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‘The most important book of 2022.’ Dr. Robert Malone
Desmet’s work on mass formation theory was brought to the world’s attention on The Joe Rogan Experience and in major alternative news outlets around the globe. Read this book to get beyond the sound bites!
In The Psychology of Totalitarianism, world-renowned Professor of Clinical Psychology Mattias Desmet deconstructs the societal conditions that allow collective hypnosis to take hold. By analysing the global pandemic, he identifies the phenomenon of ‘mass formation’ and illustrates how humanity is being forcibly, unconsciously led into a reality of technocratic totalitarianism, which aggressively excludes alternative views and relies on destructive groupthink, vilifying non-conformist thought as ‘dissident.’
Building on Hannah Arendt’s essential work on totalitarianism, The Origins of Totalitarianism, Desmet offers a sharp critique of the cultural ‘groupthink’ that existed pre-pandemic but has steadily and inexorably advanced during the Covid crisis. He cautions against the dangers of our current societal landscape, media consumption, and reliance on manipulative technologies, offering simple solutions – both individual and collective – to prevent the willing sacrifice of our ability to think critically. The Psychology of Totalitarianism serves as an indispensable and fundamental guide to understanding this key moment in history.
‘Mattias Desmet's [theory of mass formation hypnosis] is great. . . . Once I kind of started to look for it, I saw it everywhere.’ Eric Clapton
As I walk through the halls of a major US medical center, I see eyes that divert themselves away from me as I pass. When we engage in our usual discussions on patients, the topic of COVID-19 vaccination brings a halting response: 'We don't want to talk about it.' I see fear, shame, and a never-ending cycle of groupthink that has been more contagious among physicians than aerosolized SARS-CoV-2 in a crowded elevator. Mattias Desmet, like a guided missile, has hit the target. The medical community is in mass formation and this led to a much larger penumbra that has enveloped the general population. In this book, Desmet has constructed an explanatory framework from which the cohesive fabric is suspended that clearly and concisely explains what is happening and what the next steps are that each and every one of us need to take to break the 'spell' and restore normalcy. A must read for our time."
--Peter A. McCullough, MD, MPH; chief medical advisor, Truth for Health Foundation
Desmet is waking a lot of people up to the dangerous place we are now with a brilliant distillation of how we ended up here.
--Robert F. Kennedy, Jr.
In this masterful book, Desmet asks how we have arrived at the doorstep of totalitarianism. Taking the reader on a wild, scholarly ride through history, science, and psychology, he delivers answers both necessary and unexpected.
--Heather Heying, PhD, evolutionary biologist; coauthor of A Hunter-Gatherer's Guide to the 21st Century
About the Author
Mattias Desmet is recognized as the world’s leading expert on the theory of mass formation as it applies to the COVID-19 pandemic. He is a professor of clinical psychology in the Department of Psychology and Educational Sciences at Ghent University (Belgium) and a practicing psychoanalytic psychotherapist. His work has been discussed widely in the media, including on The Joe Rogan Experience and in Forbes, The New York Post, Salon.com, and Fox News, among hundreds of other outlets. His interviews have been viewed by millions of people around the world. His previous books include The Pursuit of Objectivity in Psychology and Lacan’s Logic of Subjectivity: A Walk on the Graph of Desire. Desmet is the author of over one hundred peer-reviewed academic papers. In 2018 he received the Evidence-Based Psychoanalytic Case Study Prize of the Association for Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy, and in 2019 he received the Wim Trijsburg Prize of the Dutch Association of Psychotherapy.
- Publisher : Chelsea Green Publishing UK (16 Jun. 2022)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 256 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1645021726
- ISBN-13 : 978-1645021728
- Dimensions : 15.24 x 3.18 x 22.86 cm
- Best Sellers Rank: 2,588 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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It's great value is that it offers an alternative explanation to stupidity with which to make sense of the immense cruelty and irresponsibility of so many compliant people towards the vulnerable, children and the elderly. I guess it's marginally better to be a hypnotised society than a cruel and abusive one. The book will enable more of us to wake up and challenge the biggest crime ever committed.
Desmet writes in an easy and engaging way. I have been following his work for the past 7 months and was highly anticipating the English version of his book. If you think totalitarianism is a thing of the 20th century and could never happen again, think again.
‘One who knows the limits of his intellect usually becomes less arrogant and more humane, more capable of allowing the other to be different.’
This book flows effortlessly as it touches on 11 different subjects which interlink throughout. There is just enough information to give a high level overview of each, with supporting references which can be researched outside of the book.
Thank you Mattias for your work and having the strength to speak out in a world where freedom of speech is slowly slipping away from humanity.