Dr. Roy Eidelson deconstructs the pathology of what is occurring with Kavanaugh. And it is deeper than what most understand.
Dr. Roy Eidelson discusses Political Mind Games played in America
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.