Mind Your Mind

Are we really in control of our own thoughts?

Mind Your Mind In the past, governing powers used obvious methods to gain control: weapons, blatant propaganda, brute force. Now we feel free to make our own choices about what we believe and how we choose to live our lives. But we are not as free as we think Neurologists and psychologists have discovered how vulnerable our minds are to manipulation and suggestion, and how easily our own psyche can be taken out of our control. The future of our free will is under serious threat.

This documentary is a primer for psychological independence, teaching us to process more than our minds are comfortable with. From the glamorous, sex-obsessed world of advertising to the vacuous speeches of leading politicians, our responses are being silently but surely manipulated. Images of nude women appear hidden in Coca Cola adverts. Television channels flash up messages from their sponsors too fast for our conscious mind to catch. Lawyers twist the ambiguities of language to distract us and force us into a more suggestible mental state.

Our minds are constantly missing the obvious: "we don't perceive what's there, we change what we perceive, and we perceive what's not there." Though subliminal messaging is illegal in most countries, it is still used more often than we may ever know.

Neuro-linguistic programming can help us to protect ourselves against the manipulative forces that control consumers, pulling these forces apart so that we can see how they work. After all, as terrifying as this new neurological information is, "we are bound by it only to the degree of our ignorance to it". If we can open our eyes to the techniques used to control us, we can move these processes from our unconscious to our conscious mind. This film reminds us that "in this game, our only enemies are ignorance and complacence", and provides us with the psychological tools to fight them.


Laurel Official Selection - London International Documentary Festival

The Producers

Jason Brett Serle is a writer, composer and independent filmmaker. His book Kissing AchillesÂ’ Heel is a collection of short pieces challenging our assumptions about the nature of existence; it was published in 2007. Mind your Mind is his first documentary.

Making The Film

In Mind your Mind Jason travels from the mall to the mountains to discover the truth about whether we can really determine our own choices and behaviour. He teaches us how to fight our instincts and pay full attention to the world around us, and simplifies complex neurological theories with the help of his young son.

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