PART II – DIGGING DEEPER INTO YOUR PREY’S REALITY (2/2)

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.

How come?

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.

Moving on…

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.

How come?

Well, imagine two big Drawers:

  1. Winner (successful, earn more money, dominance, etc.) — a big package.
  2. 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.


TO CONCLUDE

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!

The Art of Hunting Humans: A radical and confronting explanation of the human mind

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PART III – BETWEEN REALITIES and DESIRES

Chapter 8 – THE BRAIN’S PUPPET – Emotions & Desires

PART II – DIGGING DEEPER INTO YOUR PREY’S REALITY (1/2)

Sidney Mazzi – 13 min read

To get a firm understanding of humans’ inner worlds, we dig into their reality — an essential theme of this book that permeates all parts. You will begin to see why warming up was necessary.

Virtual Reality Googles

CHAPTER 6 – HAUNTED BY MEANINGS – Hidden Associations (shorter version)

As usual, we will start with an exaggerated example to illustrate the idea:

Tell a human this story: Multiple and personal codebooks

Imagine two ships displaying flags. Lookouts on each vessel observe the flags and report what they see to their respective messengers who each have a list of flag codes and their meanings.

Or, imagine two castles communicating using smoke signals. In both situations, the lookouts and messengers interpret the signals and explain the meaning to their captains.

As already discussed, communication problems are inevitable. Overall, though, the messages would be understood, right?

What would happen, though, if each ship or castle had different codebooks and were not aware of the fact? “My God!” you say. “It would be a mess!” Yes, any human can see the problems this system would create — especially if the captains were oblivious to the codes’ different meanings.

How does this apply to humans? And how can you use it against them?

Do you know that every human has an inbuilt codebook to decipher his environment? It’s true. And, like the messengers’ interpretations, each human’s book of codes is different. Consequently, humans appear to be talking about the same thing, but many times they are not. So, it is possible to observe completely different behaviours between humans facing the same situations.

It is important to point out again that, most of the time, the Captain is oblivious to the fact that the information he receives is misleading or entirely false. And, as discussed in previous chapters, when the Messenger manipulates information en route to the Captain, anything can become reality.

To understand, first we should demonstrate some simple examples of how the same situation (or flag or smoke signal) can have alternative meanings to different groups of humans.


A discussion can be an exchange of ideas or a chance to see who is best: If a human associates a discussion with a chance to see who is the best, like a battle, it’s not surprising he will be defensive and refuse to change his mind, even when presented with undeniable facts. In this case, he will listen to arguments, not to reflect, but to identify flaws to attack, and he will be immune to reason. This human is a ‘gladiator’, and finding a solution or the truth isn’t his ‘thing’. At the same time, if the human associates discussion with an exchange of ideas to discover the truth, he will act differently in the same situation.

Once you recognise, what we call “Hidden Associations”, it’s easy to understand some behaviours. Let’s look at some other examples:

A human gives advice that isn’t followed: In this situation, a particular kind of creature will get extremely ‘pissed’ because refusal to heed his advice is a clear sign’ of disrespect. He doesn’t know, but for him, not having his advice followed suggests he has no control over other humans or that they don’t care for his guidance. For others, though, having their advice followed, or not, has no association with disrespect or a lack of control. It’s just advice. Consequently, not being adhered to is no big deal. “Hey, at the end of the day, they can do what they want!”

Money can be a currency to trade, a measure of success or compensation for a weakness: So, as expected, when faced with the possibility of losing money, humans can react in many different ways — even two equally wealthy humans. All due to the meanings each human associates with losing money. For one, who uses money to compensate for some insecurity, even losing a few dollars can be devastating.

Looking at the three examples above, a clueless human would think that the topic of discussion, the advice provided, or the amount of financial loss, is the problem. However, for humans, life is far more complicated than that. In reality, what matters in the first example could be who wins; in the second, who is in control may be what counts; and, in the third example, the weaknesses or insecurities that a financial ‘hit’ exposes, and what winning or losing means, could be the cause of anxiety.

And the list goes on and on.

A luxury item, like jewellery or a car, can represent a symbol of success and social status to some humans. Alternatively, depending on how the owner displays his ‘bling’, for others he can be seen as a needy individual begging for social approval and recognition.

Also, a human might speak of his desire to own a business, but, in fact, he longs for freedom and recognition, not to be an entrepreneur. Read between the lines to understand what humans are really talking about.

Two humans spend months — even years — grieving the death of their offspring. Eventually, the father starts ‘living’ again; however, the mother continues to mourn. This situation causes tension between the couple. For the father, the death is a tragedy that will linger for the rest of his life, but, regardless, he wants to be happy again. For the mother, however, a return to happiness could mean she doesn’t love her offspring enough, and, in this case, if she starts enjoying life again, it wasn’t valuable enough to be remembered — she’d be a terrible mother. Can you see how far things can get? In this case, the mother views her partner’s perspective as disrespectful, a threat to the worthiness of their child’s life. She, however, isn’t fully aware of where her anger originates.

DIFFERENT MEANINGS IN HUMAN RELATIONSHIPS

A human can be considered attractive because he is fashionable (dresses well) and has a muscular body. Alternatively, an unfashionable slob can be viewed as a ‘good catch’ because he appears traditional, less influenced by fads and more likely to be stable in a relationship. And, just like the other cases, of course, humans are usually unaware of all the associations behind whom they find attractive — they just know they find another either ‘hot’ or not.

In the same way, a human can choose a partner because he (or she) is charismatic and strong. Or, he can love her because of a weakness — some disability or illness. How come? Well, to this human, a ‘flawed’ mate could make him feel more important and safe; in his mind, she is less likely to abandon him for another. So, he sees a weakness and is attracted to the possibility of feeling important and powerful (being needed and able to help). He might also relish the opportunity of being in a stable relationship. But, the human won’t recognise his motivations; he just knows that he likes the other human who just happens to have a weakness.

Generally speaking, you might presume that a human will be attracted to another who treats him with respect and allows freedom in a relationship. Some poor souls, though, are turned on by dominant, disrespectful partners whom they see as superior to themselves. In these cases, a show of respect could be perceived as a sign of weakness — a real turn off. Yes, it can get as crazy as that. And, in both cases, fixing the ‘problem’ (curing the weak partner or convincing the dominant one to show respect) could threaten the relationship.

Here’s one more example that is a bit less obvious: A heterosexual female human could be attracted to homosexual males because they don’t desire her. Simple as that. We will show you two possible reasons:

First, deep down, she may believe that if she succeeds in her seduction, she will feel more wanted and beautiful, which is intensely arousing to her. After all, this guy doesn’t even like women! If she can ‘get into the sack’ a man who isn’t attracted to the opposite sex, what does that mean about her? She must be mind-blowingly amazing, that’s what! Of course, she won’t admit, or even be aware of, her reason for pursuing homosexual men and may make all kinds of assumptions about the reasons behind her desire.

Or, here’s another possible reason for the attraction: At Crew level, the female may imagine that she will be able to be more aggressive during sex and assume that her homosexual partner won’t respond with force. In this case, she might find the fantasy of full expression, without the typical consequences of aggressive behaviour, enticing. Here again, the human will most probably be unaware of all her assumptions, unless she investigates her thoughts at a deeper level — which almost never happens.

So, of course, we have used extreme examples to show the power of Hidden Associations. As you can see, they can drive humans to make significant life decisions without knowing the assumptions that lead to them.

Now, return to the last few paragraphs where we explained a female human’s attraction to homosexual males and re-read them a couple of times. Can you see any problems? Probably not. However, believe us, the fact that we used a female, instead of, as usual, a male to explain our point can, for some humans, mean we are misogynistic. They won’t just imply this understanding, either; they will be absolutely certain. The thing to understand is that Hidden Associations can be radically different from human to human, but the outcome is usually powerful. Humans reach important conclusions with a minimal understanding of the reasons why. They don’t treat it as a possibility, but most often as a logical and certain conclusion.

In another example, a human’s partner could be a best friend with sex, a housekeeper, a substitute for his mother, a trophy or the reason for living — a saviour and guardian of happiness. With these alternative associations, how different do you think human behaviour can be?

Let’s say that marriage can mean a contract that establishes the rules of a partnership or, alternatively, a symbol of ultimate success — the source of happiness. It is easy to see why humans react differently to the same relationship problems. For one partner, the threat of breaking up is far more distressing than for the other; therefore, each will react differently to a troubled relationship.

There are countless examples, and all because humans think everybody reads from the same codebook; they are confident that their, often erroneous, conclusions are correct. Just like a human who reads the wrong map and feels sure he is heading in the right direction, a wrong book of codes misleads a human’s interpretation of the world. So, often, humans’ Captains are receiving the wrong information and perceiving alternative realities.

Here is a funny situation: A female human asks her partner to wash the dishes and a refusal, or him doing a poor job, could cause trouble. Why? Possibly because, to her, the chore represents many other meanings, like how much he still cares about their relationship and whether there is still love. So, by refusing to wash the dishes or doing a poor job, her partner is secretly and unconsciously sending a far worse message than he thinks.

The same happens if a human complains about his partner’s cooking. Fair enough, no? Actually, she is livid for apparently no reason. And, eventually, the couple discuss whether they still love each other, whether they should remain together — all because of a meal! It is possible that the human’s partner concludes that not liking the food is a clue to a much broader meaning, which, again, both humans are unaware of. We kid you not.

CONTINUALLY CHANGING UNCHANGEABLE TRUTHS

Interestingly, most humans are unaware that what they believe to be universal truths have changed over time.

For example, among humans, dominance during sex is currently associated with being on top; in days gone by, however, dominating meant being beneath a partner. So, two humans who both want to be in the ‘driver’s seat’ can do so in opposite ways: one can be on top, and the other can achieve the same goal on the bottom.

In another example, currently, the size of a male human’s genitalia is usually related to power; it is commonly desired to be longer and bigger. In contrast, a large appendage was once considered something to be ashamed of — a characteristic of slaves.

Desired body shapes have also changed throughout history. So, many of the ‘truths’ humans believe are simply a product of their generation, and yet they act as if they have always been so. As a result, it becomes even more difficult for them to question the assumptions in their minds.

But, why don’t humans recognise that they interpret the same stuff differently?

Let’s investigate why and where this phenomenon starts.


In one last example, a common situation, especially in humans nearing maturity, is doing ‘forbidden’ things often connected to feeling more free and mature. So, not surprisingly, young humans do one thing when they actually seek something seemingly unrelated. For example, sometimes, an obedient human (good student) can fall in love with the ‘wrong’ type (troubled student). Dating the troubled student (against the rules) makes the good student feel more mature. Got it? Of course, the good student isn’t aware of what’s going on, but most often what the animal is really in love with is the feeling of adulthood, not the other human. In this case, to forbid the good student from meeting the other (an object of love) will just ‘stoke the fire’ — increase the animal’s ardour. After all, the more repressed a human animal is, the more it will desire to be free, given the link it makes. Crazy, wouldn’t you say?

So, as a hunter, you should always keep this in mind — that all things that lead to assumptions should not be treated as conclusions. Not as certainties, but as probabilities. The world is complicated, with infinite possibilities.


Let’s look at the source of the problem in another example.

Different reactions towards small mistakes: It can make a massive difference to a human’s life if, in his early years, he believes his caregivers accept (love) him unconditionally. You see, knowing he will be loved regardless of success or failure gives him emotional security. On the other hand, a human who believes his caregivers’ love is conditional, based on him meeting certain expectations, will live in constant alert mode. Naturally for him, and most often, even a small mistake can mean big trouble, and his insecurity will usually lead to all kinds of strange behaviours, like blaming others and denial. So, for this ‘conditionally loved’ human, there is much at stake with every action he takes, and he gets nervous whenever he makes a mistake. Even an innocuous critique can cause a flood of emotions due to all the meanings it represents.

So, this is where crazy associations that lead to unfathomable conclusions come from. Pay attention to a human’s behaviour in a particular situation — you’ll get some useful clues.

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Tip: Whenever you see your prey complaining about something, try to see how similar the situation is to a problem from his past. For example, he complains that his boss does something (it could be anything, something small, like lack of attention or recognition) that irritates him profoundly. Then, investigate whether one of his parents used to do the same thing. Many times you will find striking similarities between both events. Why does this happen? Well, in a case like this, what irritates the human most is not the problem but the fact that he is facing it again — even though, as usual, he is unaware of the connection.

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Perhaps the human is super sensitive because the problem he experiences with his boss reminds him how his father used to treat him. It’s like the issue never goes away — remember the Repetition feature?

And, of course, another human who never faced the problem when young probably won’t be bothered by the boss’s actions or behaviour.

THE HUMAN BRAIN’S ASSOCIATIONS CAN HAVE OPPOSITE & UNEXPECTED MEANINGS

To complicate matters further, it is possible for your prey to have not just slightly different, but totally opposite, meanings related to the same thing. As usual, it all comes down to what something means to each human.

For example, feeling pain (which one would naturally expect should be avoided) can lead a human to believe he is winning. And, so, he can enjoy it. The way a human views pain can considerably change his perception of, and interaction with, reality. You see, all kinds of links can happen. Suffering can mean something to be avoided, or it can have a good connotation.

Consider the following examples:

  • Pain after exercising can feel good if the human links it to improving his body.
  • Or, sacrifice (for religious purposes or some other cause) can be a sign of achievement, leading the human to believe he is different (better) than others who don’t forgo life’s comforts. Therefore, the human abstains from eating something he loves (meat or dairy, for example), and he feels good.

So, humans can suffer and feel better — they can take pleasure from sacrifice. In a simple example, the sacrifices of religion can be pleasurable if a human links them to getting closer to his god or paradise (a concept of afterlife for some humans).

Consequently, a religion can dictate that followers make sacrifices and follow certain rules. These followers will feel good because the rules and sacrifices have alternative and deeper meanings than just the pain you see on the surface. Also, obeying makes them feel like part of a group with a common cause that brings them a step closer to heaven, etc. Can you see all the rewards attached to sacrifice due to the meaning some humans can link to it?

So, these humans suffer and feel good, which sounds contradictory. As you can see, humans will react to situations depending on how each interprets things around them. Always dig deeper and ask yourself, “What does something mean for my prey?”

TO CONCLUDE BEFORE WE JUMP INTO THE DRAWERS

So, humans’ multiple codebooks lead to many possible interpretations of the same situations. Earth’s most advanced primates are oblivious to this truth and often can’t separate assumptions from facts.

It’s like they view the world through sunglasses, unaware that every single pair has different coloured lenses. One human wears blue, the other pink. So, one will see blue stuff, and everything to the other will be rose-tinted. Like most humans, these two wouldn’t be aware they see different colours. It’s true that some humans are aware of the situation, but even they usually have a hard time applying this knowledge to their lives.

As if that isn’t enough, it gets more complicated or irrational (but also useful from a hunter’s perspective) because there is an additional human feature that alters their reality even more, one that can potentially multiply the problem several times. We’re talking about the way humans process and organise information. In the next chapter, we explain why some small changes in meanings can catapult widely different and extreme conclusions that lead humans to develop kinds of Allergies to certain words and situations.

Lastly, remember that when you observe your prey doing anything (especially if it’s odd and unexpected), always ask, “What does it mean to this animal?”

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PART II – DIGGING DEEPER INTO YOUR PREY’S REALITY (2/2)

CHAPTER 7 – THE EXTREMES – Human Drawers

PART I – WARM UP – THE ISOLATED CAPTAIN

Sidney Mazzi – 12 min read

To warm up we will discuss two very basic ideas. First we will quickly pass by the human communication system (Chapter 3) — which humans trust implicitly, and that’s a mistake. Secondly, we will expose how (and from where) humans perceive reality (Chapter 4). You will start to see the difference between seeing and projecting reality, which is crucial for understanding your prey.

Interestingly, this understanding will allow us, for example, to demonstrate why humans are condemned to repeat the same mistakes time and time again (Chapter 5).

Note again that the ideas we present here are basic, but crucial — a necessary foundation for you to build upon your understanding of the human animal. Having this solid foundation will pay off. Additionally, the whole thing will get more complicated as we move towards the end. Wait and see.

CHAPTER 3 – JUST CODES – A Broken Communication System

If we fully understand how inefficiently humans communicate with one another, we can use this knowledge against them.

To show you how important this is, during wars, one side will often target its opponent’s communication channels to isolate, divide and mislead. So, when hunting, understanding the intricacies of your prey’s communication is vital.

As you know, many of Earth’s animals communicate through sounds and gestures. Humans, however, use more complex sets of codes and symbols that seem efficient, which is the inaccurate perception we will explore.

Let’s first start with a weird metaphor that exaggerates the problem.

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Tell a human this story: Flags & smoke signals

Imagine an ancient sailing ship with a bank of oars, several cannons and hundreds of crew. To communicate with other vessels, the captain uses several flags to send coded messages (stating the country his ship comes from, its purpose, if it is a merchant or warship, etc.), which receivers then decipher using a codebook.

Or, picture villages that are miles apart communicating using smoke signals.

How does this apply to humans? And how can you use it against them?

Now, no human would expect recipients of the messages to understand all that is happening on the other end. How could they? And, humans know full well that using a set of codes, such as flags or smoke signals, to communicate would be extremely limiting. This is obvious. For some reason, though, humans struggle to understand that their everyday language, too, is inefficient; it is just a system of codes and symbols that are ripe for misinterpretation.

WORDS, FLAGS & SMOKE SIGNALS

ALL ARE JUST INEFFICIENT SETS OF CODES

Ask a human to speak a foreign language (that he knows quite well, but it is not his native tongue) to explain what’s going on within his head, and he will soon realise how cumbersome his words are for speaking his mind. It’s easy to see that he would feel limited in his capacity to express himself. And, he wouldn’t be at all surprised, either; after all, it’s not his first language! What humans don’t realise, though, is that even the words they grew up with are clumsy vehicles for self-expression — just a set of codes.

Language is merely a translation into words of the images inside a human’s head. However, because communicating in one’s ‘mother tongue’ feels natural, humans have a hard time accepting that words are vague facsimiles of what they want to express. Humans often think that they are explaining themselves completely because it feels natural — they are accustomed to the code.

Let’s be very clear. If a human states something simple, like “I want an apple,” obviously the other human will understand. What we are saying, though, is that the imagined apple could have a slightly different shape, colour and size to what the receiver understands. You see, apple is just a word representing a thought. The gaps between meaning and interpretation become bigger when humans discuss topics that are subjective, like hierarchy, power, money, relationships, expectations and success. It is the bigger gaps that we want to explore.

As if the inefficiency of human language isn’t enough, humans filter these codes and symbols depending on factors such as their past experiences, mood, insecurities and knowledge (but this is a topic for a later chapter). What matters for now is that misunderstandings can become much worse because, as you will see, in complex situations a code can have multiple meanings.

CONCLUSIONS (Chapter 3)

The codes humans use to communicate are highly inefficient, like old submarines that transmit Morse code to each other. Of course, one craft won’t be able to express everything that is happening inside its shell. So, in the same way, no human can express himself fully, even though they all like to think they can. So, when humans filter rough codes from other humans, it’s easy to understand why there is so much confusion on planet Earth.

For you, knowing this simple truth about the inefficiency of humans’ sets of codes is valuable. Wait and see. You can use it to your advantage in situations where misunderstandings take place, and even create misunderstanding for your benefit.

In the next chapter, we show how each animal creates its own reality. By exposing how humans perceive (and distort) the world around them, we will start to demonstrate how isolated within themselves they are and how their codes give away tips for how to manipulate them.

CHAPTER 4 – ALTERNATIVE REALITIES – Inside the Cabin (shorter version)

Let’s look at another example. And, yes, we’ll stick with the captain and ship examples — it’s essential that you have a solid and natural understanding of the separation between a human’s Captain (consciousness) and his Crew.

Tell a human this story: The Captain inside his Cabin

Again, imagine the ancient sailing ship described in the previous chapter. The captain, due to his importance and desire to avoid possible attacks, spends his days working in isolation inside his cabin.

Of course, the captain needs to know what’s happening on and around his ship — he’s in charge, after all — and, when necessary, he relies on messengers to keep him informed. And inform him they do; although, it’s important to understand the limitations of the messages they deliver.

So, here is the sequence: First the lookout sees something. Then, he explains his sighting to the messenger, who then explains to the captain. Simple. Now, consider this:

A lookout, perched high in the ship’s crow’s nest, spies an approaching vessel. Now, this lookout’s knowledge of ships is minimal — he’s young and has been a sailor for only a few weeks. Consequently, he can’t distinguish between an ancient frigate, caravel or galley — they all look the same to him.

If this young lookout knew more, he would probably notice features such as the number of sails, oars or cannons the ship has. But, to discern and describe those features, and the difference between the vessels, first requires a basic understanding of ships.

It’s not surprising that when the young lookout reports his sighting to a messenger below, he can’t explain the details very well — he hasn’t noticed them. The lookout makes ‘best guesses’ about the object he has seen based on what he knows and his past experiences.

When the messenger eventually reports news of the approaching ship to the captain, can you understand how compromised the message might be? In the same way, the description of the surroundings will also be compromised because the lookout will never be able to explain precisely the shape of the clouds, the waves, the wind. He will just state general weather conditions, without significant details, unless the captain really pushes him.

You see, the integrity of a message depends on what the lookout saw (or didn’t see) — the amount of information he can translate into words compared to the picture he sees — and his ability to explain his sighting to the messenger. And finally, how the messenger then explains it to the captain.

How does this apply to humans? And how can you use it against them?

What humans don’t realise is that when their central system (brain) receives information (from eyes and ears), like the lookout and messenger, it makes ‘best guesses’ about what the information means and what to send to their Captain.

As expected, not all best guesses or translations are the same. In fact, they are slightly different. So, what a human sees and notices is slightly different to the others around him. This is because what a human sees, hears or smells isn’t reality; instead, it is a hugely filtered best guess of what is real. Consequently, every human being’s interpretation of reality is different. It is interpreted and replayed inside his head, like a hallucination. This may all sound crazy, but you will get what we mean. You will also learn how different points of view change how you observe human behaviour.

Virtual Reality Googles

For example, if a human knows about fashion, he will notice subtle nuances between items of dress — the material, the thread — that others will not — ‘non-followers of fashion’ will literally see no differences between the clothes. Each human’s brain projects different images inside his head. The same applies to those knowledgeable in pretty much anything, like types of cars and houses. As weird as it sounds, images, sounds or tastes don’t reach the Captain as you might think. He literally sees (or hallucinates) a standard item of clothing without the details. If, however, you ask him to pay attention and check it out again while you explain the differences, details will emerge that he will swear were not there before. The same thing happens with new car designs; one human will see the latest trend in shape, and the other will be oblivious to it unless it is pointed out and explained. It is not just attention differences; every human’s Captain sees different images.

The same applies to taste. Take beer (or wine, or even tea) for example. Humans will each experience diverse sensations, depending on how much they know and care about beer. Just like the captain must train his lookout and messenger to differentiate types of ships, so they can provide more accurate information, humans also must undergo a lengthy training process to sharpen their sensitivity to develop the ability to differentiate between types of beer. So, as mentioned before, attention plays a significant role here, but it is not just that. The ability of humans to distinguish between types of beer, dresses or cars will vary between them, and if a human’s Lookout doesn’t translate accurately, he literally sees just a beer, or a dress or, like in the story above, a ship. His brain (Messenger) decodes the message in a standard, rudimentary way.

So, two humans in the same room seeing and tasting the same things actually have different experiences, depending on their knowledge, culture and past — as well as some other stuff. Each human lives in a different reality because their brain translates information from their senses differently. Of course, this feature doesn’t make much difference in simple situations, like two humans seeing the same apple. However, it gets interesting when things become complicated — and they always do. As you will see in Part II, these differences can expand in unbelievable ways, and you can use them while in pursuit of your prey.

A human hears a song in an unfamiliar language. If he learns the lyrics, next time he listens, the music will affect him differently. The first time will be a blur; second time around, though, the human will listen to the words — the music will seem different. It is like a musician who hears songs differently to non-musical humans. In his mind, he can clearly separate the sound of each instrument or notice mistakes made by performers. So, a musician and a non-musician will hear different music. It is not just attention, but their brains translate the music differently. In effect, what they are listening to is different.

Note: The idea is not (or should not be) new to humans. Take touch for example: Humans are well aware that those who are blind can usually detect tactile information faster and in more detail than seeing humans because the brain of a blind human is better trained to collect information from touch. However, very few humans realise that the same beer he and his allies drink together tastes different to each of them.

A trained eye matters:

Interestingly, how well-trained a human’s brain is at seeing something alters how they see it.

Here’s a simple example: Humans from one part of the world generally struggle to differentiate between humans from another. To illustrate this point, humans from a place on Earth called Europe may be unable to distinguish between two dark-haired humans from Asia (another place on Earth) who generally feature facial characteristics unique to Asians. Of course, there are exceptions. But, let’s say that, in general, a brain from Europe is likely to be less adept at noticing details in an Asian face than a brain raised in Asia. And, it works both ways: Many Asians find it tough differentiating between two blonde-haired Europeans. Of course, this example is also valid in many other parts of the world and situations.

Remember, every day a human is exposed to an avalanche of information, and only a fraction will reach his awareness (the Captain). This is because his ‘capable’ Messenger has the Captain all figured out and removes what he thinks is irrelevant. Believe it or not, humans don’t realise that this filtering takes place, which is unfortunate for them and lucky for you. They are like a naive ship’s captain who believes that the lookout and the messenger are telling him everything (every detail) that is happening around the ship.

TAKEAWAYS FROM THIS CHAPTER

Everything happens inside out, like an in-built projector. If you understand the difference between seeing and projecting the stuff around you, you should find this book, and humans, easy to understand.

The misunderstandings about reality that we have mentioned seem small, but, as you will see, they add up.

CHAPTER 5 – THE ISOLATED CAPTAIN – First tips (shorter version)

The first practical application

REPETITION

With the Captain-in-the-cabin mindset, it is easy to understand why humans are usually condemned, fated — cursed — to repeat the same mistakes endlessly.

When you begin observing and hunting humans, you will notice that they often face the same problems time and time again. If a human has an angry boss, he will quit his job and find another angry boss. If colleagues bully him, he will be bullied wherever he works. The same dysfunctional pattern of behaviour also occurs with humans who are often let down by friends or move from one ‘batshit crazy’ partner to another. Jealous humans, too, always seem to find something to be envious of. The same applies to paranoid humans or those who continually get into arguments and can’t explain why.

What makes humans so dysfunctional?

From what we have presented until now, a human’s filtered reality (his ability to notice certain things and his selective attention) is a culprit.

First – Alternative Reality: Every individual human being will tend to pay attention to things — objects and situations — that others may not be aware of or care about. Also, based on each human’s background and experience, they can notice different things and details while in the same situation. So, as previously said, humans see reality differently. Remember, reality is complex, so there is always something happening around humans that allow them to reach the conclusions that they desire. No matter what the situation, humans can always find some reason to be anxious, paranoid or jealous, etc. The world really is unique for each of these creatures. Dare we say, humans see what they look for and understanding this fact will help you recognise the problems they face.

There are two other reasons for the problems humans grapple with. Let’s look at them now.

Secondly – Desire: Each human has a pattern of desire, so he is attracted to and finds pleasure in the same things. Without noticing, humans usually chase the same type of humans over and over again. So, it’s often their desire — what they chase — that creates the reoccurring problems humans complain about. It is like a human with a partner that ignores him. He always complains about being “invisible”, but it’s an inattentive partner he chased in the first place. In this case, should the partner begin paying him more attention, the human will lose interest and start looking for a new, less attentive mate. And, the problem continues.

Thirdly – Behaviour: Without noticing, humans also create problems by the way they behave. For example, some highly competitive humans take an aggressive approach to others. Consequently, they appear confrontational, even when they don’t mean to be. Why? Well, it’s their belligerent body language, pronunciation of words and several other signals they can’t help but project. Then, from time to time, they meet others who act the same, and, naturally, these aggressive humans end up in conflict. Many have no idea that they are part of the problem, that they created the fight, and so they blame their opponent.

Strangely, for the cases above, these patterns are habitual, and humans don’t notice the cause. For human beings, life is a mystery. They are like creatures with shit on their foreheads that don’t understand why flies follow them, no matter how many they swat away. Humans can’t comprehend that, most often, they are the architect of their problems. And, like we said, the same happens with humans who are anxious, jealous or paranoid.

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PART II – DIGGING DEEPER INTO YOUR PREY’S REALITY (1/2)