When you think of a meme, what comes to mind? For me, its a picture with a funny caption or even a relatable topic. They’re mostly used in a lighthearted fashion, but can also be used to demean others or even ridicule a situation. There are many levels to which a meme may affect social standards and morality, which only proves their effect
Memes are able to influence the emotions and the mind, in turn reinforcing a pattern of belief, or a person’s perspective in their immediate reality. They are essentially modern day rituals which can be used to the benefit or detriment of someone’s psyche.
But good news! They are capable of inspiring growth, action, happiness, joy, and any other positive emotions
Before I get into that, I’ll present how memes are able to influence a person on a subconscious level, if they’re not aware of the power it holds!
So let’s begin
Confirmation Or Affirmation?
Seeing a meme on your timeline via Instagram, Facebook, etc.–are they comedic, or do they touch on topics that may relate to you? Nothing wrong with enjoying both! I prefer a good mix, but mostly towards the humorous kind. Laughter being the best medicine still stands true, and is a powerful way to lighten up your day
The flipside to meme culture is its capability to influence the mind negatively, whether that’s through controversial topics or unique situations that others have experienced. More so along the lines of anxiety, bad relationship experiences, depression and so on
I’m not saying that these situations aren’t a part of life, but if that’s all you’re seeing on your timeline, then you’re indirectly (but directly) influencing the subconscious
Affirmations work in a similar fashion in that repetition– and emotion invoked together–produces a psychological change. That change in your subconscious then begins to shift your reality to the commands you’re giving it
How does this relate to meme’s? Repetition! Seeing a plethora of meme’s that touch on a personal issue you’re dealing (or have dealt with) over and over, tends to bring your mind back to that situation
The subconscious mind doesn’t differentiate between past and present, so psychologically, you’d be reliving that traumatic experience whether you know it or not. And as the Law of Mentalism is put into effect, the universe will be sure to shift and attract a reality where that’s all you’ll experience
But not everyone is knowledgeable of how their mind works, so they easily fall into traps that they unintentionally put themselves in
Memes are just one potential problem. Negative thinking, herd mentality, and acting on the same habits expecting a different outcome, are just a few ways people get stuck in their cycles of trauma
And unfortunately, most people stuck in their ways don’t always find the path out. There’s more focus on the problem rather than the solution. And if the problem is all you focus on, you reap what you sew
What’s Seen Can Become Belief
Building off my previous points, the repetition of “trauma memes” can influence your mind on an unconscious level. You may find yourself having negative thoughts throughout your day, scroll on your timeline, and see a meme that aligns with that low vibrational thought you had–adding more fuel to the mental bonfire
Another quality meme’s have is its picture element. A quote, followed by a visual, creates a mental image that your subconscious adds to its never ending database
Basically the image(s) you see become implanted in the mind, good or bad. A picture/symbol can be worth 1,000 words, and with negative imagery, those thousand words run through your psyche
In the image I used above, ask yourself what thoughts ran through your mind. That first impression you get is the signal that’s sent to your subconscious, and with the image being motivational–my guess is that it improved your mood a bit. If not, can’t blame me for trying!
Memes aren’t bad in itself, it just has the potential to form habitual thinking. Say you’re scrolling through your timeline and see more positive and motivational quotes. That’s a good way to reprogram your mind into affirming positive thoughts and promoting positive action. Pretty easy way to flip the script right?
Of course social media isn’t just memes and quotes, the people you follow can influence you as well, so be mindful of who is on your timeline. They may be dragging you along with them on the trauma train!
I’m not in the business of telling people what to do, and I will never share information that would hint at it–if I did then it’s unintentional
However, I am quite perceptive at what people post on a regular basis and what they talk about on a habitual level. Not to say that isn’t their right, but if you’re constantly complaining about a situation online and aren’t sharing any solutions, then it’s a recipe for limitation
Don’t take any of what I said as an attack, look at it as an observation. Observe yourself and see if you’re doing things that’s aiding your setbacks, then make that change towards a solution. Because everyone you follow sees your posts as well, and can be influenced
So though it may seem like a personal issue, the masses can be affected equally as well
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As always thank you for reading!