What if you could scientifically tap into the skills and abilities of any genius to become more like them? Sounds like an amazing idea, but one that’s way too good to be true.
That was the rather lofty promise being made by The Raikov Effect program, and my initial reaction when I was considering whether or not to give it a try.
But despite being pretty skeptical, I decided that if even a fraction of the claims turned out to be for real, that it was maybe worth a shot.
If you’re wondering if The Raikov Effect is a scam or not, this article will tell you everything you need to know.
I bought the Raikov Effect, here’s what happened
Let’s get straight to it. I bought the Raikov Effect and so I know firsthand whether it is a scam or not.
It cost me $137, which was apparently a $100 discount off the usual price of $237. I’ll talk a bit more in detail about pricing later and exactly what you’ll get for that money.
But right now, if you’re concerned the Raikov Effect could be one of those internet scams which takes your money but never even delivers (let’s face it, they are everywhere) then it’s good to know that I did get what I paid for.
After purchasing the program I got instant access to all the material in full to download.
But whether it’s a bit of a scam or not also depends on more than just getting the program.
Whether you feel like it’s a scam or not clearly depends on if it’s worth the money and actually works right? Otherwise, we’re just Jack buying “magic beans” because we’re told it will turn into a beanstalk.
I’m going to dig a bit deeper to explain what the Raikov Effect is, how it works, and importantly if it worked.
What is the Raikov Effect?
Before going any further, I’ll summarise what the Raikov Effect is because I think it’s fair to say it’s not a household name and this will be the first time many people have even heard of the program.
I know that this was definitely one of the reasons I was a bit nervous that it could be a scam.
The premise of this course is that we can believe ourselves into becoming whoever we want.
The Raikov Effect method says that it does this by bringing together some of the most effective techniques to shape your mind and become more like your heroes.
It guides you through the 5 steps it says you need to take for this to happen.
Let’s be honest, on first appearance “believing” yourself better does sound like a very pie in the sky type of thinking.
My first reaction was “how on earth is imagining I’m a millionaire going to make me one?!” My other concern was “what if I don’t believe”.
If I tell myself I’m as smart as Einstein, I’m not sure I’ll be able to fool myself into thinking that’s true. And if I can’t, surely the program won’t work for me.
The reason I didn’t just dismiss the whole idea was that the marketing for the course promised that it didn’t even matter if you believe it or not.
It’s more about employing a ‘fake it till you make it’ attitude. And that, I can do.
Apparently, the reason why this approach works is that if you behave a certain way long enough, your brain will sort of catch up.
Imagine how someone that you admire will see the world, how they would think, how they would feel, how they would act, etc., and then copy them.
In this way, you end up conditioning yourself to become naturally more like them.
There’s more to it all, but that in principle is how the Raikov Effect claims to work.
The promises made by The Raikov Effect
Most of us aren’t naive and we realize that marketing tends to be cheesy at best, and downright deceitful at worst.
I appreciate that in the world we live in, marketing is a fact of life to sell any product to us.
But one of the tricky things I have always found is separating the cheese from the deceit. Everyone has an agenda, and I’m not sure 100% objectivity can ever exist.
For example, when I was deciding whether to buy the Raikov Effect I stumbled upon quite a cynical evaluation of these types of self-improvement products from someone who seemingly had never even taken the course.
Ultimately I decided that just because someone is critical, it doesn’t make them any more trustworthy than someone who has a positive view.
My own personal experiences with plenty of self-help courses have taught me just how subjective it is to each individual user. For a start, you have to want something to work or it’s not going to.
What The Raikov Effect claims to do for you:
- Mental Agility and Superiority. Heightening brain power and making you better at cognitive activities. Through this, you’re meant to be able to learn faster and perform cognitive related tasks better.
- Greater Financial Freedom. Think rich to get rich. The idea is to feel more financially secure and adopt a billionaire mindset. Once this confidence is in place, you more effortlessly work towards getting rich.
- Better Health and Fitness. Improve your overall health and well-being, including areas like losing weight or getting fitter.
Improve Personal Power. Embrace positivity in your daily life. Becoming more positive will improve your mood and feelings, which in turn affects how you behave. Feel braver, happier, and more confident.
- Enhanced Creativity And Performance. Discover the practical skills and talents of your heroes. Put yourself in their shoes and take the action they would take to become better at something.
These are obviously fairly general. In more specific terms here are some of the examples of what The Raikov Effect says it can help with:
- Boost your confidence
- Manage your weight
- Increase your intelligence
- Enhance your business skills
- Maximize your creativity
- Exploit your artistic potential
- Improve your productivity
- Become more charismatic
- Eliminate unhelpful habits
- Feel positive and motivated
- Reach more of your goals
What is it based on? The Raikov experiments
The new Raikov Effect program is based on experiments done in the 1970s by Russian neuropsychologist Dr. Vladimir Raikov and Czech psychologist Dr. Milan Ryzl.
Again, in relation to whether the ideas behind the Raikov Effect are a scam or not, what I can confidently say is that these were real scientists, who did real experiments, and got the following results.
The pair collaborated on a project to try and get a better understanding of how the mind works. In one experiment Raikov used hypnosis on his Moscow students to get them to take on the mindset of someone else.
Basically, he tried to get them to take on the personas of geniuses and experts like Sigmund Freud, Albert Einstein, and Leonardo Da Vinci.
The results were pretty unbelievable really. Raikov wanted to know if people with no real experience could still go on to create masterpieces, become musical prodigies, elite athletes, or brilliant inventors, etc. — just through the power of suggestion alone.
His findings suggested that they could, and did.
For example, after being fed the suggestion that she was the painter, Raphael, living in the Italian Renaissance, one physics student with no background in art started creating beautiful drawings.
Rather than being a one-off fluke, Raikov kept getting the same kind of results consistently.
This technique for self-improvement based on pretending to be someone else became known as the Raikov Effect.
His original method was tweaked and revised over the years (it no longer involves hypnosis for example) and was turned into the new Raikov Effect program.
The placebo effect
Many of the principles on which the Raikov Effect is based is that what your mind chooses to believe directly affects your reality.
It’s a mind-over-matter approach. A really good example of this in action is the scientifically recognized placebo effect.
The placebo effect is defined as:
“A beneficial effect produced by a placebo drug or treatment, which cannot be attributed to the properties of the placebo itself, and must therefore be due to the patient’s belief in that treatment.”
In the medical world, placebo’s have been shown to be most effective when it comes to things like pain management, stress-related insomnia, and cancer treatment side effects like fatigue and nausea.
As explained by an article from the Harvard Medical School:
“How placebos work is still not quite understood, but it involves a complex neurobiological reaction that includes everything from increases in feel-good neurotransmitters, like endorphins and dopamine, to greater activity in certain brain regions linked to moods, emotional reactions, and self-awareness. All of it can have therapeutic benefit.”
A recent experiment illustrates this placebo effect well. In a group of participants, a US radiologist performed genuine Vertebroplasty operations on half of the people taking part (a procedure where broken spines are injected with medical cement) and “sham” surgeries on the other half.
The people who had the fake surgery were still wheeled into the operating theatre and given an anesthetic, so they believed they were having an operation. But they weren’t injected with the spinal cement.
The study found that all of the patients, who had the real treatment or not, showed similar amounts of pain relief and increased mobility, with no significant difference from receiving the spinal cement.
There’s also such a thing as a nocebo too
Similar to the placebo, a nocebo effect has been shown to exist too.
This is where negative expectations of the patient around a treatment cause it to have a more negative effect than it otherwise would have.
For example, you think that getting a shot might make you feel a bit rough afterward, and so it does.
It’s so widespread that it’s even estimated that up to 97% of reported pharmaceutical side effects might be caused not by the drug but down to this nocebo effect.
In the context of the Raikov Effect and whether it ends up working for you, I think this is quite an interesting and relevant point.
As it relies quite heavily on investing belief and shifting your mindset, if you go into it convinced there’s no chance it will work, I’m fairly sure it probably won’t.
The scientifically proven power of belief
“Man Is What He Believes” — Anton Chekhov
As I’ve said, the reason for the placebo effect is attributed to our belief. It is the relationship between our own mind and body that creates any noticeable results.
The power of belief is hugely fascinating. We think something will make us better and so we feel better. That’s logical. But it goes far beyond “feeling” better. It seems that belief really can create physical changes.
It’s so crazy that it sounds like miracles, but the science around it is increasingly extensive.
Most of us already accept that believing in something can bring us hope, make us feel better, or motivate us.
Yet belief is a far more phenomenal force capable of creating tangible and measurable differences in our lives.
In fact, research has suggested that attending regular religious services may improve your immune system, lower your blood pressure and add years to your life.
Another study found that just thinking about exercising (not even doing it) can still build your muscles.
When human beings apply determined belief to a situation, astonishing things can happen.
For example, Morris Goodman: Miracle Man sustained such terrible injuries after an airplane crash that he wasn’t expected to survive. The only thing he was still physically capable of doing was to blink his eyes.
To the surprise of the medical world, he not only survived but was so adamant in his belief he could get better, he gave doctors a date for when he would walk out of the hospital (which he achieved).
How the Raikov Effect works
I touched earlier on the new Raikov Effect taking you through 5 stages to help you embody new traits and characteristics.
The original Raikov method was actually based on seven steps:
1) Hypnosis and deep trance
5) Positive Thinking
Apparently, after more research, it was found that certain steps weren’t really so important and so the new version was born.
The original experiments involved hypnosis, but this has been removed as a redundant step for getting the same results.
But there have been additions too. The new method now includes “borrowed genius” techniques and Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP).
The new 5 steps include elements like imagining the genius you want to be, and using anchoring techniques to bring back those memories whenever you need them.
Here are a few aspects of the five stages in the program:
- Visualization — vividly imagining scenarios through mental pictures.
- Swapping Heads — putting yourself in someone else’s shoes, or brain as it were, to consider how they would think and act.
- The “As If” Technique —acting as if something is already true because the brain can’t tell the difference between the real and the imagined.
- NLP and Anchors — as a way to try and trigger memories and their associated feelings or stimulus.
Does The Raikov Effect work?
I’m hesitant to give definitive answers for whether the Raikov Effect works or not because the answer in my opinion is — it depends.
I will, however, share my results to help you make up your own mind.
Can the Raikov Effect work for you? Absolutely.
I think the science around the power of belief and things like the placebo effect make it clear that the thoughts we invest in do have a significant impact on us and our lives.
Will it work for you? That is when the answer becomes more subjective.
Whilst I wouldn’t say you need to blindly believe that miracles are about to happen—a certain amount of skepticism or disbelief is perfectly normal— you do have to have enough faith in the method to give it a try.
And giving it a try means actually doing the work, committing to it, and keeping an open mind about what it can do for you.
If you don’t have that from the start, I wonder if you might end up giving up or buying the program and not bothering to finish.
If you don’t do the work, you clearly won’t see any benefits.
What I got out of doing the Raikov Effect
My own results after using the techniques I learned in the Raikov Effect were more down to what I’d call common sense than miracles.
That’s not to say they weren’t powerful, useful, and constructive though.
The program helped me to establish and build a better mindset around what I wanted to achieve.
From there I was able to create more disciplined habits, which set me up for more consistent action.
This in a nutshell is how I think it all works. You believe you can do, be and have better. This is what inspires you to behave better and take action. That action creates real positive change in your life.
To me that’s not a “trick” or a “scam”, it’s just a practical way of applying healthy positive thinking into your life to create changes.
I go into more detail and examples of my own results in my review of the Raikov Effect which you can also check out here.
What do you get for your money?
To buy the Raikov Effect for full price is $237. I should say that I personally only paid $137 because the marketing at the time said I was getting a $100 discount.
I don’t know in reality if that is something that is always on offer or if it is a genuine limited deal. So perhaps you can get it for about $137 too.
Rather importantly there is a year’s (365 days) money-back guarantee. This is a significant point to make if you have any concerns that The Raikov Effect might not be legit or even a scam.
Although I haven’t tried to get a refund, so I’m not entirely sure how easy it is in practicality. But in theory, you just have to submit a request online.
The other thing worth noting is that you can only get access to the program through private invitation. Though it’s not quite as exclusive as it may at first sound. You only need a special link, rather than friends in high places.
It’s also not available all the time to buy and sometimes you may go to the homepage and read “Sorry our doors are closed right now”.
If you have any donuts in your mind over the legitimacy of the Raikov Effect, I’d definitely recommend checking out all of the free resources before you buy anything.
The Placebo Effect, the Secret, and the Hack will all give you an idea of what to expect from the course.
When you buy the course this is what you’ll get:
- The Raikov Effect Quick start guide (15 pages long but also available in audio format)
- Full Raikov Effect course (100+ pages)
- Listen Along Raikov effect MP3
- Raikov Effect cheat sheet
- Five Raikov Effect “listen along audios”:
1) Boosting confidence
2) Heightened brain power
3) Wealth and abundance
4) Controlled weight loss
5) Become a law of attraction magnet
In conclusion: Is The Raikov Effect a scam?
The Raikov Effect isn’t a scam as you do get what you pay for, but whether it will work for you ultimately depends on you.
As I explained when writing my detailed review of the Raikov Effect, this program is definitely not right for everyone.
There is science to support the techniques used in this program as being potentially effective, even if that is down to the placebo effect (or as I like to call it, the power of our own belief).
But as with any self-development program you invest in, it’s not magic.
Just buying the Raikov Effect isn’t enough to change your life, the rest is up to you and whether you commit to doing the work to see the results you want.
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