Monday, January 14, 2008

"Psychological Warfare (Part 1)"

Well Happy Fucking New Year. Now that we got that out of the way, let’s move on to some business. How about for 2008 we throw out all of those half hearted New Year’s resolutions that we all make and start to focus on some real ones. How does making money sound? Or better yet--getting the best of your opponents in gambling, work, and in life. I don’t intend to have you do this by cheating, stacking the odds in your favor, or any other easy way out. I intend to have you do this by showing you the art of what I call psychological warfare.

I can attribute psychological warfare to much of the success in my life. It’s not something that I was ever taught, which is why I want to share with you this very successful and rewarding tactic. Over the years I’ve learned that most people in a given trade--whether it’s distressed debt trading or playing cards—all have a similar skill set. They can all compute numbers quickly in their heads, they all have people skills, and they certainly all know about greed and money. However, there is one trait that separates the men from the boys, and that’s the ability to manipulate a situation and fuck with the heads of those going against you. This, my friends, is the skill of psychological warfare.

Have you ever sat at a poker table and absolutely despised the player sitting across from you? Has a co-worker ever made you want to put their face through a paper shredder? Did your anger towards that person affect the decisions you made? Let’s be honest, it’s happened to all of us before. The moment that you let these people get to you is the moment that you become the fool. Don’t let that happen to you.

So, how do you employ psychological warfare? Well first of all, you have to want to be deviant. If you feel bad distorting someone else’s perception of reality, then you should probably stop reading this blog and visit All psychological warfare starts out with an action that makes the other person think twice about it. If you can get the “enemy” to think twice, that’s your window into the weak side of their thinking. It buys you time, and it certainly gives you an edge. The first stage of psychological warfare doesn’t’ have to be malicious. It can be friendly, and done with a smile. The first stage can go something like this:

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