Subliminal Hacking
The Art and Science of Social Engineering


January 14, 2015

Quick Post – Keeping an Open Mind … Take the Good, ditch the Bad

Throughout our personal and professional lives regardless of your background or industry you work in you are constantly exposed to various stimuli, if you let it everyday really is a school day. I thought I would write this quick post today as with all thats happening in the world, and all the various forms of chatter on the Internet it really strikes me how close minded we are as a species (generally speaking).

Carl Sagan is quoted as saying “It pays to keep an open mind, but not so open that your brains fall out”, and Henri Bergson said “The eyes only see, what the mind is prepared to comprehend”. Both of these quotes can be inspirational to us in taking a mindset approach rather than a set mind, however putting this approach to use in our daily world is often a challenge.

I don’t mean this in a specifically Social Engineering concept, although I often here other social engineers saying what is and isn’t possible, based on either geographical location, or experience to date from a concepts and techniques perspective. Instead I would urge everyone to take an more open minded perspective to all the challenges that confront us on a daily basis. In my experience this leads to learning new things, exposure to new experiences and perhaps surprisingly a reduction in anger, frustration and the occasional feeling of helplessness.

Try it today, and like anything the more you do it the more comfortable you will feel.

Consider other peoples perspective and reserve judgement and make an informed analysis, even if you think you are 100% correct give consideration for the possibility new information means you are not.

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    About the Author

    Dale Pearson
    has worked in IT since 1998, Infosec since 2004, and studied and performed hypnosis, mentalism etc since 2009. Dale is a full time Red Teamer with a love of social engineering and qualified hypnotherapist. He spends a great deal of time researching the various skills and techniques that make up the art and science of Social Engineering.


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