- Paperback: 412 pages
- Publisher: Evergreen Press (February 14, 2017)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0692819908
- ISBN-13: 978-0692819906
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.9 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 82 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #52,446 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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I have not finished the book yet, but the content is pretty cool. The Table of Contents looks at first glance; however, he does not go into depth on a lot of these topics, at least as far as I have gotten. My impression was that the book would be organized in an easy-to-comprehend way, making it clear how each subheading related to its main chapter title. But, again, it is a how-to manual. Its purpose is more to tell me that these things exist and show me how to use them, not to tell me why each technique works.
The other thing that definitely hurts the book is that it is not written well. When I find a book like this that promises "absolute control", I am immediately skeptical. Does that attract me to it? Yes. But am I aware that that is a sales technique? Yes. So I always check out the sample before purchasing it, and I specifically look for grammatical errors and such that would take away from the author's credibility. In this sample, there were almost no errors, which overall created a good image(it also helped to look up the author and do research in that way). But now further into the book, I am running into errors more frequently than I would like, which overall rekindles my initial skepticism. It does not help that the language he uses is very repetitive and urges the reader to continue. He likes to say things like "it will open doors" very often throughout the book. In fact, a lot of the writing is him telling us that the technique we just learned is even more powerful when combined with the ones that follow, that the book will give the reader the tools to engineer any behavior(he's still saying this in the middle of the book, even though it is really a summary/introduction statement), and that different things are extremely important to master. He also says things like "as you progress in your training". If I remember correctly, this is a double-bind statement that suggests something will definitely happen, making you more likely to do it, in this case, to turn the pages. Sneaky.
But, is this book good for its purpose, to learn how to use knowledge of behavior in your interactions? My answer is yes, which is why I gave it 4 stars. I have memorized every last one of the behaviors from the author's Behavioral Table of Elements(online) and am in the stage of identifying them in people. This is actually going pretty well. I have noticed more of the body language indicators that I previously didn't know existed, which is a sign of progress for me. Once I train my eye to notice behavior like that, I can begin to practice applying my knowledge of what that tells me about the subject. So it is honestly a long process. You need to be patient and practice. You cannot rush yourself through and hope to pick up on small things. Wait until you master one thing to move on to the next. Overall, good book.
However, the quality of the printing is sub-par for the price. Most notably, the tables and graphs look like they’ve been Xeroxed twice and then added to the book. I expected better quality printing for ~$30. The cover design is definitely on point and the binding is alright. (Minus one star)
Other than that, I feel like the content is pretty great. This is a dense book and I should definitely start a journal (as recommended). The table of elements is intense, overwhelming, but an effective organizational methodology so far. While the content isn’t entirely new to me, there is enough new material and a tremendous synthesis of other available material that makes this a convenient and valuable addition to my library.
What The Ellipsis Manual has done is laid out a TESTED model of how to make a Manchurian Candidate. I can confirmed this process has been TESTED on at least 3 dozen subjects. These tests include the building of alter personalities complete with their own identity and hidden behind an "amnesia wall".
This potentially means hypnotic sleeper agents (Jason Bourne types) are alive and walking among us.
Having studied hypnosis for nearly 20 years, the words "amazing", "frightening", and "incredible" seem to best describe The Ellipsis Manual.