by ELLIOTT GREEN
AS a senior transactional analysis psychotherapist, I believe we are living through a ‘mind revolution’ in society; that is, our traditional ways of thinking are being replaced at speed by ideas that often appear extreme, dangerous and ill- thought-out.
Politics has been allowed to infiltrate all areas of our lives; reason and logic are cast aside in favour of ungrounded emotion or hysteria.
We are now a ‘psychologically split’ society, where postmodern ideology has infected the minds of many; to the point where we often can no longer have meaningful conversations or publicly debate contentious issues. There is too much heat and too little light.
Last year I wrote a short e-book. I wanted to shed some light on what is going on. Using corporate and social media, we are being psychologically manipulated through a mixture of lies, guilt, fear, anxiety and righteousness; what once united us now divides us as we cannot find common ground.
In the book, I debunk the myth behind ‘empathy’ as a wise, sentimental good, and show it to be little more than narcissistic, ‘projective self-involvement’.
I explain how brain-washing works, especially on intelligent, naive- yet-well-meaning-people. I also refer to a little understood phenomenon called ‘reaction formation’, where guilty people project their bad conscience onto innocent people, thereby casting a veil of moral goodness over themselves.
This psychological compensation is what Shakespeare captured so well in Hamlet: “The lady doth protest too much, methinks”.
The following is an excerpt from the introduction to my book:
“There are few things more painful than a mind that has lost the plot.
Sitting down in 2020 as the UK is in lockdown, the thought ‘have we all gone mad?’ enters my mind. Yet, if this is a collective madness, then the sane person is like the one-eyed man in the land of the blind. Or is he the pariah, the one who doesn’t really belong, the one whose existence threatens all the others?
If madness is defined as sticking out in a large crowd then I guess the sane person is called ‘mad’. However, if sanity is about being able to hold one’s own thoughts, feelings and actions together under an umbrella of consistency and reason then no, the person is not mad”.
The book includes a section entitled ‘About You: A Brief Guide to Transactional Analysis’ that serves to give you, the reader, a primer on transactional analysis. It is a system by which to examine your individual psychological make-up and personality. It aims to help you make better sense of yourself, to find your own voice. In so doing, it may help
you understand others better too. In part three, I reflect on what is going on around us in this world we all inhabit, how the way we think about ourselves and society is changing rapidly; how the concept of the ‘individual’ and that of ‘individual freedom’ is on the endangered species list.
I call this ‘The Mind Revolution’. We are so driven by our desperate need to belong, to give up our history, to ignore the wisdom of our elders, to ‘stay safe’, ‘stay alert’, to conform to diktats that so many of us remain sceptical of, while others scream at us to put on our face masks or take the knee. This once-proud society is at risk of breaking up and returning to medieval ‘witch hunts’ and mob violence. It is fast becoming deranged.
I have spent several years investigating this phenomenon and I do not believe we have arrived at this point organically; this is not a natural evolution of our society. Instead, it has been a socially and psychologically-engineered phenomenon, an ideologically-driven push to introduce a new metaphysics, to replace the Christian faith that has been dismantled in the secular West.
It is one thing to remove a religion; it is quite another to replace it with something else. Yet this is what is being done, under the cover of a health emergency and by stealth through our naivete.
Many of us are asleep as a revolutionary fervour seeks to destroy the successful West from within. We are passively allowing an imposed, oppressive ideology to dictate our future. Christianity was far from perfect, yet its values kept the West together for 2,000 years. We need to rediscover our confidence if we are to stand up against such tyranny and liberticide.
You, Me And The World We Inhabit: A Transactional Analyst’s Perspective by Elliott Green