As the curious public reels from yet another high-profile couple split – Gwen Stefani and Gavin Rossdale announced yesterday they’re calling quits to their 13 year union – there has been rampant speculation and eyebrow raising as to why there have been a seemingly high number of A-list pairs calling it quits on their relationships recently.
Standard reasons usually apply: infidelity, boredom, growing apart, the pressure of the stardom spotlight shining perpetually upon one spouse or another – or both – or even just increasing lack of interest in the person to whom they’ve devoted their life thus far.
But what about those voices in their heads spurred by constant sensory and media input? Did Reba read the latest online article about Blake Sheldon and Miranda Lambert and think to herself, “Yeah – that’s what I need to do. After 26 years and one too many days of putting down the toilet seat after it’s been left up, I’ve finally had it. If she can do it, so can I”?
Subliminal seduction – an unconscious persuasion of an individual to take action without them being aware of being influenced – has been a marketing and advertising tool employed for years in coaxing movie goers into buying more concessions at the theater, choosing one company’s vodka over another company’s, and even employed in Disney flicks to make the viewers feel happier.
Though there has been much heated debate as to whether or not subliminal messages actually work, evidence in psychological studies proves the covert allure has the ability – subtly or very pointedly – to create thoughts or desires in the heads of unsuspecting viewers.
Even if the continual news coverage of break-up after dissolution streaming onto these couples’ computers, phones, televisions, and overheard conversations wasn’t the prime reason behind them going their separate directions, exposure to such dramatic news certainly has the capability of stimulating underlying consideration of those fleeting thoughts.
An occasional idea that a rocky relationship needs to end can be swayed to become a consternation of getting out, swelling and festering until *POW* – divorce proceedings begin.
Have you ever seen someone yawn and suddenly felt the overpowering urge to open wide and let your own fatigue fly? Have you ever watched another become physically sick and contribute to your own ‘sympathy barf’? Has your nose itched and your need to scratch hit you when someone in your company rubbed their own schnoz?
All examples of subliminal messaging, whether you know it or not. Could it be that couplehood is being abolished at an increased rate because of daily news feeds announcing multiple stories per day of those apparently strong bonds now amazingly crumbling?
There’s no doubt in my mind.
With that in mind, a word of advice to Jennifer and Justin: you may have just married yesterday, but leave your phones off for a while. Maybe even take shelter in a cave on your honeymoon.
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