Baader-Meinhof phenomenon sneaks up on us, so we usually don’t realize it as it’s happening. Think of all you’re exposed to in a single day. It’s simply not possible to soak in every detail. Your brain has the job of deciding which things require focus and which can be filtered out. Your brain can easily ignore information that doesn’t seem vital in the moment, and it does so every day. When you’re exposed to brand-new information, especially if you find it interesting, your brain takes notice. These details are potentially destined for the permanent file, so they’re going to be front and center for a while.
The Baader-Meinhof Gang, also known as Red Army Faction, is a West German terrorist group that was active in the 1970s.So, you probably wonder how the name of a terrorist gang became attached to the concept of frequency illusion. Well, just as you might suspect, it appears that it was born of the phenomenon itself. It may go back to a discussion board in the mid-1990s, when someone became aware of the Baader-Meinhof gang, then heard several more mentions of it within a short period. Lacking a better phrase to use, the concept simply became known as Baader-Meinhof phenomenon. And it stuck.
You might also hear it called red (or blue) car syndrome and for good reason. Last week you decided you’re going to buy a red car to stand out from the crowd. Now every time you pull into a parking lot, you’re surrounded by red cars. There are no more red cars this week than there were last week. Strangers didn’t run out and buy red cars to gaslight you. It’s just that since you made the decision, your brain is drawn to red cars.
When you’re looking for something negative in you life, let’s say you’re having a bad day and everything is going wrong, nothing has changed for you, but, you have shifted your attentions to only recognize and point out negative things, the same thing happens when you’re have a good day and everything seems right with the world, it’s simply the power to choose what you want to see in the world!