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Dumbing Yourself Down?

Updated on February 9, 2013

Dumb Yourself Down?

One of the most harmful things that you can do to yourself is to dumb yourself down. There are any number of twists and turns in the road between birth and death and many traps you can fall into along your journey. In your dumbing yourself down you fall into a trap full of others who have also invested a good deal of their life force dumbing themselves down.

Escape The Crab Trap
Escape The Crab Trap

The trap of dumbing yourself down works on the exact same principle as a crab trap. If there is only one crab in the trap it can easily escape. If there is more than one crab in the trap they will not allow each other to escape. Instead the crabs will set about pulling each other back down into the crab trap. When you and others dumb yourselves down the results are exactly the same. No one escapes when we busy ourselves keeping each other in the same trap.

You Are Unique.  There Is Nobody Else Exactly Like YOU
You Are Unique. There Is Nobody Else Exactly Like YOU

In order to dumb yourself down you have to totally deny your own innate intelligence, your own game; your own value; your own accurate perceptions; your own dreams and goals; your own accomplishments; your responsibilities to self and others; your own correct actions; your own moods and your own sequence of what is important; and you have to actively seek to dumb others down as well.

Quit Horsing Around
Quit Horsing Around

Why do you dumb yourself and others down? The simple answer, the justification, is that we do it in an attempt to fit in, to fulfill the a sense of belonging to a group or a family. The truth of the matter is that the stupider an individual or a group is the easier they are to control.

How do you dumb yourself and others down? In order to control an individual or a group you have to control the individual and group intelligence. You have to withhold vital information, you have to withhold the fundamentals necessary to the living of an effective and productive life. You have to keep your own attention and the attention of others fixated on unsolvable problems; fixed ideas and false beliefs; make unfulfilled promises; and take ineffective actions or no action. You have to be in the wrong place at the wrong time with the wrong people.


You Were Born To Be Different
You Were Born To Be Different

In your dumbing yourself down you have plenty of assistance, it is not something that you would do naturally. You were born wanting to learn, to grow and to explore yourself and the world in which you live. You were not taught workable and crucial life skills nor was the vital knowledge necessary to living a successful and productive life made readily available to you. You were not encouraged to be yourself or know yourself and even if you were within your family unit the minute you stepped out into the larger world you were quickly discouraged from standing out in any way. Even though you were required in school to respond to roll call with a here or present you were not taught how to be here and present. You were not taught how to focus your energy and to keep it focused on that which you wished to focus on and flow your energy to. Rather you it was demanded that you focus your energy and flow it to matters that another or others deemed to be 'best' for you.

You were not taught how to handle people; how to communicate effectively; how to study; or how to be productive, independent, and the effective management of finances. There were no courses given on how to get into and stay in a happy, productive relationship with an other or others and nothing to prepare you for operating as a member of a prosperous, friendly, productive and happy team of like spirited others. If by some chance you had a natural ability to effectively operating in an area or areas of life you were often made less of or nothing of.

When You Give Away Your Power Everybody Loses
When You Give Away Your Power Everybody Loses

In order to keep yourself in the required dumbed down state you have to continually dumb yourself down in any area where your light might shine a little brighter than those around you. Pretty soon school becomes a drag, teachers are a drag, people are a drag then work is a drag and you are a drag and your life is a drag.

It is a simple thing to dumb yourself and others down. It can be done by applying one or more of the following steps:

  • You do not do what needs doing.
  • You make the unimportant things and people in your life very important and the important things and people in your life unimportant
  • You have a covert, destructive intention, agenda or goal that you keep well hidden in your manipulations of others
  • You use silence, whining and complaining and emotional blackmail

When you look, really look at how much energy and effort it takes to dumb yourself down and hold yourself back from being your best you and living your best life you have little choice but to recognize that you, those you hold dear and the world in general would greatly benefit from your escape from the crab trap. It is a cold and lonely world without YOU in it and without the grace of your light shining on it.



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      ravb 

      3 years ago

      This is exactly me...word to word! How can you help?

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      FreewillNinja 

      5 years ago

      I think it depends upon what the reason for dumbing ones self down is and the method used. Limiting ones own conscious processing power in order to conform is a tragedy, but the idea of a temporary handicap can be enticing due to the challenge and potential growth it provides.

      I've also found that the rewards ascertained from implementing a mental handicap through the use of a temporarily external influence can be much greater than a simple increase in ability after removing the handicap, and that some of the best discoveries can actually be found by consciously exploring a perceivably "dumbed down" state of mind, without losing sight of purpose of course.

      Dumbing ones self down could be seen as a "sacrifice" by anyone who values observed intelligence, but it can also help one to increase their appreciation of discoveries, to overcome self-defeating doubt and encourages one to simplify their discoveries out of necessity/laziness :P.

      That said, there's a time for discovery and simplification, and a time for implementation and expansion, so long as one is doing what feels right for them at the time, and not what they feel they have to do to fit in with the expectations of others.

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      raisingme 

      6 years ago from Fraser Valley, British Columbia

      It's a process Richard, we don't get into a dumbed down state overnight and we don't wake up overnight either - be gentle with yourself and remember to acknowledge your wins! Write them up even.

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      Richard Brigg 

      6 years ago

      wow this has helped me so much . thank you. i have been surrounding myself with the wrong type of people for years and have had a habit of sabotaging my own success and couldn't work out why i do it. i now understand that I have been scared to step out of my comfort zone - there is temporary comfort in blending in with the crowd; i am not going to spend another day of my life indulging that temporary comfort zone.

      thank you. Richard Brigg West Yorkshire UK

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      Phil 

      6 years ago

      Thank you.

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      Fran 

      8 years ago

      woow, really makes me think. I was falling into this trap, but you made me recognize it... I want to stop too, and I also think you cyn help me :)

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      raisingme 

      8 years ago from Fraser Valley, British Columbia

      Great. Then let us, as my son would say - "Give 'er"

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      Laurel Rogers 

      8 years ago from Bishop, Ca

      Absolutely! :)

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      raisingme 

      8 years ago from Fraser Valley, British Columbia

      Ouch, I've done that one and it's sister, dumb myself down so someone else won't put me on a pedestal or so they won't feel dumb. It really is time to upgrade our games doncha think? You in?

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      Laurel Rogers 

      8 years ago from Bishop, Ca

      You got me again, raisingme! This hub brings up a very familiar scenario in my head and it drives me mad! Actually, my 'mo' is to dumb myself down in deference to those I put on pedestals...JEEZE.

      Thanks for writing such a perceptive piece.

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      raisingme 

      8 years ago from Fraser Valley, British Columbia

      Most welcome. Life is a lot more fun played on the outside of the trap for sure!

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      getitrite 

      8 years ago

      Thanks for reminding me of this trap that I sometimes find myself falling into.

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      raisingme 

      8 years ago from Fraser Valley, British Columbia

      You are welcome Merlin - I wrote this hub to save myself from going into one of those hypnotic trances produced when one 'connects' to the collective mind rather than to higher consciousness.

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      Merlin Fraser 

      8 years ago from Cotswold Hills

      Dumbing down is the simple art of making those around you happy with a lot less while paying the same or even more than they did before.

      In the UK Sky TV are past masters of the art wall to wall repeats and we pay them a monthly subscription as well as putting up with crappy adverts... That's pretty dumb.

      It's a well known fact of life that humans will always sink to the lowest common denominator and surprise surprise look where we are ?

      Dumb and getting dumber all the time.

      Thanks for the wake up call.

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      raisingme 

      8 years ago from Fraser Valley, British Columbia

      suny, I am glad this hub has set you to looking. And Joy56, what I do is assist others to discover and connect with how brilliant they actually are. So yes, I could help, feel free to contact me if you like. Thanks for the boost.

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      Joy56 

      8 years ago

      i do this but am trying to stop, and gain control of my life, something tells me you could help. Great hub rated up

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      suny 

      8 years ago

      makes to think,thanks

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