It’s the question we often ask ourselves at TVHQ and it’s been the source of some heated debates.
Do the uplines, the top bots, the high-flyers in MLM, know what they’re doing when they pull people into their downline? Do they know that most will fail? Or are they brainwashed? Trapped? Or sociopaths?
For those who are knew to MLM/this blog, some explanation. MLM = multi-level marketing, like Younique, Forever Living, etc.
Upline = persons higher up in the pyramid, who generally appear to have lots of money, large teams, etc
Downline = the people below the upline.
As we’ve seen here, some MLM success-stories do work it out fairly quickly and leave because they can’t bear to see people they care about getting hurt. Their moral compass, their emotional intelligence forces them to go before too much damage is done. They realise that for most people MLM is a losing proposition.
And the others? WATCH THIS:
Having watched the vido, do you think Emma, the top bot living in a castle, is lying?
Or is she convinced that she’s doing the right thing, using ‘attraction marketing’ to draw others into her MLM? That she can help others get this dreamlife too?
And her brother – is he lying too, or does he truly believe that MLM is just another way of doing business? To me, he looks sincere.
The question of Emma’s guilt or innocence, awareness or lack of, has been discussed by those of us behind TV, along with other top bots. Some of us believe she knows what she’s doing and is deliberately manipulating people. Others think she is completely brainwashed and a victim.
The thing is, if Emma is doing everything she’s supposed to do: listening to ‘mindset’tapes all the time, constantly training and reaching out to others to bring them in, while balancing her family, it’s possible that she DOES believe that what she is doing is right. MLMs ban what they call ‘negative’ thinking. Read this. And this.
This kind of thought-stopping tactic is also found in certain religions like Scientology. An excellent blog to read about Scientology is this one
Botwatch also wrote a well-researched post about MLM thinking here
Due to the high-turnover of recruits, all uplines have to spend a lot of time focussed on recruiting, which doesn’t give them a lot of time to reflect on what they are doing. It’s an eternal sad hamster wheel of victims in, victims out. As we discussed here, it can be very difficult to leave an MLM once a certain amount of time and money is invested. That’s why we’ve always tried to reach out to the successes as well as those who have been used – in some cases, we think they are victims too.
Some, but not all.
There are also those who we have strong reason to believe know what they are doing and don’t care. We will have more to come on this story, but for now, here’s an excellent blog about how to tell when people are lying.
How do you know whether you are good at spotting liars? Test yourself here at the University of Berkeley’s EQ test website. This test will tell you how clever you are at reading other people’s emotions, which is part of lie detection.
Many MLM uplines post videos on Facebook etc to persuade people to join, to mentor their ‘teams’, etc etc blah blah. Next time you watch one, take note of whether their facial expressions match what they are saying, whether their smiles are truly sincere, and whether they show true emotional concern for their ‘teams’. I’m not just talking words here – they should be showing genuine emotion/concern on their faces if they truly care.
People who lack emotion can sometimes appear very charming, smiling a lot, presenting a beautiful appearance, but will also show inappropriate facial expressions at times. Take note of this. It’s a red flag about how that person is truly feeling.
And finally, if you are high up in an MLM but want to get out, we ARE here for you. No matter what you’ve done in MLM, you can make a difference right now, today, by leaving & helping others see through the deception.