The first scholarly book on MOBBING was written by Maureen Duffy and Len Sperry in 2012. Few people know what MOBBING is - that's why the U.S. Government in a New COINTELPRO-like Program is getting away with it.
If the Enlightenment was called The Age of Reason, perhaps, our own should be called the Age of Emotion or better yet, maybe, we should bring back that old word neurosis and call our Age the Age of Neurosis. Here are some thoughts about Our Age of Emotion/Neurosis and how to live in it.
It was Karen Horney who stipulated it was anxiety that underlay – neurosis. The neurotic’s behavior can be explained as ways of allaying anxiety. When a sizable part of the American population do this, we have a Social Neurosis – such as we are seeing today.
Regarding the method of Social Self-Inquiry that is needed in times of such Social Neurosis, it has been said:
“it is the responsibility of participants to be aware of their biases and assumptions; to sense them as largely generated socially; to share them verbally when that seems likely to enhance communication; and especially to experience the sensations that signal and accompany them.”
You see consciousness/awareness is always key in Times of Social Neurosis.
“The purpose is to find out, as a group, how the sensations associated with bias and affect-projection feel. That is, what are the sensations associated with making other people and outside events responsible for our feelings (i.e., "she makes me mad, " "I'm upset because my train was late." etc.)? Through such proprioception, we are learning to become more aware of our own projections and of their power as a motivating factor in human interaction. Our concern is with the development of a fresh approach to social transformation and healing that can be realized on a broad scale. (Throughout this article the word affect is used to denote feeling that has become attached to symbols and ideas.)”
Now of course the bulk of the population in a Neurotic Age such as our own will never have the self-consciousness, become the awaring necessary to do this. The bulk of the American Population in the Age of Neurosis live in a state of emotional fusion. Their behavior is largely determined by the functioning of others in our Neurotic Society.
They rarely exhibit individuality. It is the intensity of their emotions that drive their behavior. They function as part of the groups they are affiliated with. Their thinking is emotional thinking – they feel it so it is so. No introspection here. No self-awareness. No solid sense of self built up through thinking. They are unconsciously dominated by anxiety and their actions largely serve the purpose to relieve this unconscious anxiety. The more anxiety – the more togetherness fusion – relying on the groups they associate with to give them direction. People functioning at the same level of emotional reactivity are attracted to each other – so you see these emotionally-driven groups making up Socially Neurotic America.
How Do We Extricate Ourselves from The Age of Neurosis, our age of anxiety-driven emotional behavior? We become awaring. We detach ourselves from the crazy whole we are immersed in – and become watchers.
We watch how our feelings, actions, and urges arise from our thoughts. We learn how to watch our thoughts.
We watch how our thoughts, actions, and urges can arise from feelings. We learn to watch our feelings.
We watch how our thoughts, feelings, and urges can arise from actions. We learn to look at our actions.
We watch how our thoughts, feelings, and actions can arise from urges. We learn to look at our urges.
In this way we detach ourselves from the crazy media, the crazy government, the crazy part of our population with its crazy thoughts and feelings and actions and urges that make up the Social Neurosis. And we become awaring, the watcher.
Then from our detached stance, we can ask ourselves what we want amidst this rampant social disorder, what we want for our own life. And as far as is possible in every single situation we can decide what to do to get what we want, what is consistent with our own personally thought-out values.
When the bulk of the population learn to do this, the Age of Emotion/Neurosis may become a New Age of Awaring.
The Cause of Our Social Neurosis is Anxiety. Its major symptom is Herd Think.
Some of Sigmund Freud’s ideas on groups from the book, Group Psychology and the Analysis of the Ego
1. Being a member of a group produces a unique mental phenomena – the group mind. 2. The people who make up a group have a collective mind that is different from the mind they have as individuals who feel, think, and act as individual persons. 3. “There are certain ideas and feelings which do not come into being, or do not transform themselves into acts except in the case of individuals forming a group.” 4. A group acts differently than individuals. 5. The unconscious motives of the group, like the unconscious motives of an individual outnumber the conscious. The hereditary foundation of behavior exerts a profound influence. 6. The characteristics that are the inheritance of the human race constitute the motives of group behavior of which we are not aware. 7. Individuals each possess unique predispositions due to unique genetic endowments. That uniqueness is lost in a group where our common predispositions are most apparent. 8. Hence groups manifest a “common character.” 9. The group gives the individual a feeling of power which permits him to express instincts he might have been able to restrain had he not become part of a group. 10. “He will be the less disposed to check himself, from the consideration that, a group being anonymous and in consequence irresponsible, the sentiment of responsibility which always controls individuals disappears entirely.” (Freud quoting LeBon) 11. The new character that a group shows that the individual doesn’t is the absence of repression of unconscious instinctual impulses. 12. So individuals display characteristics as part of a group that they don’t display as individuals. 13. The group acts without conscience, without responsibility. 14. “In a group every sentiment and act is contagious”. 15. In groups people do things that is uncharacteristic of them, that is not part of their personal repertoire of habits. 16. In a group the conscious personality vanishes, individuals lose consciousness of their acts. 17. There is a tendency to immediately transform suggested ideas into acts. 18. “Isolated, he may be a cultivated individual; in a crowd, he is a barbarian – that is, a creature acting by instinct.” 19. “by the mere fact that he forms part of an organized group, a man descends several rungs in the ladder of civilization” 20. “He possesses the spontaneity, the violence, the ferocity, and also the enthusiasm and heroism of primitive beings.” 21. A group is almost completely unconscious in its behavior. 22. “The feelings of a group are always very simple and very exaggerated.” 23. “It goes directly to extremes; if a suspicion is expressed, it is instantly changed into an incontrovertible certainty; a trace of antipathy is turned into furious hatred.” 24. The only thing a group respects is force. 25. “groups have never thirsted after truth” 26. “They demand illusions, and cannot do without them.” 27. Behavior of groups is based on fantasy, not truth. 28. Groups are dominated by feeling, not thought. 29. “A group impresses the individual as being an unlimited power and an insurmountable peril.” 30. “The loss of the leader in some sense or other, the birth of misgivings about him, brings on the outbreak of panic, though the danger remains the same; the mutual ties between members of group disappear, as a rule, at the same time as the leader.”
Freud also explains how groups can help an individual to transcend himself. I think the difference can best be understood by Martin Buber's distinction between a collectivity and a community. What we are seeing in America are emotionally fused collectivities, characterized by what Buber would call "I-It" relationships (click the link below for more on the distinction). Communities are groups of people with a solid sense of self who come together for "I-Thou" type relationships. The later seem exceptionally rare in Herd Think Socially Neurotic America.
During COINTELPRO they targeted the women's movement, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. The Church Committee who investigated COINTELPRO described the problem this way: "'Subversive' was never defined in the presidential directives from Presidents Roosevelt to Kennedy authorizing the FBI domestic intelligence activity. Consequently, 'subversive' investigations did not focus solely on the activities of hostile foreign governments" - today substitute the word terrorist groups - "in this country. Rather, they targeted Americans" - today substitute people in NATO countries - "who dissented from administration positions or whose political positions" - today substitute thought - "were thought to resemble those of 'subversive' groups."
It would be almost laughable, if the consequences were not so serious, that the incompetents in our national intelligence agencies/who influence google, facebook etc. and, who largely being sensing thinking types who are the shadow of the intuitive feeling types you often find writing and speaking about psychological ideas, now target people like Dr. Jordan Peterson.
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