Send a Tweet
Most Popular Choices
Share on Facebook Share on Twitter 1 Printer Friendly Page More Sharing
OpEdNews Op Eds    H2'ed 9/28/18

Psychologist Roy Eidelson on Political Mind Games & The Kavanaugh File (VIDEO)

By       (Page 1 of 1 pages)   1 comment
Follow Me on Twitter     Message Egberto Willies
Become a Fan
  (17 fans)

Dr. Roy Eidelson deconstructs the pathology of what is occurring with Kavanaugh. And it is deeper than what most understand.

Dr. Roy Eidelson is a psychologist and the author of the book POLITICAL MIND GAMES: How the 1% Manipulate Our Understanding of What's Happening, What's Right, and What's Possible. He uses the Brett Kavanaugh hearing to illustrate how the Plutocracy plays political games to maintain power over us all. He wrote an essay titled "Political Mind Games: The Kavanaugh File" that points out their techniques.

When it comes to preserving their extraordinary wealth and power, the 1% count on manipulating the public's understanding of what's happening, what's right, and what's possible. My research shows that their favorite "mind games"often target our doubts and concerns in five domains: vulnerability (Are we safe?), injustice (Are we being treated fairly?), distrust (Who can we trust?), superiority (Are we good enough?), and helplessness (Can we control what happens to us?).

One-percenters are most accustomed to using deceitful yet psychologically persuasive appeals to control the narrative about big-picture issues ranging from domestic policy to national security. But in recent days, we've seen them turn to the same playbook in an effort to quell the controversy generated by Dr. Christine Blasey Ford's credible allegations of sexual assault against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. Let's consider several examples.

Dr. Eidlelson explains his essay in detail in the video. Understanding the techniques they use to maintain control is essential if we are to change the direction of this country where the one percent takes more and more.

Eidelson ends his piece with the following prescient paragraph.

Other manipulative mind games also tap into issues of vulnerability, injustice, distrust, superiority, and helplessness. But these five examples should be sufficient to demonstrate a key point. There are striking and disturbing parallels between the 1%'s broad, ongoing assault on our democracy and their targeted maneuvers aimed at overcoming serious, legitimate questions about Brett Kavanaugh's suitability for the Supreme Court. In both the war and the battle, they know that psychologically compelling appeals to our core concerns can carry the day--even when they're as flimsy as a conman's promises. That is unless we're ready for them.

Listen to the interview and read the article. It puts much into perspective.

Must Read 3   Supported 2   Valuable 2  
Rate It | View Ratings

Egberto Willies Social Media Pages: Facebook Page       Twitter Page       Linked In Page       Instagram Page

Egberto WilliesEgberto Willies is a political activist, author, political blogger, radio show host, business owner, software developer, web designer, and mechanical engineer in Kingwood, TX. Egberto is an ardent Liberal that believes tolerance is essential. His favorite phrase is "political involvement should be a requirement for citizenship". He believes that we must get away from the current policies that reward those who simply move money/capital and produce nothing tangible for our society. If a change in policy does not occur, America will be no different than many oligarchic societies where a few are able to (more...)
Go To Commenting
The views expressed herein are the sole responsibility of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of this website or its editors.
Follow Me on Twitter     Writers Guidelines

Contact AuthorContact Author Contact EditorContact Editor Author PageView Authors' Articles
Support OpEdNews

OpEdNews depends upon can't survive without your help.

If you value this article and the work of OpEdNews, please either Donate or Purchase a premium membership.

If you've enjoyed this, sign up for our daily or weekly newsletter to get lots of great progressive content.
Daily Weekly     OpEd News Newsletter
   (Opens new browser window)

Most Popular Articles by this Author:     (View All Most Popular Articles by this Author)

Trump Effect: TV Producer to neighbor 'Your son is dating a f*cking n**ger'

What happens when Trump supporters realize they've been had?

This is how one responds to Right Wing Hacks in Real Time - Good job Don Lemon

Black & brown people joining 2nd Amendment Movement may save America

Trump Effect: New Kingwood, TX business model: Lawn Care by 'White People' U.S. Citizens (VIDEO)

O'Donnell turns Trump stunt into GOP excoriation & Democratic narrative win (VIDEO)

To View Comments or Join the Conversation:

Tell A Friend