'Healthy neurotics' keep a tight rein on risk

"Neurosis is a natural response of human nature if a normal person is subordinated to domination of pathological people.

The same applies to the subordination of a society and its members to a pathological system of authority.

In a pathocratic state, every person with a normal nature thus exhibits a certain chronic neurotic state, controlled by the efforts of reason." - Andrew M. Lobaczewski

"If we think we can change anything using the same old useless tactics, then we are closer to becoming extinct than we know." - Anthony Bevilacqua

"Culture shapes the way general psychopathology is going to be translated partially or completely into specific psychopathology." - Sing Lee

Agoraphobics are notoriously resistant to treatment.

Psychologists find them unusually imaginative, creative and intelligent but extremely uncooperative when expected to return to the collective.

These highly articulate, self-imprisoned people are canaries in the coal mines of suburbia, casualties in a toxic cultural environment buried in Gesellschaft.

Kurt Vonnegut identified it as "a political disease," afflicting people who lack the essential emotional "damping apparatus" that prevents them from "being swamped by the unbelievability of social culture as it really is."

Lasting relief from agoraphobia did not occur by changing the perceptions of suffers but by changing the pathology "out there in the social group."

Rage and anger become the foundation of stressed out individuals suffering from the pervasive psychological disorder of a pathological social culture.

Many are acutely depressed by the collapse of civility; unprecedented homelessness; acceptance of torture as a method of extracting information; competition for scarce resources; preemptive invasions built on deception; unprecedented incarceration rates; toxic wastes fouling Earth; glorification of violence, murder and genocide as solutions to human social problems.

The political reality is the paranoia "is all in our heads."

Modern psychotherapy focuses almost exclusively on ego, separating individual problems from those hidden in the foundation social culture.

Treatment programs teach disturbed citizens to cope (not protest) to adapt (not rebel) to "work the situation" rather than "refuse the unacceptable."

"Therapy, in bed with governance, creates docile plebes." - James Hillman

Americans, proudly rooted in a heritage of rugged individualism, do not generally think of themselves as obedient - yet, as Victor Frankl observed of American culture, they follow orders again and again to "be happy.".


Whipping Post

"A life predicated on being obedient is a very comfortable life indeed. Living in such a way reduces to a minimum the need to think." – Adolf Eichmann

Nobel Laureate Heinrich Boll, after World War II, said the most dangerous flaw in the character of the German people could be stated in one word:


Confusion occurs when imagined abstractions are mistaken for reality.

The Cold War seeped into the American psyche, killing community.

The baby-boom generation was permanently imprinted subconsciously with the image of an evil clown superimposed on the boiling mushroom cloud.

Secret decisions made behind closed doors in DC had a direct impact on my kindergarten days as air-raid sirens drilled terror into my head.

Crouched between the wooden runners, minds squeezed with dread, hearts pounding we were hooked on adrenaline out of the starting gate.

Reaching for the lower rungs of the corporate ladder we learned to hold our liquor while understanding "Whoever dies with the most toys wins."

Ascendent narcissists plundered America with leveraged buyouts.

Market forces plunder the environment through deregulation.

Observers reeling from cultural traumas question the political formula of Walter Lippman and Edward Bernays to be "purged of emotion."

Americans, taught to reformulate reality, allow unchecked aggression.

American social culture is fragmented, megalomaniacal and delusional.

200,000 acts of televised violence an American child sees before turning 18 means one thing to Arnold Schwarzenegger an actor with made-up wounds in fake wars who supports real military aggression, and another for a dismembered veteran from a real war who now leads an unimaginable life.

Cold War secrets reveal the the specific details of environmental devastation.

If the full details of:

the crazed patient hospitalized in Oak Ridge, Tennessee disappearance;

Karen Silkwood death in a car accident, and the briefcase of missing papers;

Iran-Contra documents are under legal blockades at the National Archives;

lifting of gag orders in the settlement of critical medical suits;

if buried research explaining immune system dysfunctions is released;

we will not be surprised by the compromising secrets they contain.

Before any radioactive or toxic wastes can be dumped in the deserts or the oceans, they must first pass through dozens of minds.

Secret plans are discussed, secret orders are issued, secret memos typed for secret cargo to be transported to secret destinations have to be reached.

Homeless are not dropped on the streets by a deus ex machina.

They arrive through human actions and social choices.

Nonsense urban-renewal redevelopment projects using eminent domian.

Elimination of unskilled jobs that pay enough to support an individual.

Reinstitutionalization of the mentally ill in private prisons.

From mental health experts to taxpayers nearly all are guilty of indifference.

Breaking the habits of denial is no small chore.

Purged of feeling individuals are trapped behind veil of cognitive blindness.

Political systems that force individuals to conform to industrial roles and dehumanizing lifestyles create individual suffering on a massive scale.

"True ignorance is not the absence of knowledge,
but the refusal to acquire it." - Karl Popper

"A social order that glorifies war, rewards hypercompetitiveness, restricts resources, promotes isolation and punishes those who "fail to measure up" requires the therapist to "stop using therapy sessions" to fix up the people so the system works and start fixing the system so the people can function.

One must gain necessary resources to remove self from a condition of oppression to affect not only one's own circumstances but also general circumstances outside intimate surroundings." - Thelma Jean Goodrich


The New Mind Control

Don't blame your brain for that bad decision

'Grrreat' ads can make kids loyal to brands for life

Why Are Americans So Easy to Manipulate and Control?

"People actually remember few ads.

Yet commercials have an effect nonetheless.

Even if they fail to sell a particular product, they sell consumerism itself by reiterating the idea there is a product to solve each of life' problems, existence is complete if only we buy the right things." - Alan Durning

"In the mid-1990s, studies began to suggest decision making, long held to be a prime example of reason without the interference of emotions, not only benefits from emotions, but also might require them." - Jenny Lauren Lee

A predictable living is preferable to living on the thin edge of not-life.

Individuals face confronted situations primarily through pattern matching.

Although individuals claim to reason to come to a conclusion their actual decision is based more upon a "feeling" than on a rational decision.

Assume a consumer purchases a product. The product works as advertised.

This consumer emotionally registers satisfaction with the product.

That emotional satisfaction subconsciously brands the individual.

Subconscious emotional branding creates the "correct" emotional response.

We have the "right feeling" and that right feeling induces product loyalty.

To find profit marketers must brand the product on the buyer mind.

Such efforts put the average American adult in the cross hairs of ~ 3,000 advertising messages a day, five times more than two decades ago.

Children are exposed to ~ 40,000 advertisements every year.

By the age of 18 months, they can recognize logos.

By 10, they have memorized 300 to 400 brand logos.

The average adult can recognize thousands of brand logos.

Many seemingly rational decisions are reflexive snap judgements.

consuming zombies branded !

To brand a disease: sell a cure

"We poorly understand neural influences embedded in cultural messages.

We are beginning to understand the way in which messages can gain control over our behavior." - neuroscientist Read Montague, director of the Human Neuroimaging Laboratory at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston

These orchestras of cells are surprisingly malleable, readily responding to the influence of experience.

The inescapable influence of marketing brands minds.

Brand marketing physically alters the brain structure.

Just as practicing the piano or learning to read can physically alter areas of the cerebral cortex, the intense, repetitive stimulation of marketing shapes susceptible brain circuits involved in the decision making process.

While monitoring brain activity directly observers make inquiries into consumer choice by harnessing techniques pioneered for medical diagnosis:

positron emission tomography measures brain chemical activity;

magnetic resonance imagery measures the magnetic fields of the brain;

functional magnetic resonance measures blood flow around neurons.

"Prying open the jar and seeing what is inside." - psychologist Jonathan Cohen, Princeton, Center for the Study of Brain, Mind, & Behavior

In the mind' eye, celebrity faces trigger many of the same circuits as images of shoes, cars, chairs, wristwatches, sunglasses, handbags and water bottles.

Objects and celebrity faces are reduced to a common denominator as a spasm of synapses in a part of the cortex called Brodmann's area 10, a brain region associated with a sense of identity and social image.

None of these neural responses come consciously to mind browsing brands.

Most of what is considered the product of deliberation is actually driven by automatic emotional response processes evolved to manage conflicts between sex, hunger, thirst and the other elemental appetites of survival.

In recent years, observers have discovered that regions such as the amygdala, the hippocampus and the hypothalamus work as dynamic switchboards that blend memory, emotions and biochemical triggers.

These interconnected regions of neurons shape the way fear, panic, exhilaration and social pressure influence the way choices are made.

Political beliefs trigger the same malleable circuits of reward, identity, anticipation, expectation, desire and threat that product branding does.

Lattices of neurons are linked, then continually revised, by experience.

So intimate is this feedback that there is no way to separate the brain's neural structure from the influence of the world that surrounds it.

Once observers learned to map the anatomy of behavior they realized that the brain, shaped by the interplay of genes and environment, is malleable.

Advertising is predicated on marketing but it' no trick to sell people what they want; the trick is to make people want to buy what you have to sell.

Consumers think purchasing decisions are within rational control.

Knowing they are being manipulated into making a purchase, they recoil.

Knowing ads are designed to "sell" they still think themselves immune.

People want to be entertained but refuse to see entertainment is, in fact, merely a vehicle for inducing them to purchase an advertised products.

They want the boundaries between entertainment and advertising pitches to be clearly delineated. That delineation is the last thing business wants.

Consumers of entertainment need to understand how they are manipulated.

When consumers found the remote, the videotape and TiVo they zapped commercials. Advertisers returned the volley with product placement.

In feature films deals between producers and advertisers have flourished.

Studios are paid large fees for conspicuously placing products in a scene or making brand name products part of the storyline, except as McGuffin.

The following is an actual proposal for product placement:

Dear Mr. Smith,

We are about to go into production with the motion picture, "Run, Sheep, Run", a suspense thriller, set in the city of Los Angeles, California.

If there is any interest from your company, and I'm sure there must be, the film is better than any commercial run on television or any magazine

The audience will be totally unaware of the sponsor involvement.

I would like delivery of brands and cartons of cigarettes to be used.

We would enter a contract, that upon distribution, your company, Reynolds Tobacco, would pay to our production company, the sum of $500,000.00.

If for any reason the film is not distributed, then your company is out only the time in answering my letter, and a few packages of cigarettes.

I think this protects both of us. I expect to hear from you very shortly.

Robert P. Richards 08/25/72

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