Posted by: Dahni | May 20, 2009

Ripped Off

   Face it and fess up, we’ve all been ripped off from time to time. Maybe somewhere it’s happening to someone as these words are being written. If it was easy to detect deception, it is doubtful that any of us would ever be deceived.

   I recently heard a radio broadcast with this very subject being discussed and I thought I would pass along these tips which could help prevent us from being ripped off in the future.

  “There’s a sucker born every minute” is a line often credited to P.T. Barnum (1810 – 1891), an American showman, although this is questionable. The words combined are generally taken to mean that there are (and always will be), a lot of gullible people in the world.

   Many of us are not ‘suckers,’ gullible or stupid, but can still be taken in by a masterful con. Still there must be some basic elements which must exist in order for us to get ripped off. Though we are each different, we are also very similar in many ways. Those seeking to take advantage of others understand these facts and use our similar natures against us.

   Once we take the bait, we get hooked. Another way to think of this is by another all too familar phrase. We never see it coming and then, BAM, we get…

SuckerPunched

   How did, how does this happen and more importantly, HOW can we either prevent or reduce the number of times this happens to us?

   Others seek to exploit us by using our similar natures against us. Though there may exist more than what follows here, these are some principle causes for our getting ripped off or sucker punched.

Exploitation

1.   Greed – “You can be rich in thirty days! Just send us $69.95 TODAY and you are on your way!”

2.   Ego – “We love your stuff and want to publish your art/writing/poetry etc. and surely you want to show all your friends/family and associates! Just send us $69.95 TODAY for each book.”

3.   Dreams – “Live the good life, NOW! Just send us $69.95 TODAY and start living your Dreams right NOW!”

   The ancient Greek philosopher Plato said,

“Know thyself”

   We need to constantly be on guard to protect our emotions from overtaking our reason and end up getting ripped off and sucker punched. We need to recognise how these cons work and our proclivity or leaning towards being taken in by our own, greed, ego and dreams.

   There is nothing wrong with the desire for wealth, to have our ego stroked or the pursuit of and fulfillment of our individual dreams. But when something sounds too good to be true, it generally is a lie and when we think we can have it all and right now, we usually have already been taken in, ripped off and without seeing it coming, we get sucker punched.

   Pause, take a breath, “know thyself,” think about the proposal and ask yourself, am I being motivated by my emotions or my reason?

Just I-Magine,

Dahni


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