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The psychological origins of anti-conservative fanaticism - obsession with the occult.
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Posted by: LateForLunch

07/22/2020, 09:38:37

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One feature of emotional illness is often what psychologists call "obsession with the occult". In this context, the term "occult" refers to, " that which is difficult to perceive, acutely subtle, hidden or concealed from obvious view".

People with latent psychotic process (beliefs that nefariousness, malicious hostility and deadly threats to one's personal well-being are all around) often have an accompanying belief that the things which have the most power over their life are hidden, not obvious.

Belief that hidden things are more powerful than overt things is sort of like the opposite of Ockham's Razor (Ockham's Razor is of course the concept that the explanation requiring the least number of assumptions is the correct one).

There is a great temptation for people who perceive themselves as hopelessly weak, inferior, powerless and a failure in life, to avoid taking personal responsibility (in order to avoid feelings of humiliation, shame, despair). Instead one comes to believe that the reasons for failure in the job market are mysterious, all-powerful others, not their own lack of serious-mindedness, integrity, dedication, wisdom, study, hard work, education or training.

IOW, it is common for people having chronic difficulty finding a niche in society to be gainfully employed doing something they are capable of doing well for pay, to give in to temptation to blame others wholly for their lack of achievement/income.

So instead of applying Ockham's Razor to the question, "why am I so under-employed/unhappy?" people make a detour to avoid feelings of humiliation, shame and despair by developing "evidence" of hidden, powerful bad people acting against them to "keep them down" or "exploit" them.

So for many black people trapped in the loop of low income, the psychological temptation to make the leap of faith to occult reasons (mysterious, powerful anti-black racists) instead of accepting the authentic reasons (refusal or inability to compete in the employment market) is overwhelming.

Since the reason for maintaining belief in the occult is to avoid shame/humiliation/responsibility in the first place, it becomes psychologically difficult to ever divest themselves of this belief system. That is because to do so would first require admitting to themselves that they have been incorrect about their belief in the first place, which would trigger still more feelings of humiliation/shame at such an admission.

In some cases, the belief that hidden things are the most powerful things in their life becomes so powerful that they start to develop severe detachment from reality in general, resulting in what psychologists call "psychotic ideas of reference." There is really not much difference between having an obsession with the occult and being subject to the influence of psychotic ideas of reference.

The hallmark of such things as described above is that the subject often develops strong defenses against admitting reality. One will actively resist accepting rational information or facts which conflict with their underlying beliefs in unreality. Over time, one may consciously reject even the most obvious facts in order to sustain the defensive fantasy.

At this point, reality becomes more and more threatening as do those to present or use facts/rational information to converse or relate to them. Those who do then can become perceived as "the enemy" and the principle will them project onto anyone who directly or indirectly challenges their illusions as "evil".

Political forces which pander to or far worse, encourage people to develop and maintain an obsession with the occult and psychotic ideas of reference are in a very real sense, helping to create and sustain highly dysfunctional, sometimes literally psychotic, dangerous, violent people in society.

Modified by LateForLunch at Wed, Jul 22, 2020, 09:54:48

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