Simply Shreya: subliminal messages


Morgan Kong

Wingspan's Shreya Jagan shares her personal take on issues and experiences in her weekly column Simply Shreya.

Shreya Jagan, Staff Reporter

Somehow I wandered into the strange world of subliminals. Don’t ask me how, because I wouldn’t be able to tell you. But, the more I looked into it, the more intrigued I was.

Subliminals are “messages” that are sent to your brain below your threshold of consciousness. You can listen to these messages through YouTube videos, and other platforms as well.

It’s a little unsettling to think that there is a possibility that I can do something without my knowledge because of some random thought I had from something I saw.

Now, many psychologists believe that most subliminal message stories are just hoaxes, with research trailing back to a fake study on popcorn and coke.

But, on the other hand, listening to subliminal messages for things like white noise in the background when sleeping have shown effects on some people. More people actually feel that they are changing because of what they’re hearing.

This idea of being able to function even when we’re not aware of it is so fascinating that made me want to try it out for myself. 

So I did just that. And honestly from my experience, I’m scared. (Cue the awkward laughter). It just feels too good to be true, and kind of eerie at times as well. The voices in the background, the soothing music. Though it may be calming for some, it was not my cup of tea.

I’m all for trying new things, but subliminal messages have had their turn.