Don't Take Action Based On This Paper: Secrets of Effective Subconscious Communication
You cannot tell someone not to think of something.1) Therefore, beware what you evoke when you say you are “not that.”
Nothing fixes a thing so intensely in the memory as the wish to forget it. Michel de Montaigne
If someone says, “Don't think of an elephant,” the first thing you do is think of one. If you tell a customer, “We're not like those other banks,” the first thing they do is wonder if you are.