This is a wonderful, well-written post!
As a copywriter I actually write lots of those attention-getting headlines.
It’s super fun to see how many people I can get to pay attention to my words and take the actions I want them to take.
The way I reconcile this in my mind is to only work on projects/products that are good for the world; like health and wellness products that I believe in.
So yes, it is a Jedi mind trick, but it’s for your own good.
“You will not eat the cookie… you will drink the green smoothie!” :-)