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Paranoia – When the line becomes blurry

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In most schools of psychology, paranoia is a disorder where one holds a belief that one is being persecuted, the victim of a conspiracy or in some kind of danger when, in fact, they are not.

Excessive anxiety or fear are thought to be two contributing factors to paranoia but there could be additional spiritual and transpersonal factors which mainstream psychiatry almost entirely overlooks.¹

Among analytical psychologists, paranoia is believed to be sometimes accompanied with inflation, in which the ego overly identifies with archetypal contents.

Within pop culture and the media, the term might not always be used correctly because some hold naïve views about or blatantly conceal shady personal and political agendas.²

Some pundits have been saying that we live in a “culture of fear,” especially during the Reagan and Bush eras. Apparently a wealthy and powerful few manipulate the media to try to generate just enough social paranoia to justify political acts (like war) or to boost sales for products that alleviate fear-related issues.

These critics maintain that the rich and powerful do not want to create too much fear. If they did, society might become paralyzed or chaotic, which definitely would not advance political agendas and corporate profits.

Reality, however, is often far more complex and open-ended than tidy conspiracy theories, making this view seem simplistic (but not unworthy of consideration).

Turn to 2017 and the persistent reality of global violence. The “culture of fear” theme is quickly losing ground to more recent tropes like Fake News, Climate Deniers, and Russian Spying. These are the latest media bad guys. And in a few years, there will undoubtedly be a new trendy list of public villains for popular news outlets to explore and discuss ad nauseam.

Sometimes actual cases of paranoia develop in highly intelligent, prominent personalities.

For instance, the Austria–Hungary (now Czech Republic) born mathematician, logician and philosopher Kurt Gödel (1906-1978) starved himself to death in later years. Fearing that his food would be poisoned, Gödel wouldn’t eat anything that his wife didn’t prepare for him. After his wife was hospitalized for six months, he refused to eat and simply wasted away to die.

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In 1978 the New Wave band Devo released a popular song “Too Much Paranoia.” And in the realm of the paranormal, some believers in extraterrestrial mind control wear tin foil hats to apparently block evil aliens from controlling people through ESP.

To outside observers, wearing tin foil hats seems a pretty clear case of irrational behavior arising from paranoia.³

¹ See https://epages.wordpress.com/2017/06/15/do-you-hear-voices-why-spirituality-and-transpersonal-psychology-are-so-often-overlooked/

² See psychcrime.org and mindhacks.com

³ Not to say that ETs necessarily do not exist. Probably nobody knows for sure. But to think that tin foil would protect a person against meddling ETs with advanced technologies seems absurd.

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Psychopathy (also called sociopathy)

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The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde poster (Wikipedia)

A psychopath – also called a sociopath – is an individual with no regard for ethics who displays little or no emotional response in harming others or being harmed. These individuals habitually lie, cheat, engage in antisocial and even criminal behavior. They also manipulate, exploit, betray and break hearts but feel no shame, guilt or remorse in the process.

Psychopaths are cold, callous and often chillingly clever. They may, for instance, take a spouse and even have children just to look normal, fit in to society and get away with depraved schemes. In espionage, this may also apply to hostile spies from another country who take an indigenous wife in their new country of residence to fortify their cover. Psychopaths often sense another person’s feelings but, unlike the empath, use their ability to manipulate and exploit.

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This screenshot shows Ingrid Bergman as she is pleading with Dr. Jekyll (Wikipedia)

According to Freud, the psychopath has a strong id and an overdeveloped ego, which together overshadow the superego. More recently, Declan Murphy and a team of psychiatric researchers in the UK suggest that neural activity in the emotional centers of the psychopath’s brain is minimal.

Many attribute violence in the media as a contributing factor that might push a borderline personality into full psychopathy. But psychopathy isn’t just about violent crimes. Participants in the Enron scandal, for instance, could be seen as psychopathic.

Some theorists associate psychopathy and hate but these two characteristics are not necessarily linked. Psychopaths simply don’t feel remorse, guilt nor shame. And it’s unclear whether this is caused by a deeply repressed hate that emerges in twisted forms or, on the other hand, some genetic trait that renders the psychopath callous and uncaring.

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1920 movie poster for 1920 American film Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (Wikipedia)

An article at www.abc.net.au claims that psychopath managers at the workplace are as common as 1 in 10.¹ We should remember, however, that the term psychopath is a concept, one not necessarily 100 percent present in reality. Some individuals, for instance, may exhibit many of the characteristics of a textbook psychopath 99.9% of the time but also display genuine caring 0.1% of the time.

Wikipedia reminds us that the concept of psychopathy has historical roots, has undergone changes and currently has different meanings:

The definition of psychopathy has varied significantly throughout the history of the concept; different definitions continue to be used that are only partly overlapping and sometimes appear contradictory.²

¹ “Corporate Psychopaths,” Catalyst, Reporter: Jonica Newby, Producer: Louise Heywood, Researcher: Jonica Newby, May 5, 2005.

² https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Psychopathy

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The Science Of The Commercial Media & Society

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With the rise in the monitory, political, social & advertising power of the commercial media, journalistic integrity & professional presentation of news & information has gone out the back in society. Integrity & professional standards are not underlying values in its industry anymore, turning news into soap opera’s, closet gossip, celebrity worship & product showcase time are. Along with the monopoly of money, power & greed underwriting its out of control industry. Those all-consuming entropy creating qualities, when they go out of control in powerful business organizations, become contagious & rampant in society. They also dissolve the positive qualities of integrity, honesty, harmony, mature reporting & professionalism…that should underwrite all communication mediums. To then be replaced by lip service, superficiality, self-aggrandizement, self-promotion, sensationalism, checkbook journalism, shock-jocks, corruption, abuse of power, the tabloids, gutter press, glossy product magazines and hubris in overdrive to round it off. Not to forget to mention multimillion television commercials, that put Hollywood to shame in their extravagance & costing. To inevitably be factored into the retail price & paid for by the consumer when purchasing its product. It would be interesting to know, how much the accelerating ‘cost of advertising’ adds to the accelerating ‘cost of living’ in affluent consumer driven Nations.

Note: What is worse, is that society unknowingly becomes infected with its saturated commercial driven superficial values…especially children, teenagers & young adults yet to reach maturity. As a accumulative result, society takes a nose dive on the ladder of social evolution without realizing it. Anything scandalous, seedy, unsavory, sexually stimulating & controversial in society, become the opportunistic tool of the commercial media to generate news and give the public what it wants…namely more of the dysfunctional same. By manipulating the facts & sensationally distorting its information to generate more 24/7 news, interspersed with products, celebrities and more television & radio advertising revenue of course. That is the sorry state of the immature all-powerful commercial media in the 21st century, that has been called progress & creating prosperity by those in the driving seat. Along with others allowing it to happen in society to fuel the economy. But, at what price to the psychological well-being of society. Because saturated advertising, is a form of brainwashing the vulnerable human mind with its superficial reality. As a result, the unsustainable ‘consumer age’ comes alive and so do the entropy creating wrong values driving its reality in Nations.

Q: So if things have got that bad in the media, how come no one is sounding the alarm bells in society.

A: To understand that lack of concern in society, we have to consider the following logical statements and connect its information to the question.

1. As a social species and one of many, we are instinctively driven to ‘follow the leader’ for preservation purposes. All social species in the animal kingdom, are underwritten by that survival code embedded in our shared primordial genes. That instinct, is one of numerable natural laws underwriting the process of evolution. Laws that flow through the biology & chemistry of a social species to enable it to survive & evolve.

2. The pecking order prevalent in all social species, is yet another survival code (natural law) at work in our universal genes. That reflects as the creation of social status and hierarchical organizations in human society. Again, that have evolved for its social survival. Linked to the Intelligence underwriting the universal phenomenon of evolution in all species…. not just the human being. A logical conclusion, that indicates all life has a yet to be uncovered common denominator of universal Intelligence underwriting its individual life-form. When life goes out of sync with that universal Intelligence…that we have called Nature, its evolution becomes interrupted and it faces the possibility of extinction in the process. A point of logic, that we fail to understand or want to understand as human beings.

3. The archetypal intelligence responsible for born natural leadership skills, can be called the charismatic alpha gene. It is instrumental in the workings of the above two survival codes, to facilitate their survival function and process in society. Learned leadership skills are just that, they are not natural and therefore do not have the primordial magnetism of the genuine article. A born leader, is the term we use to describe its natural phenomena.

Faroe stamp 430 The First Human Beings

Faroe stamp 430 The First Human Beings (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

4. All social species have a pecking order and a natural leader of the pack…the dominant alpha. This is the key to understanding the never-ending power games in human society, in the instinctive quest of the dominant alpha to be leader of the pack. We call this primordial instinct ‘ambition’ and it drives what we call competition & winning fueled by the ego. Those that have acquired that social status & power…by fair means or foul, naturally influence & even control societies direction, expression & reality. Like the pecking order instinct in a social species, it is a natural primordial driven universal phenomenon, not unnatural.

Note: What is unnatural, is that the sophisticated human species, is the only predatory species where this survival instinct goes out of control and corrupts society in the process. A re-occurring nemesis in society, when the dominant alpha with poor quality consciousness, succumbs to megalomania, bullying, vindictiveness & skullduggery, to achieve their aims and comply with its instinct. King of the castle, is a much prized and instinctive pursued desire of the dominant alpha in human society. It culminates in obtaining the triple elixir of adulation, power over others and the mandate to press all the buttons and make things happen in society. What more could life offer than that…especially in the political, big business, entertainment & media affairs of mankind.

5. With the above survival codes embedded in our genes, it is natural for human beings to follow leaders/celebrities/winners in any field of activity in society. The more acclaimed, saturated, revered and worshiped they become, the more power is generated out of those survival codes (natural laws) to influence the reality & direction of others. This Nature sourced & driven survival phenomena, produces what can be called ‘Synchronicity of Consciousness’ in a species. Where the part influences the whole and the whole becomes the influence of the part to lead its direction. Flocks of birds preparing to migrate, locusts swarming in plague mode, the synchronous action of schools of fish to escape a predator, is this obvious natural survival instinct in action across the species.

Note: Human beings once drawn to worship kings & queens in the past…and now, worshiping new age media fueled celebrities, winners & artists in the present, is this instinctive process in action. The invisible power of hypnosis, also has its primordial basis in this phenomena of the law of ‘Synchronicity of Consciousness. Along with the instant spread of teenage fads and other sudden mass hysteria appearing in society. A phenomenon that marketing & advertising geniuses may not understand, but certainly put to dysfunctional psychological use in selling products and exploiting the vulnerability of the human mind. Surely it is time for society, to come out of its physical only reality and understand the logical Intelligence that must underwrite life, Nature & its evolution…especially science. Then it will understand, what it currently places in the too hard basket and refuses to understand.

6. Human beings are not born equal in any shape or form. The archetypal intelligence that manifests as the physical biology & chemistry of life, is of varying ratio in all the physiological components of life…including the mind. That is why no human being is exactly identical and why, some have stronger instincts and natural abilities that set them apart from the rest in society. The specific archetypal intelligence (gene) responsible for any inherent ability, is due to the quality of that specific archetypal intelligence found highly concentrated in that gene. Thus the individual is born with that concentrated archetypal blueprint in its physiology…including the I.Q. capacity of the mind.

7. The I.Q. capacity of the mind and its born gifts & talents that society worships, has nothing to do with the ‘quality of consciousness’ of the mind. A variable quality across the ranks of society that again, we are born with and is a indication in its altruistic expression, of how evolved the human being is on the ladder of evolution. How the individual expresses itself in its desires, ambitions, direction and interaction with others in life, is an indicator of the plus or minus ‘quality of consciousness’ of a human being. Thus physical I.Q. & quality of consciousness, are two different equations operating in the life of a human being. One is bound to the lower physical component of life and the other bound to the higher spiritual & abstract component of life and evolution. They are never in sync, when the influence of greed, abuse of power, megalomania, corruption, sexual degradation & delusion, dominate the direction of society.

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Society (Photo credit: Rétrofuturs (Hulk4598) / Stéphane Massa-Bidal)

The point to be made: The ‘quality of consciousness’ of a leader…or organization, needs to be the deciding factor in shaping the publics choice of following them or not. Not how talented or super intelligent they are. Not how rich they have become. Not how media worshiped they have become. Not how powerful they have become and definitely not, how charismatic, eloquent, good looking and sexy they are. Until society can intuitively identify (and not through the commercial media) the ‘quality of conscious’ of its innumerable leaders, they will always be on shaky ground with their choice. A wrong choice, that always comes back to bite society in one entropy creating form or another to retard its further evolution. As with the saturation of the poor quality of consciousness underwriting the all-powerful commercial media and its television, radio, newspaper & magazine subsidiaries. That have now acquired the monopoly power to create & direct the reality, direction & expression of society.

To sum up: Human beings are instinctively compelled to not only follow the leader, but become a part of the leaders reality & expression through following them…especially when immaturely worshiping them. When afflicted with poor quality of consciousness (that we call immaturity & self-serving) the mind only functions out of the insular ego and not the full potential of the mind. The primordial function of the ego is self-preservation. It has evolved to protect the conscious mind of the individual and reinforce its created identity & sense of self. When trapped in the primitive survival functions of the ego, the mind becomes self-centered and self-absorbed in the instinct driven requirements of the ego. In that entrapment, it is not possible to function naturally & maturely for the good of the whole of society…only give it lip service out of very intelligent minds. When the wrong people get the job of leading society in any field of societies expression, chaos out of order comes to society down the track of time. This entropy phenomena has been previously explained in the article, Order Out Of Chaos.

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Postscript: About the original question posed to the reader to answer

If the mind wants to understand the information in this Article, the question will be answered in the process. If the mind does not want to understand that information, then the mind does not want to understand it and the question will go unanswered. That is a loss not a gain out of reading it.

Explanation: This is one of the problems with introducing new ideas & knowledge in society…especially to science. The current rightful holders of the mantle of all scientific proven knowledge in society. A well earned status and reputation from years of study, research and dedication. Unfortunately, many become lost to the outside world through years of studious study on one particular science discipline and little else. Anything that is outside of the sphere of their specific discipline and its learning, is not allowed to intrude. It is not proven and therefore is not trusted to be of any relevance and must be dismissed, to protect the validity of existing acquired scientific knowledge and the established status it brings. So the denial and sometime vehement opposition (rudeness) that comes out of denial, has nothing to do with the I.Q. of science…that exceeds most in society. The problem lies with maturity and the instinctive protective workings of the ego.

Clarification: Maturity comes with experience of the world at large and through interaction with everything in it. When the mind becomes lost in one single objective in life, it becomes lost to everything else and runs the risk of losing out to the development of maturity, emotions, life-experience & social skills…and many other necessary learning curves to be fully functional. The other main problem…especially with society, is the survival instinct to resist change linked to the fear of the unknown. To attempt to change the existing established status quo in society and its way of life, automatically brings great resistance from many in its population. They will naturally defend it and sometimes attack vehemently, anything that threatens that established status quo.

Note: We are not alone in that phenomenon, most predatory social species will respond this way when something new and strange is introduced into their established way of life & habitat. Not surprising really, these evolved survival instincts (laws) have been with us and other social animals, insects & fish for millions of biological years…evolving from the first primary cell of life onwards in logical fact. Further up the ladder of human evolution, primordial instincts become understood (along with the ego & emotions) and the mind & thought process, adjusts to not becoming a unconscious instinctive slave to them. The individual that has accomplished that, always thinks first before speaking. That is its obvious visible mature trait in human society.

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McLuhan, Marshall Herbert

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Marshall Herbert McLuhan (1911-80) was a Canadian cultural theorist born in Edmonton, Alberta.

McLuhan founded the University of Toronto‘s Centre for Culture and Technology (1963) and became something of an intellectual pop star in Canada and beyond.

While his phrase “the medium is the message” is widely known, few seem to understand just what it means.

Most interpret McLuhan as saying, however, that media form rather than content determines a message’s impact and significance.

For instance, the medium of television (i.e. audio-visual transmission of ideas and moving images) involves the viewer in an entirely different manner than the medium of a light bulb (i.e. visual transmission of light), a printed book (i.e. visual transmission of ideas and possibly static images), a photograph (i.e. visual transmission of a static image) or a radio (i.e. audio transmission of ideas and music).

McLuhan has been criticized for minimizing the importance of media content (e.g. information and ideas) at the expense of its mode of transmission, and also for not adequately addressing the role of social power in the media.

Perhaps his greatest insight was his visionary claim that, due to technology, we live in a so-called “Global Village.” This idea was forwarded well before the invention and success of the internet (along with e-mail, instant messaging, chat rooms, blog comments, videocalls, Facebook, Twitter and YouTube), now a daily reality for many people.

McLuhan also believed that technology is an extension of the body and that the media shapes entire communities. With the advent of organically based computer processors, virtual realityheadsets, microchip pet tracing and medical implants, we can only guess just how deeply into the body technology will penetrate.

His main works are The Gutenberg Galaxy (1962) and The Medium is the Message (1967).

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