An Honest Review of the Raikov Effect

Everybody wants to be somebody, but nobody wants to grow.


I remember this quote whenever I hear the digital noise of the Raikov Effect. Goethe’s words seem to be ‘verbatim true’ for people who buy and subscribe to the argument of the Raikov Effect.

Before we move on to the Raikov Effect, it’s time to talk about people singing its praises. It comes as no surprise that most websites use this concept to sell their books, programs, and training. Not only that but they, on top, add the flavor of various techniques to it. They also present various testimonials before you. There’s no second opinion about the fact that most of these reviews are fake, crafted by some ghostwriters.

Now that I’m done calling a spade a spade, let’s talk about the Raikov Effect and its so-called potential benefits.

The technique was developed by a Russian neuroscientist, Dr. Vladimir Raikov, at a Moscow Conservatory between 1960 and 1970. He planned to improve the musical abilities of his students. The students were divided into three groups. The first group wasn’t hypnotized and served as the control. The second group was hypnotized and taught key skills. The third group was asked to “be in the skin” of one of the most eminent musicians of all time.

Dr. Raikov found that the third group performed better than the other two. He deduced from the results the students were able to step into the persona of the person they were modeling. It dawned upon him that students can achieve Einstein’s genius through the simple mechanism of hypnotic suggestion.

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Despite having neuroplasticity, the brain is a material entity made up of neurons.

The Raikov Effect, Hypnotic Suggestions, and NLP

The Raikov Effect is no less obscure than hypnotic suggestion and Neurolinguistic Programming techniques. Indeed, these should fall under the category of “pseudosciences.” Even many pseudosciences are more clear and beneficial than the Raikov Effect.

While some studies show that NLP and hypnotic suggestions can work in some circumstances, no study backs the Raikov Effect yet. Hypnosis is real, and countless hypnotists have demonstrated their hypnotic abilities. While hypnosis doesn’t work all the time and not on everyone, it is not fake. It’s just some people get mesmerized easily, and some don’t. Various NLP techniques are equally known to work. But what about the Raikov Effect? If I call a spade a spade, it’s the premature ejaculation of a vague concept with little benefits.

How does the Raikov Effect Work?

After careful analysis, I believe that at least one-fifth of the population is image-conscious. This population believes in playing roles instead of just being. It all gives rise to a stereotype that is in the habit of presenting itself as a humble, cultured, and refined personality.

People who belong to this stereotype try to build an avatar of themselves and then don’t cross the limit. When you’re playing roles, the worst thing to do is to come out of character. In this case, the image breaks and shatters. So these people always try to “stay in the boundaries.”

At the same time, this segment of the population becomes the sitting duck for the Raikov Effect programs and courses.

Self-improvement methods represent a billion-dollar industry. While some self-improvement techniques are beneficial, most of them remain a waste of time. The so-called masters, scientists, and gurus of the industry are robbing innocent and altruistic people. There is no point in consuming a hefty amount of money for a layman’s trick. The Raikov Effect is no rocket science after all.

Is the Raikov Effect Harmful?

Not in all circumstances, but yes in many ways. It’s not admirable to adopt the personality traits of another person at the cost of abandoning yours. It’s more rational to focus on your strengths and empowering them. Personality traits don’t change because they’re genetic.

Environmental factors and self-suggestion can mold us a bit, but not much. If we want to bring in another person’s personality traits, we can’t come up with anything extraordinary. If Einstein possessed a remarkable genius, it was determined by his genes. It was not that he tried a stupid technique, worshiped an avatar, and came up with the theory of relativity.

On the other hand, most products about the Raikov Effect represent scams. Long story short, running after the Raikov Effect products, you’ll end up wasting your time and money.


High Ranker is a self-taught psychologist and a freelance writer. He graduated in botany and likes to describe himself as a nature lover. He spends most of his time exploring different subjects and navigating existing academic research. He has a profound interest in health sciences and issues related to scientific research. When he's not writing something, you can find him talking to random people, reading a book, or gardening at home.

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