On the New Buzz Term “Mass Formation Psychosis”–a Psychological Operation Not New But As Old As Time and Potentially As Lethal (Guest Interview and Bonus Feature)

Note: some say “Mass Formation Psychosis,” but an expert in this area of study stops at just Mass Formation for reasons of both “intellectal and ethical” points of view, as he notes in the interview linked below.

He did not elaborate on that, but perhaps it’s because, depending on how subtle the first stages are, many people are unaware of being under the spell of this psyop, believing their cause or ideology is the only righteous one, at least in what’s called “black and white thinking,” which is one of the primary purposes of this psyop (the better to divide and conquer them by…). 

Indeed, we all tend to think what we believe is correct–until we step aside and carefully evalutate what we are seeing, hearing, reading, and following.

Sometimes we have to leave the “scene” entirely, gather with others also seeking the reason they have a “gut feeling” that something is just not quite right about this or that idea, ideology, practice, or policy, and certainly many do so when what is evil begins to leave a trail of tragedy in its wake. Some call this stage (when more and more people see the truth)  an “awakening,” which is a Mass Formation of a good kind, in such wars of good versus evil.

The Concept of a Mass Formation Psychological Operation Isn’t New

The reason I include this comment is because the very first distraction, invitation to step aside from community standards, sometimes to a lethal degree (regarding oneself or “others”) actually began the first time humans were enticed into doing so by one who, as it turns out, did not want humans to stay on the narrow path to prosperity and success but to follow him, a theme that is threaded through the entire biblical narrative, all 66 books.

But it’s also threaded through secular history (some cited in the interview).

One can regard the story of The (original) Fall as history, myth, mysticism, or archetypal tales we tell to encourage ourselves and others to remain within some circle of safety and acceptance, but the message is the same: things were good, people (two or more) strayed from what made things good, and bad things happened.

The specific verse to which I refer that, in my view, illustrates the genesis (in Genesis) of psychological operations, is the one where the adversary, in snake form, slithers into paradise and, catching the first woman, Eve, alone, somehow through a voice she heard and understood, suggested the Creator lied.

At first she rejected his statement and reiterated what she and Adam knew to be true.

The adversay proceeded, however, with a few more leading, subtle suggestions, to take the relationship to the next level, by extending an offer Eve couldn’t, as it turned out, refuse. Nor could her partner. 

And the rest is the history of many risings and fallings to follow, in any interpretation, to this very day.

Consider the start-up campaign:

Now the serpent was more crafty than any of the wild animals the Lord God had made. He said to the woman, “Did God really say, ‘You must not eat from any tree in the garden’?” continue reading at Genesis 3:1-5)

There it is: psychological operations, chapter 1: feed doubt. And extrapolated over time, what began with doubt ended in the destruction and/or death of countless millions upon millions in one relationship after another, one war after another, one “fundamental transformation” of entire cultures and civilizations after another (but spun oh, so well–psyops, chapter 2: propaganda).

On Today’s (and Historical) Versions of Mass Formation

Whether it gets to the level of psychosis in every individual is always in question, but the following interview is well worth the time it takes to listen–especially the part where the interviewee explains how we can retain critical thinking in spite of the strength of the unprecedented, he says, world-wide presentation of Mass Formation in our world today.

And the speaker offers tips on how to avoid our own “fall,” indeed, what seems to be the fall of Western Civilization, itself, the ways things seem to be going even as noted by casual observors. – pbn

MATTIAS DESMET & THE PSYCHOLOGY OF TOTALITARIANISM

BONUS FEATURE

In such times as these, it’s the bards and the balladeers who often enable us to see and hear more clearly the crux of weighty, complex issues.

To the bards, there is a definite resurgence of interest in dystopian novels (the better to warn us by) such as 1984, Brave New World, and Animal Farm. To this distinguished list I would add a lesser known but equally as insightful book Ella Minnow Pea (commented on before).

To the balladeers, I often think about the 1967 song that emerged from that decade’s civil unrest with the timless message to “stop…everybody look what’s goin’ down”.

And the sooner the better, I would add, especially in such a time as this.

If not, and before the Cancel Culture erases what’s left of the real history of good versus evil, we can still get a hard look at what lengths evil will go to, to destroy, and we may well be ensnared in our own, real, dystopian world.

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