Rasputin: The Manipulator Behind the Mystic Persona

How Rasputin crafted his legend and rose to power

Mentalcodex | Julfi

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Cyanide-proof,

Charismatic,

Clairvoyant,

Healer.

Most see a man sent by god or possessed by the devil.

I see a manipulator on his way from a poor Siberian peasant to the most influential man in Russia.

How?

By arousing a sense of admiration in his prey.

The Legend

You may not know his story, but I’m sure you’ve already heard about Rasputin.

This man shows up in movies, books, and music. And for good reason. We’re talking here from one of the most influential men of his time.

Rasputin was a true enigma.

He survived assassination attempts and predicted his own death, as well as the fall of the Russian Empire and the Tzar family. His influence led to vast changes in the country, and it is said that he could have prevented WWI.

Love him or hate him, Rasputin was a man who left no one indifferent. His intense, hypnotic gaze was mesmerizing, and his way of being and behaving was equally intriguing.

Charismatic, magnetic, and expert seducers…

1 factor can explain his cult-like admiration and his rise to power.

Rasputin was a master at crafting a mystic persona.

People feel like they were touching the forbidden and the holy all at once. He was like an electrifying tornado that shook their boring existence.

But like any magician, there are always tricks behind the unthinkable.

1- An Unusual Appearance

Imagine a man from Siberia arriving in the courts of high society. A holy man with old clothes, a long beard containing leftovers from his previous meal, greasy hair, and emitting a pestilential smell.

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Mentalcodex | Julfi

Power dynamics expert. I share essays and historical case studies about Human nature and its relationship with power.