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Mind Control: How to Win the War in Your Head: Owen Fitzpatrick (Transcript)

Owen Fitzpatrick at TEDxTallaght

Full text of psychologist Owen Fitzpatrick’s talk on Mind Control: How to Win the War in Your Head at TEDxTallaght conference.

Notable quote from this talk:

“When you’re depressed you don’t think negatively. When you’re depressed you believe negatively.”

Listen to the MP3 Audio here:

TRANSCRIPT:

I’ll start to explain it. I’ll try chronologically. My heart was in pain; the abuse psychological.

The story I’m told is that I’m just the worst, I’m 14 years old. It’s subtle at first. Things just seem so dire, you know. The bully he’s scaring me. I can’t trust him that liar. I’m fully aware that he says I’m a reject and I know that it’s true. Says I can’t be accepted whatever I do; I’ll suffer lost and alone till the day that I die.

“And at what cost,” he says, “Owen! Maybe you should try to write a suicide note — say ‘Goodbye’ and just go!” My mind tells me I want to but I just don’t know!

24 years later he’s still around. Plenty more tears later and he still makes a sound.

So this is my theory of what happens in our heads. ‘Inner propaganda’ determines how we’re led. We influence ourselves in the very same way as we’re influenced by others every single day. If we can stop propaganda from being able to work, we can also stop listening to this inner jerk.

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