Thursday, February 27, 2020

MODERN EXTREMISM and the Cult of Narcissistic Control - A Psychological View into Current Social Manipulation

It's easy to see how volatile our social climate has become. Here in 2020, the American population and much of the Western world have been subjected to some of the most manipulative propaganda and distorted media narratives—possibly in history. This has now led to a major division and dysfunction within Western society.

Many citizens have benefited from this media manipulation, in that the excessive propaganda has catalyzed their awakening to the stark difference between truth and lies, fact and fiction, and accuracy vs. distortion. On the other hand, some people have fallen prey to this media manipulation and have fallen deeper under the control of corporate trickery.

In addition to media manipulation, it seems that thousands of people have altogether lost their sanity and have devolved significantly in their social conduct. Increasingly, certain social groups have begun to behave in the most irrational, violent, and destructive ways imaginable.

Could these destructive individuals all suddenly be experiencing some type of mass psycho-emotional collapse? Or has the media's extended propaganda campaign simply made these people feel comfortable acting out according to several mental disorders that these individuals already had?

This apparent social epidemic appears to have been circulating throughout Western culture for several years—particularly since the media began targeting a certain U.S. president (and all of his supporters) with endlessly negative and distorted press. The moment the media jettisoned its standards of respect, objectivity, and equality, it seems that suggestible audience members throughout the country did the exact same thing and dismissed their former ideals of upright social conduct.

It was as though certain people inexplicably began treating others with disrespect, hate, and disdain simply because the targets disagreed with their own opinions. And all that was needed for these aggressors to begin acting this way was the excuse that someone else did it first.

Here in the year 2020, the society that is supposedly more advanced than any other society on the planet can't muster basic respect for differences of opinion. When discussing any major or popular subject, any amount of disagreement is taken by some as an unforgivable offense. Yet for those of us who can remember more than three years into the past, we realize this has never been the case—at least not in the United States.

As sensible, mature people, we know that everyone thinks, speaks, and behaves differently according to their own personal choice. Everyone has their own viewpoints and ways of evaluating the world, and this standard of individuality has been foundational within free and developed societies. However, our present society seems to have dismissed this standard of freedom of choice entirely.

At present, to disagree with certain people or to behave in ways which these controlling individuals disapprove of is considered unforgivable and may even warrant threats and/or physical violence against those who dare to think for themselves or act on their own accord. It's as though amoral and unethical behavior is no longer frowned upon and instead, to use one's personal freedom is considered the ultimate sin.

The Professional Perspective

With all of the apparent societal chaos, we may be wondering just why the world of professional psychology has been so inexplicably silent on these issues. One would think that if such blatant problems exist in society, the psych professionals would be lining up to offer their assessments of the situation. But they haven't.

We can't say for certain why the psych sciences have been so quiet over the past several years, but we can be grateful that not all of these professionals have remained absent from such important discourse.

Dr. Ramani Durvasula is one of several psychologists that have dared to name the issues that plague modern society. Though she does not link these issues directly with any specific modern social group, her professional knowledge offers a profound level of insight into many current problems in society.

Source: MedCircle - YouTube

Modern-Day Whack-tivism

When we attempt to understand our present societal situation, many of these topics tend to jump out at us in a big way. While listening to this practical discussion about mental and developmental disorders, it becomes extremely clear that untold numbers of people may be suffering due to such disorders in a very public way—both here in the West and around the world.

In many ways, it seems that modern-day activism has lost its way completely. It's as though traditional productive activism has been replaced by largely destructive initiatives spearheaded by those who show symptoms of severe personality and developmental disorders.

This is not to demonize anyone simply because they may have a mental disorder. But when these disorders are left unchecked, untreated, and are allowed to lead entire societies in destructive directions, this is not only grossly irresponsible but can easily regress a society toward equally dysfunctional states.

Defining Disorders

The following excerpts come from the online magazine, Psychology Today, and offer a general explanation for each of the terms which Dr. Durvasula discusses. Afterward, we will address the possible reasons why these topics have been strangely annexed from current public discourse and the possible results of this irresponsible ignorance upon our society.


The DSM-5 defines narcissistic personality disorder as a pervasive pattern of grandiosity in fantasy or behavior, a need for admiration, and a lack of empathy, beginning in early adulthood and present in a variety of contexts, as indicated by five (or more) of the following behavioral patterns:
  1. Has a grandiose sense of self-importance (e.g., exaggerates achievements and talents, expects to be recognized as superior without commensurate achievements).
  2. Is preoccupied with fantasies of unlimited success, power, brilliance, beauty, or ideal love.
  3. Believes that he or she is “special” and unique and can only be understood by, or should associate with, other special or high-status people (or institutions).
  4. Requires excessive admiration.

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1. Grandiose Narcissism

Grandiose narcissism is characterized by extraversion, low neuroticism and overt expressions of feelings of superiority and entitlement. Owing to their grandiosity, they believe that they are somehow above the rest of us, and that they, therefore, are entitled to special treatment. In their view, our job is to cater to their needs. They are true egomaniacs.

2. Malignant Narcissism

Why is the behavior of malignant narcissism often considered dangerous?

Individuals with this profile can form connections with others. However, they process information in ways that can hurt society in general, but also the people who love or depend on them. Family, co-workers, employees, and others in their lives often have to walk on eggshells to appease a fragile ego and minimize the occurrence of their unstable, impulsive, or aggressive behaviors.

They lash out or humiliate others for infractions of even the most frivolous nature (for example, you gave an opinion that differed from theirs; you demonstrated confidence, and it made them look bad; you told a joke that involved poking fun at them).

For some, their grandiosity and protection of their fragile "true self" can be at such extreme levels that they will lie and give the impression that simply because they say it, that makes it reality. Many will become angered if their lies are challenged with truth or facts. Of course, this can create problems for the people close to them, as this pattern of behavior can easily veer into gaslighting.

3. Covert Narcissism or 'Vulnerable Narcissism'

Vulnerable narcissism reflects introversive self-absorbedness, high neuroticism, hypersensitivity even to gentle criticism, and a constant need for reassurance. As Dr. Craig Malkin points out in Rethinking Narcissism, vulnerable narcissists “are just as convinced that they’re better than others as any other narcissist, but they fear criticism so viscerally that they shy away from, and even seem panicked by, people and attention” (p. 34).

4. Communal Narcissist

Surprisingly, while this narcissist shares characteristics with the other two—these are all people who continuously seek to validate their self-perceived grandiosity, esteem, entitlement, and power—this type focuses on promoting him or herself through commitment to others, communal goals, and the supposed ability to listen and connect. Yes, this is very counterintuitive (aren’t narcissists supposed to be out for themselves?), but a strong case has been made for these supposed do-gooder types. Here is how Malkin explains them in his book:

"[T]hey regard themselves as especially nurturing, understanding, and empathic. They proudly announce how much they give to charity or how little they spend on themselves. They trap you in a corner at a party and whisper excitedly about how thoughtful they’ve been to their grieving next-door neighbor. That’s me—I’m a born listener! They believe themselves better than the rest of humanity, but cherish their status as givers, not takers."

Borderline Personality Disorder

People with BPD, originally thought to be at the "border" of psychosis and neurosis, suffer from difficulties with emotion regulation. While less well known than schizophrenia or bipolar disorder, BPD affects 2 percent of adults. People with BPD exhibit high rates of self-injurious behavior, such as cutting and elevated rates of attempted and completed suicide.

Impairment from BPD and suicide risk are greatest in the young-adult years and tend to decrease with age. BPD is more common in women than in men, with 75 percent of cases diagnosed among women.

People with borderline personality disorder often need extensive mental health services and account for 20 percent of psychiatric hospitalizations. Yet, with help, the majority stabilize and lead productive lives.
  • Efforts to avoid real or imagined abandonment.
  • Intense bouts of anger, depression, or anxiety that may last only hours or, at most, a few days. These may be associated with episodes of impulsive aggression, self-injury, and drug or alcohol abuse.
  • Distortions in thoughts and sense of self can lead to frequent changes in long-term goals, career plans, jobs, friendships, identity, and values. Sometimes people with BPD view themselves as fundamentally bad or unworthy. They may feel bored, empty, or unfairly misunderstood or mistreated, and they have little idea who they are.
  • Recurrent suicidal behavior.
  • Transient, stress-related paranoid thinking, or dissociation ("losing touch" with reality).

These explanations of the disorders in question only represent a small portion of their true definitions. The descriptions tend to vary depending upon which source we consult. This is why it can be helpful to frequent a variety of sources so as to gain a broader understanding of each condition.

The Real-World Issue

Perhaps the strangest aspect of the apparent widespread influence of narcissism (and possibly other mental disorders) in modern social movements is how well these disorders seem to assist the various questionable movements in achieving their dysfunctional agendas. In fact, many of these haphazard and dysfunctional movements, though they propose benevolent and philanthropic intentions, actually seem to be designed to appeal specifically to narcissists, sociopaths, and others with personality imbalances. But how might this be achieved?

Narcissists and psychopaths are naturally inclined to seek power over others. This typically leads many of these individuals to become CEOs, top corporate executives, and some of the most influential power-brokers in society (though any position of influencelarge or smallis typically preferred by these individuals). With this in mind, let's ask ourselves a question. If these elitist power-brokers somehow desired to increase their power and influence over others, and they didn't care so much how their agenda affected the rest of the population, how might they go about accomplishing this goal?

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Under normal, healthy circumstances, a society will typically function in direct accordance with natural order. The ideals of family, fairness, personal freedom, non-aggression, and overall balance with (and respect for) natural order are typically included within the moral code of the naturally oriented society. (This is why we find these societal norms common within enduring indigenous cultures around the world.)

If the elitists intended to control society outside of this natural order, they would need to increasingly separate societal norms from those of nature until the whole of the population was largely dependent upon artificial solutions to every issue they faced. Therefore, the elitist agenda would ultimately be designed to create the greatest amount of dependency upon the elitists/oligarchs as the sole controllers of all natural and societal resources.

By usurping nature as the model for healthy living, a narcissistic/psychopathic group of power brokers could place themselves at the top of society as the sole providers for all societal requirements. Yet, if the public were made aware of such a plan, no healthy or intelligent person would likely agree with the agenda. However, this plan might be much more agreeable for those who shared similar manipulative character traits as the elitistsnamely, other narcissists, sociopaths, psychopaths, and those with BPD. These characteristics would also allow certain people to gain lower positions of power and influence in society and to play their own manipulative games within the power structure of the elite.

If there were such an elitist plan and there was such a social group of mentally unhealthy people who sought to benefit from this plan, what might this social group look like?

Here are a few examples of characteristics we might expect to see from destructive activists within the lower echelons of the elitist-controlled society.

Deep-seated insecurity/Emotional fragility: These individuals claim to want progressive change in the world but lack the capacity to withstand simple intellectual disagreement. The ego is so fragile in these individuals that they require isolation from the "threat" of alternative opinions (echo chambers).

Communal Narcissism: People often publicly declaring their good deeds and moral integrity in front of large audiences (virtue signaling).

Excessive hypocrisy and double standards: Double standards are commonly applied between those who agree with the group mentality/perspective (often communally narcissisticand those who don't. Hefty social restrictions are placed upon everyone who is not a member of the group, but none of these rules apply to faithful members.

Elitism: The illusion of superiority is promoted for members of the group while everyone who does not conform to communal ideals is degraded, abused, and denigrated.

Imbalanced empathy: The tendency to over-identify with the emotions of people who agree with them, and to be empathically absent when dealing with those who disagree with them in any way. An example might involve a person claiming to fight for the less fortunate without knowing or caring about the people they're attempting to help.

Gross emotional immaturity: The tendency to behave like infants/toddlers and to throw tantrums when a person doesn't get their way.

Position of entitlement: Members feel they deserve recognition, resources, and acknowledgment without actually earning or accomplishing anything.

Victim mentality: The tendency to view themselves as victims in every situation and to use that false victimhood as justification to attack those who disagree with or oppose their agenda.

Reflexive projection: People regularly avoid responsibility for their negative actions and often project their own flaws, failures, and wrongdoing onto their perceived oppressors.

A strong tendency toward violence and rage: Members see violence as a suitable solution to societal problems and believe it necessary even though they are in no evident danger. Since victimhood is the default mindset, physical violence is always seen as defensive and justified regardless of the target or situation.

Again, these are the same characteristics as those which we previously discussed and help to further define the disorders which Dr. Durvasula noted in her discussion.

If we've been paying attention, we may have noticed that all of the above characteristics are prevalent in destructive modern-day activism. It seems that in many cases, the loudest groups protesting and causing civil unrest are usually led by people who display overt symptoms of untreated mental and developmental disorders. Yet instead of members being encouraged to treat these disorders, these communities will often condone violence, hyper-emotional outbursts, antisocial behavior, and outright crimes against innocent bystanders. 

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When the deeds of these individuals are exposed, the perpetrators are typically sheltered by their peers so that they can continue (and often escalate) their amoral acts uninterrupted.

These troubled individuals are typically sheltered by the corporate media establishment (and often by questionable authorities), and these conditions appear to be incubating dysfunctional behavior within these groups and allowing members to act out in increasingly unhealthy, imbalanced, and destructive ways.

This issue of violent protesting and dysfunctional activism is just one example of what can happen when mental/developmental disorders go untreated and becomes the central contributor to social and/or political movements. This standard of illness is actually only a small part of a bigger formula that has historically been used by oligarchs and elitists to gradually gain control over large populations to implement a fascist regime (typically socialist or communist in nature). And naturally, in many of these cases, it is typically those with the greatest mental illness and disorder who fail to notice the danger of such plans and unknowingly acquiesce to them.

There is actually a known methodology for how these elitists have warped and lured modern society away from nature and toward a standard that serves the elitists only. To learn more about this method, see the 1963 document entitled, "Communist Goals for Taking Over America."

Positive Activism

In stark contrast to the commonplace negative activism, there are currently numerous examples here in the U.S. of ordinary citizens doing amazing things and reminding the country what positive constructive activism looks like.

Several of these examples were set by activist, Scott Presler, who has organized several cleanup efforts in multiple cities including Baltimore, MA and Los Angeles, CA. These volunteer efforts included dozens of people doing what they could to make their cities and country a better place for everyone. Scott also happens to be a conservative who supports President Trump, and this has caused the media to receive his volunteer efforts in less-than-good spirits.

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Not long after these generous acts began did several destructive efforts arise to oppose simple community service. Apparently, there were crowds of people who claimed to take offense to their cities being cleaned up and trash being removed. Some even claimed that the volunteers were racist and that this was the reason they were serving their communities in this way.

Additionally, the corporate media did all they could to demonize this community service largely because its participants disagreed with negative political narratives about the U.S. Yet regardless of any resistance to these constructive efforts, these helpful citizens showed a positive example in a societal climate where true demonstrable benevolence has been in short supply.

The Takeaway

The issues of mental illness have been placed at the forefront of societal change in the Western world. It's not that these issues are receiving proper attention, but that those who have conditions such as narcissism, borderline personality disorder, sociopathy, and psychopathy appear to fuel the majority of the dysfunctional social movements we see today. As these individuals form groups, they have a tendency to further attract members with similar dysfunctions as themselves, and together these groups have the ability to cause multiple problems in society.

To restate, this is not to shame anyone who struggles with issues of mental health, but to reiterate the fact that mental illness, when allowed to control the course of societal change, can cause untold amounts of damage. And historically speaking, this damage by compromised crowds of ignorant and unstable people are used by elitists as a tool to achieve exactly that.

In order to resolve our situation, it may be necessary to reestablish the constructive cultural norms which originally prevented unhealthy people from controlling social narratives in the first place. These are the cultural and moral norms that existed before any elitist interests attempted to take control of society by separating us from natural design and degrading our societal standards down to nothing. Perhaps when we regain sanity and balance in society, we can then choose a more healthy trajectory of progress in better alignment with health, natural order, and freedom.
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