Multiple level Psychology

Posted: 24/10/2011 in Psychology
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In this post, I am going to present Multilevels psychology. The best way to start talking about the subject is by giving an example of 3-levels psychology: 

3-Levels psychology

At the first Level, kids were scared because they saw a shark.
At the second level, they felt safe because they thought it was a joke.
At the third level, the real attack happens.

This is really powerful, because of the second level which let the kids feel reassured.

Multilevel Psychology can be used in any domain. The only condition is that the levels alternate from insecurity to security or Vice versa. Each pairs of levels added, double the power of the attack (to a certain limit, were more levels added don’t add any value).

Real-life application: here is an application to Poker.

Multiple level thinking is a term commonly associated with deepstack poker which refers to a players ability to analyse their opponents actions aswell as their own and think on a number of different levels in order to establish a range of poker hands your opponent could be holding and a range of reasons for their corresponding actions. The table image of you and your opponents plays a major part in how you approach the deeper levels of thinking, the poker becomes more about psychology than the mechanics of the game.

There are 5 levels to multiple level thinking:
Level 0 What do I have?
Level 1 What does my opponent have?
Level 2 What does my opponent think I have?
Level 3 What does my opponent think I think he has?
Level 4 What does my opponent think I think he thinks I have?

Find more here:

As I have said, the levels stack exponentially to a certain limit. For example, if you want to make a birthday surprise to a very close friend.

1-level: You setup the surprise and call your best friend to have a dinner with you.

This is like the first image of the kids seeing the shark. if your close friend is a little bit wise, he would know that it would not be an ordinary dinner and he would know that you were preparing a surprise, just like the kids who were scared seeing the shark at the first sight. Probably he won’t get surprised.

Solution? 3-levels:

1st level: You call your friend to have a dinner with you. He would think that you are preparing a birthday surprise.

2nd Level: You go to the dinner with your friend, you talk with him just like nothing on earth is happening, like everything is normal, like today is just another day. And then you return home. At this level, your friend will be deceived because he was prepared to get a birthday surprise and didn’t get anything.

3rd Level: After 1 or 2 hours, you call him again asking if he wants to hang out or something. At this level, he would not be prepared for a birthday surprise, because he would think that if you were preparing a surprise it would have been done with the dinner (at the first level). And than, Bingo!

You can add as many levels as you want, letting your friend become suspicious and deceived many times. At the end he will completely abandon the idea of the birthday-surprise (here If you add more levels they won’t have any significance) so you can strike.

An interesting movie about the same subject is “Inception” were they discuss multiple-level dreaming, each one stacking above the other adding more psychological damage.

  1. unclerave says:

    Interesting post. I’d say it’s link-worthy.

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