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2021-03-13 13:33:22

On The Psychology Of The Conspiracy Denier

by Tim Foyle on Off Guardian

Why is it that otherwise perfectly intelligent, thoughtful and rationally minded people baulk at the suggestion that sociopaths are conspiring to manipulate and deceive them? And why will they defend this ill-founded position with such vehemence?

History catalogues the machinations of liars, thieves, bullies and narcissists and their devastating effects. In modern times too, evidence of corruption and extraordinary deceptions abound.

We know, without question, that politicians lie and hide their connections and that corporations routinely display utter contempt for moral norms - that corruption surrounds us.

We know that revolving doors between the corporate and political spheres, the lobbying system, corrupt regulators, the media and judiciary mean that wrongdoing is practically never brought to any semblance of genuine justice.

We know that the press makes noise about these matters occasionally but never pursues them with true vigour.

We know that in the intelligence services and law enforcement wrongdoing on a breathtaking scale is commonplace and that, again, justice is never forthcoming.

We know that governments repeatedly ignore or trample on the rights of the people, and actively abuse and mistreat the people. None of this is controversial.

So exactly what is it that conspiracy deniers refuse to acknowledge with such fervour, righteousness and condescension? Why, against all the evidence, do they sneeringly and contemptuously defend the crumbling illusion that 'the great and good' are up there somewhere, have everything in hand, have only our best interests at heart, and are scrupulous, wise and sincere? That the press serves the people and truth rather than the crooks? That injustice after injustice result from mistakes and oversights, and never from that dread word: conspiracy?

What reasonable person would continue to inhabit such a fantasy world?

The point of disagreement here is only on the matter of scale. Someone who is genuinely curious about the plans of powerful sociopaths won't limit the scope of their curiosity to, for example, one corporation, or one nation. Why would they? Such a person assumes that the same patterns on display locally are likely to be found all the way up the power food chain. But the conspiracy denier insists this is preposterous.

Why?

It is painfully obvious that the pyramidical societal and legal structures that humanity has allowed to develop are exactly the kind of dominance hierarchies that undoubtedly favour the sociopath. A humane being operating with a normal and healthy cooperative mindset has little inclination to take part in the combat necessary to climb a corporate or political ladder.

So what do conspiracy deniers imagine the 70 million or more sociopaths in the world do all day, born into a 'game', in which all the wealth and power are at the top of the pyramid, while the most effective attributes for 'winning' are ruthlessness and amorality? Have they never played Monopoly?

Sociopaths do not choose their worldview consciously, and are simply unable to comprehend why normal people would put themselves at such an incredible disadvantage by limiting themselves with conscientiousness and empathy, which are as beyond the understanding of the sociopath as a world without them are to the humane being.

All the sociopath need do to win in the game is lie publicly whilst conspiring privately. What could be simpler? In 2021, to continue to imagine that the world we inhabit is not largely driven by this dynamic amounts to reckless naiveté bordering on insanity. Where does such an inadvertently destructive impulse originate?

The infant child places an innate trust in those it finds itself with - a trust which is, for the most part, essentially justified. The infant could not survive otherwise.

In a sane and healthy society, this deep instinct would evolve as the psyche developed. As self-awareness, the cognitive and reasoning abilities and scepticism evolved in the individual, this innate trust impulse would continue to be understood as a central need of the psyche. Shared belief systems would exist to consciously evolve and develop this childish impulse in order to place this faith somewhere consciously - in values and beliefs of lasting meaning and worth to the society, the individual, or, ideally, both.

Reverence and respect for tradition, natural forces, ancestors, for reason, truth, beauty, liberty, the innate value of life, or the initiating spirit of all things, might all be considered valid resting places in which to consciously place our trust and faith - as well as those derived from more formalised belief systems.

Regardless of the path taken to evolve and develop a personal faith, it is the bringing of one's own consciousness and cognition to this innate impulse that is relevant here. I believe this is a profound responsibility - to develop and cultivate a mature faith - which many are, understandably, unaware of.

What occurs when there is a childish need within us which has never evolved beyond its original survival function of trusting those in our environment who are, simply, the most powerful; the most present and active? When we have never truly explored our own psyches, and deeply interrogated what we truly believe and why? When our motivation for trusting anything or anyone goes unchallenged? When philosophy is left to the philosophers?

I suggest the answer is simple, and that the evidence of this phenomenon and the havoc it is wreaking is all around us: the innate impulse to trust the mother never evolves, never encounters and engages with its counterbalance of reason (or mature faith), and remains forever on its 'default' infant setting.

While the immature psyche no longer depends on parents for its well-being, the powerful and motivating core tenet I have described remains intact: unchallenged, unconsidered and undeveloped. And, in a world in which stability and security are distant memories, these survival instincts, rather than being well-honed, considered, relevant, discerning and up to date, remain, quite literally, those of a baby. Trust is placed in the biggest, loudest, most present and undeniable force around, because instinct decrees that survival depends on it.

And, in this great 'world nursery', the most omnipresent force is the network of institutions which consistently project an unearned image of power, calm, expertise, concern and stability.

In my view, this is how conspiracy deniers are able to cling to and aggressively defend the utterly illogical fantasy that somehow - above a certain undefined level of the societal hierarchy - corruption, deceit, malevolence and narcissism mysteriously evaporate. That, contrary to the maxim, the more power a person has, the more integrity they will inevitably exhibit. These poor deluded souls essentially believe that where personal experience and prior knowledge cannot fill in the gaps in their worldview - in short, where there is a barred door - mummy and daddy are behind it, working out how best to ensure that their little precious will be comfortable, happy and safe forever.

This is the core, comforting illusion at the root of the conspiracy denier's mindset, the decrepit foundation upon which they build a towering castle of justification from which to pompously jeer at and mock those who see otherwise.

This explains why it is that the conspiracy denier will attack any suggestion that the caregiving archetype is no longer present - that sociopaths are behind the barred door, who hold us all in utter contempt or disregard us completely. The conspiracy denier will attack any such suggestion as viciously as if their survival depended on it - which, in a way, within the makeup of their unconscious and precarious psyche, it does.

Their sense of well-being, of security, of comfort, even of a future at all, is completely (and completely unconsciously) invested in this fantasy. The infant has never matured, and, because they are not conscious of this, other than as a deep attachment to their personal security, they will fiercely attack any threat to this unconscious and central aspect of their worldview.

The tediously common refrain from the conspiracy denier is, 'there couldn't be a conspiracy that big'.

The simple retort to such a self-professed expert on conspiracies is obvious: how big?

The biggest 'medical' corporations in the world can go for decades treating the settling of court cases as mere business expenses, for crimes ranging from the suppressing of adverse test events to multiple murders resulting from undeclared testing to colossal environmental crimes.

Governments perform the vilest and most unthinkable 'experiments' (crimes) on their own people without consequence.

Politicians habitually lie to our faces, without consequence.

And on and on. At what point, exactly, does a conspiracy become so big that 'they' just couldn't get away with it, and why? I suggest it's at the point where the cognitive ability of the conspiracy denier falters, and their unconscious survival instinct kicks in. The point at which the intellect becomes overwhelmed with the scope of events and the instinct is to settle back into the familiar comforting faith known and cultivated since the first moment one's lips found the nipple. The faith that someone else is dealing with it - that where the world becomes unknown to us, a powerful and benevolent human authority exists in which we have only to place our faith unconditionally in order to guarantee eternal emotional security.

This dangerous delusion may be the central factor placing humanity's physical security and future in the hands of sociopaths.

To anyone in the habit of dismissing people who are questioning, investigative and sceptical as tin foil hat wearing, paranoid, science-denying Trump supporters, the question is: what do you believe in? Where have you placed your faith and why? How is it that while no one trusts governments, you appear to trust nascent global governance organisations without question? How is this rational?

If you are placing faith in such organisations, consider that in the modern global age, these organisations, as extraordinarily well presented as they are, are simply grander manifestations of the local versions we know we can't trust. They are not our parents and demonstrate no loyalty to humane values. There is no reason to place any faith whatsoever in any of them.

If you haven't consciously developed a faith or questioned why you believe as you do to some depth, such a position might seem misanthropic, but in truth, it is the opposite. These organisations have not earned your trust with anything other than PR money and glossy lies. True power remains, as ever, with the people.

There is a reason why Buddhists strongly advise the placing of one's faith in the Dharma, or the natural law of life, rather than in persons, and that similar refrains are common in other belief systems.

Power corrupts. And, in the world today, misplaced and unfounded trust could well be one of the greatest sources of power there is.

Massive criminal conspiracies exist. The evidence is overwhelming. The scope of those currently underway is unknown, but there is no reason to imagine, in the new global age, that the sociopathic quest for power or the possession of the resources required to move towards it is diminishing. Certainly not while dissent is mocked and censored into silence by gatekeepers, 'useful idiots', and conspiracy deniers, who are, in fact, directly colluding with the sociopathic agenda through their unrelenting attack on those who would shine a light on wrongdoing.

It is every humane being's urgent responsibility to expose sociopathic agendas wherever they exist - never to attack those who seek to do so.

Now, more than ever, it is time to put away childish things, and childish impulses, and to stand up as adults to protect the future of the actual children who have no choice but to trust us with their lives.

This essay has focussed on what I consider to be the deepest psychological driver of conspiracy denial.

There are certainly others, such as the desire to be accepted; the avoidance of knowledge of, and engagement with, the internal and external shadow; the preservation of a positive and righteous self-image: a generalised version of the 'flying monkey' phenomenon, in which a self-interested and vicious class protect themselves by coalescing around the bully; the subtle unconscious adoption of the sociopathic worldview (e.g. 'humanity is the virus'); outrage addiction/superiority complex/status games; a stunted or unambitious intellect that finds validation through maintaining the status quo; the dissociative protective mechanism of imagining that crimes and horrors committed repeatedly within our lifetime are somehow not happening now, not 'here'; and plain old fashioned laziness and cowardice.

My suggestion is that, to some degree, all of these build on the foundation of the primary cause I've outlined here.

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    Martin Stas 20 Sep 2021 | 7:50 am

    In reply to Loubs.

    It's true that there are people who've had childhood trauma and subsequently project distrust onto almost everyone and everything, like a lens of distrust. There are also individuals like you describe, who have a secret arrogance to them and call anyone not "in the know" a sheep, as if they are superior and "the sheep" are beneath them. Yes, there are individuals like this. However, when you say "conspiracy believers", it's simply a spin on the phrase "conspiracy theorist", and you demonstrate a blind eye for the overwhelming amount of cold, hard evidence that actually clearly reveals that there's a lot more going on in our world than the mainstream news wants people to believe. If you actually took the time to listen to those who might have attempted to wake you up or warn you about the very real, and very malignant, agendas that are unfolding on the planet, would you actually have the courage to receive that truth? There's a saying: "I'm positive…not because I'm ignoring the evils of the world, but because I've integrated them into my understanding of the world we live in." And another saying from The Netherlands (my current home): "Where there's smoke, there's fire." Meaning, there's a very good reason many of us are writing articles such as the one above, controversial videos, etc. Not because, as you suggest, it's the acting out of some childhood wounding. But in truth, because we love and care about the truth, we care about human happiness, health, wellbeing and freedom, and therefore are trying to open your eyes to the fire that's burning in your back yard. And even though your senses could see and smell the smoke if you had the courage and willingness to take a deep breath in and open your eyes, you seem to put on a blindfold and face covering while casually saying "There's no fire. You're crazy! You're just a wounded conspiracy believer." Meanwhile, in the background as you're saying this, the fire from the back yard has reached your home and your curtains are on fire. Meanwhile we're compassionately asking you to be willing to trust us and open your eyes. "I'm telling you the truth, just take off your blindfold, turn around, and you'll actually see it with your own eyes." "Nope! You're crazy! You have no evidence!!!". Alright. We tried to warn you. Your fate is in your own hands. Peace be with you.

    P.S. If you do find that willingness and courage, I can point you in a hopefully helpful direction. But you will need to find your courage to receive some potentially disturbing truths. But the truth WILL set you free.

    So here's an excellent 1 minute clip from one of the best documentaries I've ever watched: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SXyJ_3-h-GU&ab_channel=THRIVEMovement

    And here's a link to the full documentary. It's actually a very well made and beautiful documentary (watch the first 5 minutes and you'll see what I mean), and it's 100% based on facts. I wish you all the best, my friend. No matter our race, religion, colour, etc, we're all in this together. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lEV5AFFcZ-s&ab_channel=THRIVEMovement

    Daredruh 3 Sep 2021 | 8:19 am

    Thank you Tim Foyle, for this very insightful little essay.
    I have, as an artist, always believed in "Beauty"
    I believe that "Truth is Beauty"
    People NEED to believe in something.
    Be very careful of the New World Religion.

    Manifest Freedom 31 Aug 2021 | 1:53 am

    In reply to Ravenpaw.

    The Book AIDS Inc by Jon Rappaport is an in-depth investigation about the captured NIH,CDC,NIAIDS, FDA et al and how profiteers (he names them!) manipulate the planet using the crap not-fit-for-purpose rt-PCR test. Sadly, because the media ignored this story in the 1990's we get to witness a global catastrophe again, using the fraudulent PCR test once again is the biggest shake down to ever hit a planet. Wanna know how we got to Covid1984? READ Jon's book. It will all come into focus. His current blog is also amazing. nomorefakenews dotcom

    Manifest Freedom 31 Aug 2021 | 1:41 am

    In reply to DWS.

    Excellent point!

    Manifest Freedom 31 Aug 2021 | 1:38 am

    In reply to Jamasa.

    Too true. A difficult childhood makes people more vigilant for sure. Add to this, one single hospital stay is enough to prove to most of us how incompetent the medical profession is in practice, for anyone paying attention. There is a Carnegie Mellon (I think) study showing the most vaccine hesitant folks out here are on opposite sides of the spectrum…they are the least-educated and the hyper-educated (advanced degrees & PhDs) a lovely bell curve emerges. Interestingly, the 50% mass in the middle who follow the CDC orthodoxy, those who are out-sourcing their personal responsibility and obligation to investigate and passing this job along to "medical experts" who are just as captured as the regulatory agencies entrained with Pharma. Woe to they that are easily swayed and led.

    Sam - Admin2 28 Jul 2021 | 5:27 am

    In reply to Eric Metzen.

    Of course, I'm sure that will be fine! Make sure to credit the author too. Thanks, A2

    Eric Metzen 28 Jul 2021 | 4:16 am

    May I translate it to German and post it on Facebook? Shurely I will link it.

    Blabla 15 Jul 2021 | 12:50 pm

    In reply to horatio farquaar.

    Exactly.

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