The Psychology Behind the COVID Pandemic

Republished from Mercola

Understanding the Psychology Behind the COVID Pandemic (mercola.com)

This post is certainly one of the most important posts today. It applies to climate as much as it applies to COVID. Our greater threat is Mass Psychosis that can lead to totalitarianism. This post describes the details and how we must act to defeat it. – Ed

Dr. Ed’s summary

The threat greater than COVID and Climate

Mass formation psychosis” explains how the Germans accepted the atrocities by the Nazi party in the 1930s, and why now, so many support medical apartheid and the destruction of the unvaccinated.

Today, a new “mass formation psychosis” has converted a large segment of the population into psychosis.

Mass Formation leads to Totalitarianism

Mass formation psychosis is irrational and inhumane, and it can lead to totalitarianism.

In a dictatorship, people comply because they fear the dictator. Under totalitarianism, mass formation psychosis gives the regime extreme power over the individual. Delusional people in this hypnotic trance voluntarily destroy their own families, their lives, themselves, along with their stated enemy.

Totalitarianism requires a common enemy that must be obliterated. The enemy is the “cause” for the peoples’ fear and anxiety. Under totalitarian rule, that enemy is anyone who dissents from the totalitarianism cause. Your choice becomes join them or die.

The unmasked, unvaccinated, and climate realists are the enemy.

Before the pandemic, people were obsessed with human-caused climate change. During the pandemic, people became obsessed with the virus. Those most obsessed with climate change become those most obsessed with the virus.

People everywhere thought, read, and talked about the virus exclusively. This singular obsession put much of the population into a hypnotic-like state.

This hypnotic-like state is like hypnotism where people also lose their rational thought and judgment. These people cannot understand climate truth.

Entities that can benefit financially or gain power from global totalitarianism assisted this psychological operation.

Mass formation psychosis is dangerous because its mental intoxication makes delusional people do things that are wrong and immoral, if they believe it’s for the greater good.

Their narrative is,

If everyone would just get the experimental jab, COVID would vanish, and everyone could go back to feeling safe again. If everyone would help us stop CO2 emissions and support green energy, the world would be safe again.

It makes no sense, it’s irrational, inhumane and unscientific, but those in mass formation psychosis believe it’s just that simple, and that’s why some wish death on the unmasked or unvaccinated or unbelievers in their version of climate change.

Masses of people become profoundly gullible and self-destructive, which is a frightening combination.

Like Star Trek’s BORG. Once in, you can’t escape. The BORG controls your mind. And if you are not prepared, resistance is futile.

Totalitarianism is a much worse than the virus.

Losing control to Bill Gates, the World Economic Forum, BlackRock, and Vanguard is far worse than the virus for you and your children.

You CAN break their hypnotic focus if you can refocus their attention on something that’s of even greater concern to them.

The bad news is it can be hell while it lasts, as totalitarianism almost always leads to heinous atrocities being committed in the name of doing good, leaving few survivors at the end.

(End of Dr. Ed’s summary)

STORY AT-A-GLANCE

  • A psychological condition of society known as “mass formation psychosis” is a condition for totalitarianism. Under mass formation psychosis, a population enters a hypnotic-type trance that makes them willing to sacrifice anything, including their lives and their freedom. That’s what’s happening right now
  • There are four key conditions that must be in place for mass formation psychosis to occur: Lack of societal bonding, experiencing life as meaningless and senseless, widespread free-floating anxiety/free-floating discontent, and free-floating frustration/aggression
  • Once these four conditions are widespread, mass formation can occur, which allows for totalitarianism to rise and thrive
  • A key strategy to break mass formation and prevent totalitarianism is to speak out against it. We also need to give those hypnotized a greater fear to replace the fear of the virus with, namely the fear of totalitarianism and the loss of their and their children’s lives, livelihoods and freedoms that go along with it
  • Dissenters need to join together, thereby giving fence-sitters who are not yet fully hypnotized an alternative to going along with the totalitarians

In the video above, Dr. Robert Malone, inventor of the mRNA and DNA vaccine core platform technology,1 reviews a theory professor Mattias Desmet, a Belgian psychologist and statistician, believes explains the absurd and irrational behavior we’re now seeing worldwide with regard to the COVID pandemic and its countermeasures.

He calls this phenomenon “mass formation psychosis,” a type of crowd hypnosis that results in literally converting a large segment of the population into psychosis. Mass formation psychosis is the explanation for how the Germans accepted the atrocities by the Nazi party in the 1930s, and it’s the explanation for why so many around the world support medical apartheid and the destruction of the unvaccinated now.

It’s so irrational and inhumane, many have wondered how we got here. As it turns out, the psychology of totalitarianism has been studied for decades, and the whole thing is in fact explainable as a psychiatric phenomenon that arises when certain conditions exist in a society.

The Four Base Conditions for ‘Mass Formation’

The four central conditions that need to exist in order for mass formation psychosis to take root are:

  1. Lack of social bonding — Social isolation was a widespread problem long before the pandemic. In one survey, 25% of respondents said they didn’t have a single close friend. The COVID lockdowns also contributed and worsened already existing isolation. We were all told that any contact with others, including members of our own family, could be a death sentence.

2. Seeing life as meaningless, purposelessness and senseless, and/or being faced with persistent circumstances that don’t make rational sense — Desmet cites research showing that half of all adults feel their jobs are completely meaningless, providing no value to either themselves or others.

In another poll, done in 2012, 63% of respondents said they were “sleepwalking” through their workdays, putting no passion into their work whatsoever. So, condition No. 2 for mass formation hypnosis was also fulfilled, even before the pandemic hit.

Events that occurred in late 2019 and early 2020, such as the many questions surrounding the presidential election and the initial COVID lockdowns, added fuel to the widespread confusion and uncertainty, resulting in the next condition: free-floating anxiety.

3. Widespread free-floating anxiety and free-floating discontent — Free-floating anxiety refers to anxiety that has no apparent or distinct cause. Judging by the popularity of antidepressants and other psychiatric drugs, condition No. 3 was also fulfilled long before the pandemic, but additional fuel was piled on just before the pandemic.

Many felt, and still feel, that “things just aren’t right.” Through 2020, it became increasingly apparent to many that most if not all of the systems we depend on are broken, and likely broken beyond repair, including our medical system, our voting system and our judicial system.

4. Widespread free-floating frustration and aggression — This tends to naturally follow the previous three. Here, again, the frustration and aggression have no discernible cause.

How Mass Formation Allows Totalitarianism to Rise

When these four conditions are fulfilled by a large enough portion of society, they are ripe for the picking to convert to a psychosis, being totally out of touch with reality, which in turn leads to the rise of totalitarianism. As explained by Malone, when the pandemic broke out, people around the world became obsessed with one thing: the virus.

People everywhere thought about, read about and talked about the virus almost exclusively to everything else. This singular focus, this obsession, having the base conditions for mass formation already firmly in place, allowed for large portions of the population to enter into a hypnotic-like state.

In that hypnotic-like state (it’s very similar to conventional hypnotism but with minor differences), people lose their ability to have rational thought and judgment.

As noted by Malone, there is evidence that suggests at least parts of this psychological operation were done intentionally, by “some entity that has financial benefit or power to gain from doing this, which gets to the point of global totalitarianism.”

Now, once a large portion of a society is hyper-focused on and fused in their joint discontent and anxiety, all a leader or leaders need to do to convince many that totalitarian control and loss of their freedom is best for them is to:

a) Present a story in which the cause of the anxiety is identified, and then

b) Offer a strategy for neutralizing that cause

Social Bonding Is Key to controlling you

By accepting and participating in whatever that strategy is, people with free-floating anxiety feel equipped with the means to control their anxiety and avoid panic. They also feel a strong bond with others, because they’ve all identified the same nemesis. As explained by Desmet in the Peak Prosperity interview below:

When many people participate in the same strategy to deal with the object of anxiety, a new kind of social bond emerges that is a new kind of solidarity. So, people feel connected again in a new way. And that’s the most crucial thing.

If you look at the corona crisis and listen to the mainstream narrative, you will hear that everything is about solidarity. You have to participate. You have to accept the vaccine. You have to respect social distancing, because if you don’t, you lack citizenship, you show no solidarity. That’s the most crucial thing, always, in mass formation.

The real reason people buy into the story, even if it is utterly absurd, is not because they believe in the narrative, but because the narrative leads to a new social bond.

There’s another advantage to this approach. It directs all the frustration and aggression at an object. And that object is the people who, for one reason or another, do not want to participate in the mass formation …

So, you have this very strange situation where people start from a very negative and divisive mental state; lack of social bond, lack of meaning-making, free floating anxiety, and a lot of frustration and aggression.

They switch from this very highly aversive mental state to a symptomatic positive state where they feel connected. Their life makes sense again through this heroic struggle with the object of anxiety … That’s why people continue to believe in the narrative, even if it is utterly absurd.”

Mass Formation Psychosis Is a Self-Destructive Condition

The crazy thing is that the story can be an obvious lie, yet those under this hypnotic spell will believe it. The remedy can be utterly absurd, yet they’ll obey. This is how they allow totalitarianism to rise.

Of course, there must always be a common enemy that must be obliterated — the “cause” for the peoples’ fear and anxiety — and under totalitarian rule, that enemy is anyone who is not spellbound. The dissenters are the enemy. In 2021, the unmasked and unvaccinated are the enemy.

Mass formation psychosis is a very dangerous condition, both for those under its spell and those who aren’t, because the ‘mental intoxication’ that results makes people willing to do things that are clearly wrong and utterly immoral, up to and including voluntarily killing their own families and themselves, if told it’s for the greater good.

If everyone would get the experimental jab, COVID would vanish, and everyone could go back to feeling safe again. That’s the narrative. It makes no sense, it’s irrational, inhumane and unscientific, but those who are in mass formation psychosis believe it’s just that simple, and that’s why some are able to wish death on the unmasked and/or unvaccinated.

So, as noted by Malone, “If it seems to you that the rest of the world has gone mad, the truth is, they have.” A problem far greater than any virus now is mass formation itself.

It’s a very dangerous condition, both for those under its spell and those who aren’t, because the “mental intoxication” that makes people willing to do things that are clearly wrong and utterly immoral, up to and including voluntarily killing their own families and themselves, if told it’s for the greater good. In short, masses of people become profoundly gullible and self-destructive, which is a frightening combination.

As noted by Desmet, in a dictatorship, people comply because they fear the dictator. In a totalitarian regime, however, mass formation psychosis is at work, and this gives the regime extreme power over the individual, as the people, when in this hypnotic trance, voluntarily destroy their own families, their lives and themselves, along with the stated enemy.

Is Totalitarianism Unavoidable?

Malone says that in his conversations with Desmet, Desmet has said he believes the mass formation psychosis is so widespread at this point that global totalitarianism may be unavoidable. He believes it’ll take over, as we’re seeing in many countries already. So, what, if anything, can we do? A summary of suggestions are as follows:

  • Continue providing true and accurate information to counter the false narrative. Some who aren’t yet fully hypnotized may still be routed back to sanity. Speaking out can also help to limit the atrocities the totalitarian regime is emboldened to implement, because in totalitarianism, atrocities and crimes against humanity increase as dissent decreases.

Substitute fear of the virus narratives with narratives that highlight an even greater fear — fear of totalitarianism. “Totalitarianism is a bigger boogeyman than the virus is,” Malone says.

Losing control to Bill Gates, the World Economic Forum, BlackRock and Vanguard is a bigger threat than SARS-CoV-2 is for you and your children, by far.

Desmet tested this theory and found you CAN break the hypnotic focus on COVID if you’re able to refocus their attention on something that’s of even greater concern to them.

  • Join with other dissenters into larger groups. This gives the larger majority who aren’t fully hypnotized but too fearful to go against the grain an alternative to going along with the totalitarians.
  • Build parallel structures within your local communities. Think globally, act locally. Start developing parallel structures to heal the four underlying conditions that allowed mass formation to occur in the first place.

A parallel structure is any kind of business, organization, technology, movement, or creative pursuit that fits within a totalitarian society while being morally outside of it. Once enough parallel structures are created, a parallel culture is born that functions as a sanctuary of sanity within the totalitarian world.

The Gravity of Our Situation

To hear from Desmet himself, listen to his hour-long interview with Dr. Chris Martenson. As noted by Desmet, since self-destructiveness is built into the totalitarian system from the ground up, totalitarian regimes cannot be sustained forever. They fall apart as they’re destroyed from within. That’s the good news.

The bad news is it can be hell while it lasts, as totalitarianism built on mass formation almost always leads to heinous atrocities being committed in the name of doing good. There are usually few survivors at the end.

That said, Desmet believes this new global totalitarianism is more unstable than regional dictator-led totalitarian systems, so it may self-destruct faster. He has just finished writing a book, “The Psychology of Totalitarianism,” which is expected to be published in January 2022.


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  1. When I read this that was stated below, I immediately recalled the comment from someone calling themselves, ‘robtal’, due to perhaps realizing just how absurd that their remarks are and not wanting to use their real name.

    “There are four key conditions that must be in place for mass formation psychosis to occur: Lack of societal bonding, experiencing life as meaningless and senseless, widespread free-floating anxiety/free-floating discontent, and free-floating frustration/aggression”

    “The planet is already started it’s process of removing us as a virus , changing it’s environment due to anthropological impacts . 19 tornados in South NJ and South Eastern PA last summer. Never in the past 60 years more than 2 . We are living in our own feces , consuming our toxic chemicals, breathing toxic chemicals , we made some good progress cleaning up some of our rivers and waterways now we are back sliding reducing health and environmental regulation and undoing a lot of the positive changes of the past.” robtal
    https://e360.yale.edu/features/protecting-earth-if-nature-needs-half-what-do-people-need

  2. The Madness of Crowds (and using a 60-year tornado marker in NJ and PA). A well-studied phenom. Jordan Peterson, Psychologist and University Professor has stated many times that no one is any different than the everyday German people were at the time of Hilter and allowing mass murder. The concept is, at its core, what we find in marketing strategy with mass media as its greatest tool. Therein lies the problem. We’ve gone from some 35 media competitors in the 1980’s who were anti-establishment-minded, down to 5 mega media clone corporations that are nothing but the marketing arms for whoever is the elite globalist totalitarians. If you understand Quantum Physics, then you know we are witnessing the vulnerable plugged into the Borg. Whatever we can come up with in terms of “think global, act local” must be part of a multi-prong approach that includes disrupting the useful idiots in mass media. Surely we have numerous genius minds in marketing strategy and game theory (I would use another reference but likely have it come back to haunt me) that can come together to take this on.

  3. I have been trying to understand for a long time how I (un-vaccinated) could possibly be a danger to somebody who is totally vaccinated. Thank you for answering this question even though the answer is frightening.

    When the talk about vaccines being developed over a short time frame started (i.e. a race between the pharmaceutical companies) my immediate thought was “here’s trouble” (remember thalidomide). When Governments gave them immunity from prosecution, I thought “here’s BIG TROUBLE”.

    I do not know anybody who has contracted Covid nor do I know anybody who knows somebody who has. I do know a neighbour who has suffered terribly from her vaccine.

    Following her first injection, she spent the night in hospital having 2/MRIs + numerous blood tests. After her second, she had several days with a 38.8 temperature, headaches, a blister on her tongue (10mm X 5 mm), and a very strange reaction from her breasts.

    She had been through a complete health check a few weeks prior including with a cardiologist (gave her a 100%). She is now being treated by the same cardiologist for myo-encarditis (courtesy of the vaccine).

    1. David Whittaker wrote:
      “I do not know anybody who has contracted Covid nor do I know anybody who knows somebody who has.”

      Now you do. Good to meet you.

      I got Covid early on, in March 2020. I worked in an international airport, exposed to everyone coming and going internationally. I got fired Nov 2021 for refusal to comply with their Covid19 vaccination mandate, and moved my family from CA to TX. I’d worked unvaccinated 18+ months since the start of the pandemic without problem. They refused natural immunity exemption and religious accommodation.

      Anyway, I was at work, and I noticed that my food literally tasted like I was chewing styrofoam. I just thought my wife was having an off-day in the kitchen. I also couldn’t smell anything, but where I work, there’s not much to smell. Toward the end of the day, it was like someone flipped a switch, all my energy just vanished. I knew something was up at that point. That was a Friday.

      I went home, took 5 grams of chewable vitamin C, a vitamin D tablet, a zinc tablet and drank a liter of water. Then I took as hot a shower as I was able to stand, then piled under 4 thick blankets to sweat it out.

      The next day my sense of taste returned. Later that day my energy returned. I went to a supermarket and purchased several 2 L bottles of quinine-fortified Indian Tonic Water and drank a liter per day in 500 ml tranches twice a day for the next two weeks.

      Hydroxychloroquine (HCQ) is the pro-drug from of Chloroquine (CQ), which is the non-enzymatically bioactivated form of quinine (Q). CQ was developed after Japan invaded Java and natural supplies of Q were curtailed. HCQ was developed to allow longer dosage schedules and larger dosages. Q is rapidly absorbed (and hepatically excreted… half-life of ~18 hours) by the body and can cause side effects for large doses (low blood pressure primarily, since it’s an ACE2 inhibitor), CQ and HCQ take longer for the body to break down into Q, so larger dosages on a longer dosage schedule can be give without the side effects.

      I went back to work on Monday feeling fine. No one else I worked closely with got Covid.

      There was one guy in the office who got Covid, but that was months later, he didn’t have severe symptoms, and by that time they’d implemented the 2 week stay-at-home policy, so he was out for two weeks.

      Conversely, two people had heart attacks after getting the jab (one died), one has myocarditis, one has blood clotting issues.

    1. Dear David,
      I just read your pied piper article. It is excellent.
      Similarly, your four sentences capture in the fewest words the moral of this post.
      Thank you very much.
      Ed

    2. I read through David Dirkse’s well-presented summation regarding the present day anthropogenic climate change movement present to day on basically the whole planet, where people have the time and resources provided to them by the ability to use fossil fuels. The true believers in the hoax of anthropogenic climate change then decry the use of fossil fuels by inventing a devil in the sky, CO₂, in an attempt to prevent the unwashed masses from using what they freely use to produce their comfortable life style, fossil fuels. This did not happen overnight because the educational institutions have been brainwashing young minds with this nonsense for many years now due to most in the higher education institutions being mostly populated by those who are far to the left and they therefore knew that when Vladimir Lenin wrote this, that it was what they should do to accomplish their goals; “Give me just one generation of youth, and I’ll transform the whole world”, and now we see so many young people actually believing that CO₂ produced by using fossil fuels is a ‘bad molecule’ and it must be eliminated from the atmosphere. It seems to matter not that there has never been an empirical experiment done that is repeatable that shows that CO₂ has the ability to cause the Earth’s climate to change or its temperature to increase because, it is like Vladimir Lenin also said; “Give me four years to teach the children and the seed I have sown will never be uprooted.”

      This whole anthropogenic climate change movement has one thing as its aim— a better climate is far from that aim— but, control over energy is the bases for using an essential trace gas, CO₂, to try to achieve that control over the rest of humanity and the United Nations and its IPCC and the UN’s Agenda 21 are doing a bang up job of gaining that control over everyone.
      Those who do not know what the UN’s Agenda 21 is about need to read this below. We can be sure that if it is bad for the nation then the far left “progressives” are all for it.

      “What is ESD?
      Education is held to be central to sustainability. Indeed, education and sustainability are inextricably linked, but the distinction between education as we know it and education for sustainability is enigmatic for many. The following section describes the components of education for sustainability.

      ESD carries with it the inherent idea of implementing programs that are locally relevant and culturally appropriate. All sustainable development programs including ESD must take into consideration the local environmental, economic, and societal conditions. As a result, ESD will take many forms around the world.
      Every nation will need to reexamine curriculum at all levels (i.e., pre-school to professional education). While it is evident that it is difficult to teach environmental literacy, economics literacy, or civics without basic literacy, it is also evident that simply increasing basic literacy, as it is currently taught in most countries, will not support a sustainable society.”
      Here is the main point of all of this harmful nonsense: “….in the United States more than 80 percent of the population has some post-secondary education, and about 25 percent of the population has a four-year degree from a university. Statistics also show that per-capita energy use and waste generation in the United States are nearly the highest in the world. In the case of the United States, more education has not led to sustainability. Clearly, simply educating citizenry to higher levels is not sufficient for creating sustainable societies.”
      http://www.esdtoolkit.org/discussion/default.htm

      “Isn’t the only hope for the planet that the industrialized civilizations collapse? Isn’t it our responsiblity to bring that about?” – Maurice Strong, founder of the UN Environment Programme (This is the same SOB that was partnered up with Al Gore, whose company, Generation Investment Management, which is now worth USD 36 billion (as of 30 September 2021). Strong spent most of his time in China, the worst polluter on the planet, (CO₂, is not a pollutant but an essential ingredient for life on earth) & he did what he could to make this communist country the world’s next superpower.)

      “A massive campaign must be launched to de-develop the United States. De-development means bringing our economic system into line with the realities of ecology and the world resource situation.” – Paul Ehrlich, Professor of Population Studies

      “Giving society cheap, abundant energy would be the equivalent of giving an idiot child a machine gun.” – Prof Paul Ehrlich, Stanford University

  4. Mercola wrote:
    “Now, once a large portion of a society is hyper-focused on and fused in their joint discontent and anxiety, all a leader or leaders need to do to convince many that totalitarian control and loss of their freedom is best for them is to:

    a) Present a story in which the cause of the anxiety is identified, and then

    b) Offer a strategy for neutralizing that cause”

    The leftists forgot some key points…

    Namely, they attempted to foist upon Covid19 the anxiety caused by the leftist’s reaction *to* Covid19… then they failed to improve the situation.

    It is now shown that they are poseurs who have no answers to the problems presented. In fact, they’re making the problem worse, because they *are* the problem. They always have been… contemporaneously and historically.

    Joe Biden promised to end Covid, it’s now worse. Life hasn’t ‘gone back to normal’, it’s worse now than before. In response to the most mild variant ever, which could impart mass herd immunity without much hospitalization or death at all, they’ve chosen to defenestrate herd immunity, instead choosing to go the same route of more jabs, more lockdowns, more restrictions, more loss of freedoms… and they’ve piled on top of that Covid Concentration Camps (for NY state, Austria, Australia), Covid passports and even arrests for not complying with the pharmaceutical-company captured and controlled federal agencies mandate to be injected with the gene-therapy mRNA ‘vaccines’.

    Their narrative is crumbling before their very eyes, and they are desperate to maintain the illusion that they are in control. They are not.

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