What is mass psychosis and can we recognise it?

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I took another long break from blogging as I needed to check I was sane… not that I am going to try to define ‘sane’.

I have concluded that I cannot tell, even after meeting with psychiatrist, pharmacist and peer support worker (all 3 only by phone in these strange lockdown days) and a Community Psychiatric Nurse about 7 times (at 2 metres apart, but at least in same room).

So, how about I just share some of my recent writing regardless of sanity/insanity/bipolar or any other label. This is just me sharing my thoughts this evening, firstly with some close friends and then with whoever visits and wonders about how is one bipolar-ish person getting through 2021.

Hi (7 names removed)

[Name 1 removed] Like most people I knew a fair bit about the book ‘1984’ as phrases from it are now so embedded in common speak, “newspeak” , “Big Brother”, “Room 101” – yet I did not read the book cover-to-cover until about 3 to 5 years ago (not sure when). This was also when I eventually read all of Brave New World (having read many chunks of that previously). The two dystopias seemed opposites and it seemed we were getting a mix of both. Just how much of both has been anyone’s guess, yet undeniably elements such as surveillance (1984 style) and the idea that each of us had best know where we belong in the hierarchy (BNW style) has recently become so much clearer to many of us. Reading ‘A Handmaid’s Tale’ (not recommending – just saying) I came to appreciate how quickly ‘normal’ can become ‘totally abnormal’, taking perhaps a little over a year to wipe out and replace huge swathes of what we grew up with, such as, for example, a handshake can seem dangerous.

[Name 2 removed] Over the years the videos you have shared with me from “Academy of Ideas” have always amazed me and the one you shared today is… well, it kind of answers the question I was posing along the lines of “What is mass psychosis?” It does not answer, “Who is more psychotic (although delusional/deluded may be just as good a word/idea)?” Is it us or them (especially complex when none of us really knows anything for sure and so many new ideas have been introduced by our ‘leaders’ in such a short time. Even something as simple as masks has so many… I’m going to say facets, even though that is unlikely to be the best word.

To all, Perhaps having experienced either psychosis or something-like-it several times in my life and the NHS deciding I needed to be treated because my ideas were not matching theirs (and yes, I can accept that by most people’s standards I was unwell) I can say there tends to be an urgency to it. Urgency? I have not read that book in which the children start to shout “kill the pig!” – Is that an example of urgency? In WW2 there seemed to be great urgency to implement/complete “the final solution” and Stalin did not seem to hesitate in getting rid of most of his army officers when less extreme leaders would have been turning to them for advice… I have experienced the urgency of psychotic delusions myself and I sense it now as almost all routine tasks (e.g. washing up) are on hold here, as I have come to expect a new (crazier-in-my-opinion) announcement from the government early every morning. They keep taking me by surprise, such as Moderna jab (containing mRNA) suddenly coming on-stream as an option for the under 30’s, such that they can now choose between mRNA or mRNA.. both, I believe with emulsifiers that will take it into the brain, while at very best giving them 3 months protection from viruses they are unlikely to encounter before next winter ‘flu season = zero benefit, other than perhaps a V passport.

What to do? If we believe we are closer to reality/truth (than the majority) then just talking, typing, listening, reading in an ‘echo chamber’ is not sufficient. If you can ask yourself, “Am I deep down believing none of this is really happening and will I wake from this dream soon?”, then… well, you probably will not be doing anything too drastic and continue to remain sane in the eyes of your neighbours or whoever is watching you.

I hope there are some clues in the above because this is where I am going to re-post the link shared earlier https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ojPcF-oLABE in case anyone did not see it and can spare about 11mins, then here is the one that follows on… The Mass Psychosis and the Demons of Dostoevsky – YouTube  – and add that it may be no coincidence this one was published only 9 days ago… It seems I am not the only one wondering, “How much mass psychosis is going on?”… Mass psychosis (if it a real thing at all) it has repeatedly led to some of the worst things imaginable, and perhaps frighteningly the frequency of the most extreme of these events has possibly speeded up.

Got to stop… wind down with a bit of facebook, then I find a crossword works prior to sleeping.

Take care everyone (care of self so you can care for those closest to you)

Roger

Causes of Emotional Distress – Richard Bentall’s work on-line

The Social Origins of Psychosis

Many of the presentations from the Soteria Network Conference, Derby, UK are now available on-line.

I would like to draw your attention to these slide based on 763 research reports from around the world on the causes of psychosis: The Social Origins of Psychosis from Richard Bentall and his team at Liverpool University.

Click on the link and then click on Richard Bentall – Be aware that the slides can take a minute or so to load – it is well worth the wait.

http://www.soterianetwork.org.uk/articles/index.html

It appears that emotional distress and hence what is known as mental illness is due to what happens to us, and so far as anyone can tell there is no direct link to our genes.

This probably comes as no surprise if you have been bullied and abused.

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