I think everyone interested in self improvement has asked “Does this subliminal stuff really work?”
This article is a collection of subliminal results proof that supports using subliminal messages to help you change your subconscious programming and achieve your dreams.
Here is a list of the proof supporting real subliminal results:
- Stores reduce shoplifting with subliminal messages (Time Magazine 1979).
- Employee theft is reduced with subliminals (Time Magazine 1979).
- Subliminal messages influence behavior (Dixon, Norman. Preconscious Processing. John Wiley & Sons Australia, Limited, 1981).
- Subliminal Messages Enhanced Smoking Cessation Results (Silverman, Loyd. A Comprehensive Report of Studies Using the Subliminal Psychodynamic Activation Method. University Press, 1980).
- Subliminal Messages Improve Academic Performance (Journal of Counseling Psychology, Volume 29, 1982).
- Medical Clinic Uses Subliminal Recordings Successfully (Congressional Subcommittee, August 6, 1984).
- Subliminal Messages Result In Dramatic Weight Loss (Silverman, Martin, Ungaro and Mendelsohn (1978)).
- Proof That Mind Absorbs Subliminal Information (Congressional Subcommittee, August 6, 1984).
- Excerpts from Scientific American Article (Victoria Stern on September 1, 2015).
Like many areas of study involving the human mind, there is some controversy about the evidence for subliminal message effectiveness. That’s because you can’t see directly into the mind to test or confirm what is happening.
A good part of variations in opinions may be that results can depend on the attitude and determination of each individual. A person with a poor attitude who is inclined to quit easily, is likely to fail.
On the other hand, if you have a positive attitude and never quit, you can have massive success inspite of obstacles. Even though you might begin at some emotional disadvantage because of negative subconscious programming, you overcome your problems because you refuse to quit trying.
The subliminal results proof here shows that it’s possible to reprogram your subconscious to be successful and happy.
Stores Reduce Shoplifting and Employee Theft
A 1979 Time Magazine Article titled, “Secret Voices”, disclosed that nearly 50 department stores in Canada and the US embedded subliminal messages in music to reduce employee theft and shoplifting. The practice resulted in a reduction of theft by as much as 37%.
Another story in the WALL STREET JOURNAL in 1980 reported that a subliminal message system in a New Orleans supermarket produced a drop in pilferage loss from almost $9,000 per month to less than $2,150 per month, an all time low. Cashier shortfalls fell from $125 a week to less than $10 a week. The most effective subliminal messages were:
- I take pride in being honest.
- I will not steal.
- I am honest.
Reference: Behavior: Secret Voices. (2020). Retrieved 26 May 2020, from http://content.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,920625,00.html
Subliminal Messages Influence Behavior
In his scholarly book titled Preconscious Processing, Dr. Norman Dixon, a psychologist at University College in London, England, sums up 748 research studies on subliminal perception.
Dixon’s influential work includes a research study by Zuckerman (1960), that confirmed that a subliminal stimulus can bypass conscious intent, making it unlikely for a person to resist unconscious instructions. Zuckerman had his subjects write stories around thematic test cards.
Subliminal messages were superimposed on the ambiguous pictures. The subliminal messages were, “Write More” or “Don’t Write.” When the instructions remained subliminal, these messages had the desired effect.
However, as soon as the messages reached conscious awareness (no longer subliminal) they had no consistent effect.
Subliminal Messages Enhanced Smoking Cessation
For 20 years, Dr. Lloyd H. Silverman, a psychologist at New York University, has been at the cutting edge of subliminal testing. His research, with over 40 groups of participants, showcased real improvements in behavior after exposing subjects to selected subliminal Messages.
In a 1980 study, Silverman used a subliminal message as part of treatment for half of a group of smokers who were trying to quit smoking using behavior modification therapy. One month after treatment was completed, 66% of the group exposed to the subliminal stimulus were still non-smokers. At the same time, only 13% of the control group remained non-smokers.
Silverman also observed positive effects for subliminal messages in assertiveness training classes, adolescents getting psychotherapy, young adults in group therapy, alcoholics participating in Alcoholics Anonymous Counseling and in people receiving behavior modification for Insect phobias and overeating.
Subliminal Messages Improve Academic Performance
The Journal of Counseling Psychology, Volume 29, 1982, details a study by Dr. Kenneth Parker, a psychologist at Queens College in New York. Dr. Parker’s research project was designed to see if subliminal messages can improve academic Performance.
Sixty students were divided into three groups. Each of the three groups received a different visual subliminal message made up of a single sentence. Two groups received messages to enhance academic performance; the third control group got a neutral message.
The two groups that received positive messages to enhance academic performance achieved significantly higher grades than the control group that got a neutral message.
Also, the two groups receiving real subliminal messages to enhance performance retained the learned material better than the third control group that got a neutral message.
Another subliminal researcher, K.A. Parker, published positive results in the Journal of Counseling Psychology, 1982. College students were enrolled in a law course for 6 weeks. They received normal course instruction and subliminal stimulation before 3 out of 5 lectures each week. They also got subliminal messages before and after a 10-minute counseling session with the experimenter.
The results showed that groups who were exposed to subliminal messages earned significantly higher grades than the control group.
More Academic Results
Israeli Researchers Ariam and Siller published positive results of subliminal trials in the Journal of Abnormal Psychology. In their trials, 10th grade students were given subliminal messages in Hebrew saying: “Mommy and I are one”, “My teacher and I are one” and “People are walking in the street” (a neutral message). The Students got the messages four times per week for 6 weeks.
At the end, the students who got the subliminal statement “Mommy and I are one” scored higher in math testing than the other groups.
The psychologists argued that subliminal messages like “Mommy and I are one” boosted the students self esteem and helped them learn. In fact, when they tested the messages on students at the conscious level, there was no positive effect.
This suggests that subliminal messages worked when messages students heard and had conscious awareness of did’t.
Clinic Uses Subliminal Recordings Successfully
In 1951, Dr. Hal Becker, a behavioral scientist who was previously part of the Tulane University Medical Staff, began studying subliminal phenomena. Dr. Becker has published dozens of research articles that demonstrate the effectiveness of subliminal stimuli.
One of Dr. Becker’s projects used subliminal stress reduction messages added to the sound system at the McDonagh Medical Center in Kansas City, Missouri. A seven-month experiment produced dramatic results:
- Fainting from needle pain dropped to nearly zero.
- Smoking in the staff lounge dropped by as much as 79%.
- Anger flare-ups in the packed patient waiting area fell by nearly 60%.
When the subliminal messages were removed, the problems rose back up to original levels.
Subliminal Messages Result In Dramatic Weight Loss
Dr. Hal Becker’s research has also shown that the use of subliminal messages can influence weight-loss with amazing results. At a weight-loss clinic in Metairie, Louisiana, Dr. Becker exposed patients to video and audio subliminal messages as part of a behavior-modification diet plan.
In a follow-up of those same patents, Becker found that 50% of them kept at least half their weight loss for up to two years after leaving the subliminal program. At the same time, 23% of the patients kept 75% to 100% of their loss. This is much better results than diet programs not using subliminal messages.
Another subliminal based weight-loss study included two trials conducted by Silverman, Martin, Ungaro and Mendelsohn (1978) with two groups of overweight women.
In addition to traditional diet therapy, half of the subjects received real subliminal affirmations in addition to traditional diet therapy and half received neutral subliminal messages. In both trials, the halves receiving the real subliminal messages lost more weight than the halves who got a neutral message. Women who received subliminal affirmations kept losing even more weight after the experiment was over.
Proof That Mind Absorbs Subliminal Information
In another of Dr. Becker’s controlled experiments using subliminal stimuli, separate groups were asked to guess a three-digit number. One group was exposed beforehand to the number subliminally embedded in a hissing sound referred to as pink noise.
In three separate experiments, an average of 77% of those exposed to the subliminal numbers beforehand guessed correctly. In comparison, only 10% of those in the control group who weren’t exposed to subliminal numbers guessed correctly.
This confirms that subliminal messages are perceived at a nonconscious level.
Excerpts from Scientific American Article
A Scientific American article by Victoria Stern on September 1, 2015 summarizes a rise, fall and rise again of subliminal messaging. Here is a summary of the more recent history demonstrating that subliminal messaging has real effects.
Early 2000s: Research continued to indicate that subliminal messages influence perceptions. However, the effects are just subtler than we thought.
2006: Studies have demonstrated that subliminal messages in advertising may work in certain situations. For instance, a 2006 study found that when participants were flashed an image of a particular brand of beverage, they were more likely to choose that beverage brand to quench their thirst. This only worked when participants were already thirsty. Another study showed that hiding images related to thirst in an episode of The Simpsons actually made people more thirsty.
2007: Subliminal messages enhanced academic performance. In a 2007 study, researchers flashed hidden words for students. The flashed words were related or unrelated to intelligence like “talent” and “grass,” respectively, just before administering a practice exam. Those students who saw the intelligence words (like “talent”) performed better on a midterm one to four days later.
2010–2015: Imaging studies have demonstrated that our brain reacts to subliminal messages in measurable ways. Activity levels change in the amygdala (processes emotions), the insula (involving conscious awareness), the hippocampus (memory processing) and the visual cortex.
Conclusion to Subliminal Results Proof
There is a wide range of evidence showing that subliminal messages have a definite effect on the mind. Many people have had success using subliminal messages to overcome self-doubts, negative and destructive thought patterns, and poor habits.
If you adopt a commitment to persevere and consistently apply subliminal technologies along with proper goal planning you can achieve success and happiness as well as anyone else.
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