Mass (Mis)(In)Formation Psychosis

A depiction of dancing mania, on the pilgrimage of epileptics to the church at Molenbeek
Pieter Breughel the Younger, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons

Immodium is MFP.

MFP has come to consciousness out of Covid and the idea that the “Masses” are willing to sacrifice freedoms to get the cure and undertake behaviours to save their lives. MFP existed well before Covid.

 “mass formation psychosis” is the term that Robert Malone, MD, used on The Joe Rogan Experience to describe what’s been happening in the U.S. in recent years…..

…..Who is Malone? Well, he’s listed himself as the “Inventor of mRNA vaccines and DNA vaccines” 

Psychosis is when people lose some contact with reality. Mass formation psychosis is when a large part of a society focuses its attention to a leader(s) or a series of events and their attention focuses on one small point or issue. Followers can be hypnotized and be led anywhere, regardless of data proving otherwise. A key aspect of the phenomena is that the people they identify as the leaders – the one’s that can solve the problem or issue alone – they will follow that leader(s) regardless of any new information or data. Furthermore, anybody who questions the leader’s narrative are attacked and disregarded……..

(Therefore, the anti-vaxx, anti-mask, “Covid is a NWO device to de-populate and enslave those who are left” is ALSO Mass Formation Psychosis with the “Mass” better described as a “Group”.)

…. There are four key components needed for an environment to experience a mass formation psychosis: lack of social bonds or decoupling of societal connections, lack of sense-making (things don’t make sense), free-floating anxiety, and free-floating psychological discontent. Free-floating anxiety is a general sense of uneasiness that is not tied to any particular object or specific situation…..

(A lot of conspiracy theorists and keyboard warriors out there ready to expand their anxiety and look for a leader of their movement. Once you have a core belief that Governments are evil and that shady people are evil leaders of a NWO then you are ready to be fed confirming ideas and solutions.)

…..When followers start to participate in a strategy to deal with the object of anxiety, new social bonds typically emerge and people change from a highly aversive negative mental state and isolation, to the exact opposite to the extremely high-level of connectedness that exists.

(When the strategy is to resist, post memes, discuss on-line, argue and assemble with like-minded warriors against the anxiety of the NWO you are being led by those who you believe have the answers and who can confirm your anxiety is real.)

What is Mass Formation Psychosis?

At this point the reader may be thinking “He’s just out to attack the anti-vaxx Covid sceptic type believer”. That isn’t what I’m trying to do. I am simply illustrating that MFP is everywhere and while it is used by the anti-vaxx Covid sceptic movement to describe what they call “the sheeple”, who easily comply with Covid restrictions and take the vaxx, my point is that MFP is simply like the David Icke model:- Problem, Reaction, Solution.

That also describes advertising. Immodium is a result of MFP:-

Diahorrea is a personal crisis. You dare not travel anywhere or leave the house. It affects the masses at various times. You need to solve it quickly. Along comes Immodium. It’s the solution. Your saviour (leader) is Johnson & Johnson. It is the advertising that addresses your problem and directs you to the solution. The masses buy Immodium.”

(Note that Tesco’s own brand is the same drug and a lot cheaper)

When I saw “Mass Formation Psychosis” I immediately thought about what good marketing people do. They invent or introduce a phrase that catches-on with people. Advertising is also about making people aware of a need and leading them to buy the solution. MFP is merely Communication and Persuasion.

The Four Horsemen who helped publicise MFP are Jones, Rogan, Tucker and Malone. They have all cross-featured in interviews. Jones is the wackiest and more far-out than anyone else. Because Malone’s speciality is “mRNA vaccines and DNA vaccines” it gives licence to conspiracy theorists that Covid and Vaccine are all part of a population control mechanism and if that is already your belief then MFP is just that great marketing phrase and banner you need when arguing. It’s a phrase wrapped in mystery and behavioural psychology. It is a universal Post It note. Slap it onto any behaviour and it magics it, makes it true and real. I’ve seen people use it without understanding it. It’s their Immodium.

Where the word “Mass” is used I submit it is equally applicable to “Group”. How big is a “Mass”? Isn’t “Mass” emotive? Call them “Groups” and it doesn’t have the impact. Think of those in Jonestown who were persuaded to commit mass suicide to satisfy their spiritual need. Why should we exclude followers of Alex Jones?.

I mistakenly first wrote “Mass Information Psychosis” and that made me realise that “Information” is just as relevant to persuading the “Mass” as is “Misinformation”.

What is “Information” and what is “Misinformation” depends on which Belief system you are a member of. This is especially relevant for the Covid debates where we have belief and disbelief that Covid is what Governments say it is. We have vaxx and anti-vaxx as well as mask and anti-mask.

To distil things, we are talking about the communication of ideas in order to persuade groups of people to have a common belief. When you have those beliefs and you have no way of solving the problem by yourself then you follow anyone who can lead you into making the problem go away.

What initially grabbed my attention was the aspect of hypnosis. It is an area in which I have qualifications as well as in NLP. In NLP there are models and techniques for “Persuasion”.

But its not real hypnosis. They simply mis-applied a hypnotic technique which comes from the distraction/confusion model of inducing a trance. If you distract the conscious for a second with a confusion you can implant a suggestion. If you overload someone with problems they can’t solve or induce a momentary shock then the mind goes into confusion and will take the first sensible suggestion as a way out. I have been present to a hypnotherapist shaking someone’s hand unexpectedly and telling them to sleep, several times. I won’t do it because I consider it unethical.

MFP isn’t something new. It has existed ever since there has been a means to disseminate information whether by newspaper, broadcast or internet. We know that groups such as schoolchildren have exhibited a mass psychosis bringing about fainting and illness.

The anti-vaxxer Covid sceptic is also a victim of MFP. It is a movement with a common belief who have their own leaders speaking the “truth” about the reason why Covid came about and why, in combination with the vaxx, its just part of various scales of conspiracy. You can’t deny that Covid exists and neither can you deny that there are negative health connotations about the vaxx.

Their “Leader” is Alex Jones and his cohorts. He has his brand of conspiracy and I know its about population reduction, creating population dependency on a Government that offers food, security and domestic power in return for compulsory micro-chipping and hive mind control. I know that to be a fact because I have heard Jones articulate it more than once when listening to Infowars. (sometimes he has hit the nail on the head in other areas).

MFP has jumped-in before I got out my “Belief Fly-Paper” article. The way it works is that it only catches “flies” that match your existing beliefs. Streams of news, articles, opinions through MSM and Social Media are vast in their bandwidth so your mind only pays attention (catches flies)  to information that meets your belief criteria. It tends to reject what doesn’t meet those criteria and those flies don’t get trapped. Flies that do get trapped reinforce your beliefs and contrary information just bounces off the flies you have already caught. I keep THIS fly but reject THAT fly.

We sometimes get so deep into our beliefs that they can’t be shaken. That sticky is like super-glue.

Since I can’t be hypnotised myself you will all be aware that I challenge beliefs all the time. I don’t simply accept what I may have been led to believe or what governments and institutions seem to want me to believe (or people making comments). My example is my recent article “I’ve seen the Vaxx and the Damage Done”. I have been treble vaxxed because of my age and medical conditions. That still didn’t stop me from correlating arrythmias with my vaccinations.

Sometimes we fail to understand “Joe Public” because we here, by and large, are smarter than average. Simpler folk just want an easy life and when it comes to a crisis they have no capacity to do anything about it so they have to trust the government. We have what is called “the requisite variety” to question things. I take the NLP definition:-

Law of Requisite Variety in a given physical system, is that part of the system with the greatest flexibility of behaviour will control the system.

Or, to sum it up “We argue about things and take opposite sides of an argument believing to our core that we are right”

[I believe I should qualify my right to make these analyses. I was an early studier of NLP 50 years ago. I then went on to acquire certification and accreditation for NLP and Ericksonian Hypnosis in the 1980’s and later accreditation as a Practitioner.  I ran a business consultancy teaching Communication and Persuasion techniques to international corporates. I have worked as a hypnotherapist using Ericksonian hypnosis principles and developed techniques for subliminal scripting in advertising copy. I have also pursued my other career as a database programmer and general IT Consultant]

© Lugosi January 2022