of criminals. As you can expect, being categorised as a victim would be a nightmare. So, once confined to this prison, even innocent humans (those wrongly sentenced) see no alternative but to do whatever it takes to avoid being labelled as a victim — they become real criminals.
Do you get the picture so far?
Now, imagine that in this prison, any hint of weak or loser behaviour can lead to a prisoner being categorised as a victim by other inmates, which is almost equivalent to a death sentence. Yes, within seconds, a murderer to be feared can be reclassified as a victim to be preyed upon. So, it is natural to imagine that those criminals perceived as tough live in constant alert mode and feel unable to show any flaws. They must always be the criminal; any sign of weaknesses can be fatal.
How does this apply to humans? And how can you use it against them?
Any human would shudder at this nightmare situation. It’s not only the thought of incarceration that is chilling but the idea of being haunted day and night by fears of being perceived as a victim.
If you told a human that in their daily lives the vast majority of his kind live a similar nightmare, he wouldn’t understand.
Let’s start from the beginning.
Humans continuously categorise everything they see or pay attention to. You see, labelling things and situations helps them understand quickly what’s happening around them. But, for hunters, what’s most fascinating is that humans usually have too few categories, or Drawers, as we describe them, and so they must adapt. Yes, for many humans, their brain has minimal Drawers, so they label things based on what they have. What other choice is there? As expected, this feature causes extreme behaviour because things get stuck in the duality of 0 or 100: good or bad, black or white; there is no middle ground.
For example, if a human had just two Drawers (black and white) he would have no choice but to place any colour he sees in one of the two. So, anything that isn’t entirely white may be interpreted as black.
How does this all work in practical terms? Well, as mentioned, most humans have too few Drawers, so they label everything as either “winner” or “loser”. With only two large Drawers in their minds, these humans live in perpetual fear of being perceived by themselves, or others, as a loser.
HOW DOES LABELLING HAPPEN?
Let’s look at another exaggerated example that explains how labelling (putting things and situations into Drawers) works inside a human’s mind — without him even knowing.
Labelling happens before humans receive information, so the message is compromised by the time it reaches the Captain.
We warn you that the following example, which explains the process of putting information into Drawers, is rather long and complicated. However, it needs to be to ensure you understand fully that categorising happens without a human knowing.
Tell a human this story: The Drawers
Imagine that the messenger, on the previously described ancient ship, relays information to the captain in his cabin. However, this time, for greater security, he writes the information on paper and sends it to the captain through a line-of-transaction drawer, also known as a pass-through.
We know this sounds crazy, but you’ll get what we mean.
Now, on this ship, there are only two transaction drawers for the messenger to choose: one for good news (safe, winner, friends, etc.) and one for bad news (danger, loser, enemy, war, doomsday, etc.). Every time the messenger uses the bad-news drawer to inform the captain, a warning alarm for battle mode starts to ring — the ship is in danger and, therefore, vulnerable.
Note that the alarm rings BEFORE the captain reads the message.
As expected, the drawer in which the message is placed determines whether conditions are good or bad, whether the crew thinks the ship is in a winning or losing situation.
Now, let’s say that the messenger, based on all his mind’s past experiences and crazy associations, must decide whether news of an approaching ship should go into the good-news (safety) or bad-news (danger) drawer.
Interestingly, sometimes a small detail can determine which drawer the messenger sends the message through. If the messenger judges the approaching ship as a possible threat and chooses the bad-news drawer, even before the captain receives the message, the war-mode alarm will reverberate throughout the ship. The crew will become agitated and run to their positions. Sails and oars will be adjusted for battle and artillery (cannons and ammunition, etc.) prepared. All this will happen before the captain can even read the message. And, there is no middle ground; the ship will be full throttle into war mode.
How does this apply to humans? And how can you use it against them?
This example sounds complicated. But it shows that all decisions for which Drawer to place information into (how to label and store it in a human’s memory) are made before the Captain receives it. The message is biased, tainted. Before a human truly understands a situation, his heart pounds, or he becomes angry, and all these reactions are mostly beyond his control at the time. Should the human have developed more Drawers, he would have better control.
The example also shows that the Drawers are not easy to change. There is a structural problem to overcome. The captain would have to work with the messenger for months — even years — to construct new categories to receive better information.
In the same way, for example, it would be difficult for a human to create new Drawers overnight just by reading this book. It takes lots of time and effort to perceive reality through new Drawers.
WHEN HAVING FEW DRAWERS AFFECTS HUMANS’ PERCEIVED REALITY
In a bar, a waiter ignores a male human for a couple of minutes. Though unaware, deep inside the male thinks, “Do winners get ignored? No, they don’t. So, this waiter is implying that I am a loser!” Be aware, that for this human, “loser” is the only option for this situation. So, suddenly, a lack of attention becomes a challenge to his manhood, and the male creates an ugly scene. Yes, a few bad minutes have ruined a good night out. So, the male human (at the Messenger level) concludes that the waiter is calling him a loser and placing him in the Loser Drawer. And, he doesn’t even realise the real reason behind his angst. He simply blames and hates the waiter.
In the same way, a minor traffic incident can be seen as a threat to a human’s manhood and result in road rage — the guy who cut him off is labelling him a loser!
In a class presentation, students can present very different behaviours based on their interpretation of the occasion. Remember, as explained in the last chapter, whether a human feels he is loved conditionally or unconditionally can affect how he perceives a small mistake. So, a faux pas can have different meanings, which are also multiplied based on the number of Drawers a human has. You see, a class presentation can be an opportunity for a student to show his knowledge or, alternatively, a task to prove that he will be successful in life and justify his family’s love and acceptance.
You see, to a human with just two Drawers, success means he is a winner, and a small flaw makes him a loser, afraid, unlovable and a social pariah. One Drawer holds many meanings. Suddenly, a class presentation becomes far more because there is so much to lose should the human happen to jump from one Drawer to the other.
All conclusions humans come to can be based on tiny clues. It is easy to understand why some step on stage for a presentation with their heart pounding like a gladiator prepared to kill or be killed at the Coliseum; there is so much at stake.
Drawers causing career troubles:
A boss might request something that the employee sees as too basic and dumb but still involves twenty minutes of extra work. So, following the rationale of the previous examples, the employee may become extremely nervous, not because of the prospect of extra work, but of what the task means. If he is doing something dumb — and winners don’t do dumb things — he can’t be a winner. Based on a scrap of evidence, he feels like he has a large “L” glued to his forehead. The employee doesn’t fully understand why he is angry about something so small, but, regardless, he loses his temper.
Finally for this section, sometimes highly successful humans, like wealthy executives or world champion athletes, suffer a rare defeat which causes them to jump directly to the Loser Drawer — without ‘passing go’ — leaving them devastated. Like the prisoner in the squalid prison, a one-off failure can cause him to be reclassified from ‘hero to zero’ in an instant.
We know it is difficult to believe things can get so intense, so to illustrate our point further, here’s a situation we once witnessed on Earth. There was a world-champion female fighter, undefeated throughout her career, whom we will call Rosa Reyna. With such a glowing resume, you would think that nothing could rattle this fighter, right? Well, unbelievably, she considered committing suicide after the inevitable happened: She finally suffered a defeat. We repeat, after the first loss in her career — a record no other human had achieved at that time — she contemplated suicide.
So, it’s not only regular humans who are prone to extreme reactions, but also the crème de la crème — the elite. Rosa Reyna, after facing one ‘bump in the road’, felt so devastated that she considered killing herself. And it’s worth pointing out that despite her defeat, while she thought of suicide, she was still considered the greatest female fighter of all time.
Do you get the picture? Can you see how destructive having too few Drawers can be? Even for the most advanced human specimens, the effects can be devastating. Now, imagine regular humans, the ones you will usually hunt. How easy can it get?
There are other famous cases with executives and sportspeople. Of course, not all reach the point of wanting to blow out their brains, but you wouldn’t believe how often outwardly successful humans become disproportionately devastated by small setbacks.
By now you might be thinking, “This is too crazy. How can I tell whether my prey has a small number of drawers and if it does, how can I use the fact against it?”
Well, understand this: An overreaction usually indicates a small number of Drawers. You see, exaggerated emotions are often caused by extra meanings that develop because of the winner/loser way of analysing things — a small mistake meaning to a human that he is a loser. So, whenever a human overreacts to a situation, like in the Rosa Reyna example, it usually indicates that he has a poor grasp of reality and probably constantly fears becoming a loser. As a hunter, however, like with the other features, only after consistent observation must you reach conclusions about your prey — one or two isolated events aren’t enough.
We will continue with several more examples and stick with the Drawer metaphor because, to be able to manipulate humans, it is crucial that you understand this concept. You may feel that the message is becoming repetitive. However, we assure you that it needs to be.
Drawers causing trouble in human relationships:
A human believes he will end up in the Loser Drawer if his partner has an affair. So, like a frightened animal, he is crazily insecure and obsessed with every action his partner takes. As expected, he most often has no idea about the root of his insecurity. At the Captain’s level, he just knows he is obsessed with his partner.
Do you see how too few Drawers can cause problems before one even exists? If the human believes being cheated on makes him a loser, his relationship will be like a pressure cooker — even before his partner considers giving another suiter the ‘glad eye’. For this fragile creature, there’s much at stake, so he lives in constant fear of betrayal — even the faintest whiff of infidelity will cause him to question the future of the relationship. To this human, it’s as if an affair, or a marriage breakdown, is directly linked to a threat to his life. Can you grasp how this daily nightmare is similar to what the prisoner endures?
Here are two more examples:
One night, a male human can’t ‘get it up’ in bed (loses his erection). This failure to perform leads him directly to the Loser Drawer. Suddenly, his manhood is under threat, so he takes refuge in denial and blame: “It never happened! She’s at fault.”
A couple has a good relationship, but after a brief period of no sex, one of them begins to believe they are in trouble; their relationship is doomed.
By the way, of course, some of these conclusions could be true — no sex could indicate cracks in a relationship. However, it can also mean many other things: There could be an issue outside the relationship or, perhaps, no problem at all. What is interesting is that when a human feels the threat of heading to the Loser Drawer, he can hardly think straight. He can’t see the difference between it can be a problem and it is a problem, a small clue and a final statement.
Labelling and categorising affects humans all the time. Even a tardy response to a text message can be interpreted as a threat to a relationship or something equally ominous. Yes, humans continuously use small clues to reach far bigger conclusions. Life for them must be truly exhausting.
AS USUAL, THIS CONCEPT ALSO RUNS DEEPER…
Do you see how Drawers distort reality? Here’s an example of how they work in a more complex situation that isn’t easy to spot at first:
Sometimes, with a couple, the female may start to earn more money than the male, and the relationship jumps into a crisis. If you ask the male to explain the reasons for the fights and arguments, he may have clear, straightforward issues to complain about. But, only by digging deeper can you identify the real problem, which is his interpretation of the situation as “unbearable” and him labelling himself as a loser.
Well, imagine two big Drawers:
- Winner (successful, earn more money, dominance, etc.) — a big package.
- Loser (everything that doesn’t fit into the Winner Drawer) — another big package.
You see, on Earth, money and dominance are often placed in the same Drawer (Winner), and many male humans think they have to be dominant in a relationship. So, the rationale is that by earning less money than their partner, their dominance is threatened, which could send them to the Loser Drawer. Crazy, isn’t it?
And, most incredibly, these males often freak out and, despite having strong feelings for their partners, end their relationships just to escape the situation — without understanding why they feel so threatened.
Should a ‘threatened’ human explain his reasons for his relationship crisis, few would question him. Sure, some advanced creatures will realise that his partner’s superior earning power is probably the root of the problem. However, almost none will realise that the issue runs far deeper.
How so? Well, the real problem is the male human’s low number of Drawers, his interpretation of the world and poor understanding of life’s complexities. An experienced hunter would know that, for this male human, the correct remedy would be to change his definitions of money, dominance and a male’s role in a relationship, and create new Drawers in between Winner and Loser. Of course, this is easier said than done.
At all times, humans label things and situations; they confuse small indicators with final statements and overrate the consequences. It is a form of cognitive bias in which the brain allows a minuscule and specific trait to influence a human’s overall evaluation of another human, an object or a situation. While in prison, it is understandable that an inmate will be petrified of showing a flaw. In real life, it shouldn’t be that bad. But, it can be. Pay attention to overreactions or misunderstandings; they will provide valuable clues to explore later.
Some hunters confuse Drawers and Hidden Associations. To make things clear, the Drawers in a human’s mind multiply problems that begin with meanings (Hidden Associations).
When you observe your prey presenting abnormal behaviour, you should always ask:
- What does it mean to this animal?
- Can it differentiate between assumptions and facts?
- How does it categorise a situation?
- Does this animal have only a few Drawers, or does it have more?
From a hunter’s perspective, the fewer Drawers a human has the better, because fewer Drawers cause extreme behaviours. It can be tricky to conclude why a human behaves strangely at first, so you must pay close attention because not even humans are aware of why they react in certain ways.
Do you want to hear a joke? Despite not knowing themselves (how their mind works, their crazy Hidden Associations and Drawers), humans usually demand that their friends, family and partners understand them, and they get angry if they don’t. Haha!