Mass Hypnosis Begins With Self Censorship

What is socially acceptable and what will have you at a loss?

What are societal norms and what is frowned upon?

If you view the world with a cynical mind and a skeptical heart, you may be as perplexed as I am. Then you may often wonder why so many endure these self inflicted philosophical wounds. Do people self censor, due to the fear of not fitting in? Is this a survival instinct or are people simply afraid to be lonely, an outcast?

I will continually hear the same thing being repeated. Over and over, time and time again. I think to myself, do people actually believe what they say, do they understand what they repeat? What is the basis for this mantra of self censorship and self hypnosis?

What am I missing out on, for not adhering to the current narrative in public?

What am I depriving myself of, for not simply toeing the line?

My life is rather great, I have very little to complain about and even my complaints are more than likely self inflicted.

People who know me, know that when I offer an opinion, that it is truly what I think or feel. My friends have referred to me as “comically honest”. People have been turned off by my personality at first acquaintance, but the more they get to know me, they realize, “it’s nothing personal”.

Maybe I have missed out on past opportunities and relationships, but I do not find myself with regret.

In today’s world of measuring happiness, fairness, privilege and equality, I often find myself immune from the symptoms of hypnosis or censorship.

I am cordial on a case by case basis, yet I do not feel inclined to placate. I do not seek out conflict, rather conflict finds me more often than not. That conflict though is more conversational than confrontational.

In closing, tell me where I am wrong.

Tell me what I am missing out on and the benefits of self censorship and self hypnosis.

The title refers to my idea of the more people repeating what is currently considered acceptable, the more buy into the mantra, which forms the mind-frame, regardless of whether they understand or not.

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18 thoughts on “Mass Hypnosis Begins With Self Censorship

  1. I am right there with you and Goldie. “I am cordial on a case by case basis, yet I do not feel inclined to placate. I do not seek out conflict, rather conflict finds me more often than not. That conflict though is more conversational than confrontational”. This is SOOOOOO me.

    I think people are “afraid” to really speak their minds, because, like you say, they are afraid they will not fit in. i would much rather be honest, and be well informed, and THINK for myself than to fit in, any day.

    1. bottomlesscoffee007

      Jeanne, Hell yeah girl. The few times I did placate, I literally felt sick to my stomach. I can’t stomach dishonesty.

        1. bottomlesscoffee007

          I’d rather get my feelings hurt and hear the truth, than go around looking or sounding like an ass.

  2. Marleen ………

    The prosperity gospel promises that good people will be rewarded and bad people will be punished. Trump’s genius was to redefine “good” and “bad” following the Fox News framework, extending the work of the televangelists. In his world, Muslims are bad, “illegals” are bad, hard-working rich people are good, “snowflake” liberals are bad, and so on. These definitions are easy, because whoever does not fit into the rosy bootstrap picture of Norman Vincent Peale or the politics of Sean Hannity automatically goes in the “bad” pile. As the nation becomes increasingly polarized, narratives like this become easier to create.

    “Every president has to promise a mechanism by which the world can be made fair,” Bowler told the HPR. The White-Hannity fusion, never-before-seen-on-television, is what it means to Make America Great Again. By combining one of the country’s most popular religious movements with what was its most popular news network, Trump became a right-wing populist in unusual sync with voters. His world-made-fair builds on the individualist system of the prosperity gospel and the nostalgia of the right, fusing two branches of the American id into one powerful movement. Trump built one of the most compelling narratives in modern politics—all he had to do was watch TV.

  3. Marleen


    “Stamp indelibly on your mind a mental picture of yourself as succeeding,” Peale urged his millions of followers. “Hold this picture tenaciously. Never permit it to fade.” It was a mindset perfectly tailored for an ambitious builder determined to change the skyline of one of the globe’s great cities. Trump, who used this self-confidence to blow right past a series of seemingly fatal gaffes and controversies to win an election last fall that polls said he couldn’t and wouldn’t, in this respect has been a prize Peale pupil—arguably the most successful Peale disciple ever.

    “I don’t even think it’s an argument,” Trump biographer Gwenda Blair told me recently. “It’s a fact.” The power of positive thinking? “He weaponized it.”

    But now, in the political realm, where the space between spin and truth is parsed constantly—and with consequences—it is Trump’s very success that has opened him up to questions that simply didn’t matter as much when he was a television star, or opening golf courses, or licensing his last name to steaks, bottled water or far-flung condominium projects. Is Trump’s relentlessly optimistic insistence on his own version of reality an asset, a sign of admirable grit for a politician desperate to score some legislative victories? Or is it a sort of self-delusion… ? …….

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