Disney Subliminal Stereotypes Analysis

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Disney’s Subliminal Messages and Stereotypes
When the majority of young adults and teenagers in today’s age look back at their childhood it is almost guaranteed that Disney made an appearance. Whether it was a princess fancy dress party, listening to the fairy tale songs, or building their own castle, it all started from watching the infamous and classic films. But what many don’t realize is how Disney may have influenced the way we look, think and act. Indirectly, it has taught its young viewers concepts innocent children should not be exposed to: ideas of sex, drugs, racism and gender inequality. The later raises the main focus of this essay; how have subliminal messaging and stereotypes in traditional Disney princess films affected gender
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It “describes the fundamental dynamics between mind (neuro) and language (linguistic) and how their interplay affects our body and behavior (programming)” (Dilts, Robert B.) It is this that controls how we think, communicate and act in the world, and being aware of it can change the current population’s neurological system. Subliminal messages use this principle to introduce or even just reinforce an idea. It may be beneficial, such as weight watching schemes, but the term is often associated as having a negative effect since its audience is unaware of it occurring, making them a victim. NLP involves strategic thinking and a large understanding of how the mental and cognitive processes behave, therefore subliminal messages can not be accidental, an effective one would have involved planning and a study of the intended audience along with potential of the message’s consequences. Grinder and Bandler introduced NLP in the mid 1970s, two decades after the first Disney film, Snow White, was released. As time continues NLP continues to develop and affect the lives of millions of people. A breakthrough was made in the 1990’s as a new generation of NLP was developed, meaning NLP and in turn subliminal messages will have made the largest difference to the current twenty first…show more content…
Embedded in the film was a death mask, flashing on screen too fast for anyone to consciously notice, however one man’s subconscious was so affected that he fainted, and in doing so broke his jaw. The Warner Brothers who had rights over the film were sued $350’000 due to the viewer’s sustained injuries. Subliminal messages are most effective when one’s emotions are exposed since the defences are weakened. Thus a horror movie will be extremely applicable along with films aimed at young children in their formative age, such as Disney, since their defence system has not been fully developed. (‘Subliminal

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