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Unconscious Motivators: Recurring Behavior and A Perpetual Victim Mindset

Whether a statement is true is an entirely different question from whether you or anybody believes it. … There can be truths that no one believes. Symmetrically, there can be beliefs that are not true. … “
[Elliot Sober, (1991) in Parsimony, Evolution, and Inference. Cambridge, MA, MIT Press, , pp. 15-16 ]

It is difficult for people to admit that they do not have control: “Personal control and personal choice are pre-eminent psychic motivators. And we suffer, I think, from the myth that we can be, and must be, in control at all times … All of us know how untrue that is in our ordinary lives, but still, it is the prevailing myth.”

People simply do not like to think about how risky life is: “You have all these wonderful defense mechanisms, all these wonderful unconscious things where people are trying to get rid of that anxiety. Life in general is a threatening situation. I don’t know if you feel that everyday, but when you study it, you realize what it is like.” This threat can be removed or minimized via the use of unconscious motivators. As it is said: “The purpose of all these defense mechanisms is to take it away from the risk perception issues, so you don’t have to face your imminent mortality. These mechanisms are very, very good at that.”  But this doesn’t necessarily mean that a psychologically generated fear is always warranted.

Defense mechanisms are not well understood and need to be replaced, not merely gotten rid of: “We all need illusions … [the trick is to] supplement these illusions with something that is actually safe and securing.” […] “Endogenous unconscious processes are, obviously, much more difficult to deal with. And, those are the ones we are talking about here … things that originated by whatever is going on with the brain, our desires, motivations, repression, and so on. And those, I don’t think, there is a good handle on empirically.”

False beliefs and Illusions of self-control: Denial is connected to illusions of control: “We know that these perceptions of control are illusions. We know that they [the perceptions] can fall apart at any minute. On the other hand, we know how valuable illusions of control are … So the trick is … to focus … [on] an area where you could see [giving up some] control [as] okay, but not give up your general illusions.”

Irrationality and fatalistic beliefs

As with the neurotic individual, the collective, too, has its unconscious complexes, which may be stimulated and brought to the fore. A crowd or mob is highly affective and is governed by rather simple feelings. Only minor justifications are necessary to evoke mass explosions and mass murder. These are brought about particularly easily when a state of fear already exists. Mass delusion provides more emotional satisfaction than logical criticism. The collective delusion is the common catchphrase, the token, on which all private longings and needs are projected temporarily.

The collective symbol provides everyone with the necessary satisfaction. Paradoxically, mass delusion, rather than being an impersonal phenomenon, provides everyone with an opportunity to abreact their private wishes and fantasies. –Delusion and Mass Delusion, (1949). A.M. Meerloo M.D.


AOC reveals she’s in therapy and then insults combat veterans by comparing serving in Congress on 1/6 to having effectively ‘served in war’
By Thomas Lifson
Published: May 27, 2021
American Thinker (edited)

Something is deeply wrong with the mind of Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.

Toni Williams, writing at Victory Girls, has her number:

AOC has proven to be emotionally fragile and uses that fragility as a politically manipulative tactic. Who could ever forget her fake crying in an empty parking lot when she was trying to drag President Donald Trump for putting kids in cages at the border? Sandy Ocasio-Cortez sobbed during the Congressional testimony of a migrant mother whose 19 month old daughter died of a lung infection weeks after the child’s release from the custody of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (I.C.E.). The video is here.

Miss Ocasio-Cortez has certainly used the January 6, 2020 Capitol breach to her political advantage. She wasn’t actually in the Capitol building at the time of the riot, she was in her office blocks away. But, she encountered a law enforcement officer and was traumatized.

Now she is claiming that the trauma she experienced because someone was banging on her office door has her in therapy.  And she has the unbelievable gall to liken what she and other members of Congress experienced that day to having effectively “served in war.”  She did so in an interview with Maria Hinojosa of Latino U.S. that lasted almost three-quarters of an hour.  If you can stand that much narcissism, listen to the whole thing here.  But for our purposes, this brief summary in Business Insider will suffice:

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez revealed Friday she’s attending therapy after the “extraordinarily traumatizing” January 6 Capitol insurrection.

The New York Congresswoman told the public radio show Latino USA that she’s learning how to “slow down” after the attack, which resulted in the deaths of five people including a police officer.

“After the 6th, I took some time and it was really [Rep.] Ayanna Pressley when I explained to her what happened to me, like the day of, because I ran to her office and she was like, ‘you need to recognize trauma’,” Ocasio-Cortez said, according to The Independent. (snip)

In her interview with Latino USA, Ocasio-Cortez said that the insurrection was deeply traumatizing for many members of Congress, who effectively “served in war.”

Toni Williams points to Michael Waltz, a representative from Florida and a full-bird colonel and Green Beret, who shamed AOC:

If she wanted to find out what it is really like to serve in war, she could ask these House colleagues:

Now, I am not a psychiatrist or a veteran, much less a combat veteran, but Cortez’s drama-queening here strikes me as sick.  My AT colleague, J.R. Dunn, whose range of knowledge continually delights and astounds me, introduced us yesterday to the concept of Histrionic Personality Disorder, which is officially recognized by the American Psychiatric Association.  

According to Wikipedia, which (so far) has had no reason to edit the entry for political purposes, the disorder is

characterized by a pattern of excessive attention-seeking behaviors, usually beginning in early childhood, including inappropriate seduction and an excessive desire for approval. People diagnosed with the disorder are said to be lively, dramatic, vivacious, enthusiastic, and flirtatious. Women are diagnosed with HPD roughly 4 times as often as men. It affects 2–3% of the general population and 10–15% in inpatient and outpatient mental health institutions.

HPD lies in the dramatic cluster of personality disorders. People with HPD have a high desire for attention, make loud and inappropriate appearances, exaggerate their behaviors and emotions, and crave stimulation.  They may exhibit sexually provocative behavior, express strong emotions with an impressionistic style, and can be easily influenced by others. Associated features include egocentrismself-indulgence, continuous longing for appreciation, and persistent manipulative behavior to achieve their own needs.

I make no claim to be able to diagnose anyone, but this shoe sure does seem to fit Sandy from the (Riverdale) block.

Maybe she and Senator Richard Blumenthal can swap combat memories.
© American Thinker 2021


“You don’t need to change a persons belief in fatalism; you just have to tell them that their behaviors are diagnostic of when they are going to die.”

So here we have it. The referenced article should give us a somewhat better understanding as to the who and what of  the bread and circuses of the absurd, we are perpetually entertained with on a daily, if not hourly basis . Regardless of who the accuser/victim maybe at the moment, their exploitation and embedded subject-matter is always loaded with some agenda-driven purpose, and that will always be at the forefront and sold as an alternate reality to gullible people, even if its tabloid nature is no longer available at the local grocery store check out line.

Still, one must ponder the point of; to what extent Shared Psychosis  plays in the media personas of politicians that stumble over each other to meet all the pertinent criteria that underlies their tactical fictions and carnival-like barkings of“Winning At Any Cost, Even If You Have To Lie”?  Are such delusions, hallucinations, disorganized thinking and speech, and bizarre and inappropriate motor behavior (including catatonia) an indicator of loss of contact with reality? After all, Shared psychoses occur  when people acquire a delusion from those with whom they have close personal relationships.

“What is the cost of lies? It’s not that we mistake them for the truth. The real danger is that if we hear enough lies, then we no longer recognize the truth at all.

When the truth offends, we lie and we lie until we can no longer remember it is even there. But it is still there. Every lie we tell incurs a debt to the truth and sooner or later, that debt is paid.” – Valery Legasov (1936 – 1988)


Psychological decompensation refers to the loss of mental stability and self-control due to the failure of overtaxed coping mechanisms needed to handle stress. The term decompensation is typically applied to breakdowns in individuals who are psychologically fragile in the first place.  For minds burdened with a fallacious self-image, unrealistic life expectations, or a distorted view of reality, heightened stress overwhelms the already brittle ego defenses, and raw psychic pain and rage flows unrestrained. Deborah C. Tyler.

See Also

A Nation of Cowards” by Jeffrey R. Snyder, © 1993, from The Public Interest a quarterly journal of opinion published by National Affairs, Inc.  via


Histrionic personality disorder (HPD) is a mental health condition in which an individual acts in a very morbid emotional and dramatic way that draws attention to themselves.

In cognitive psychology, this personality type manifests itself by using a form of distortion called magnification and uses dramatic emotive methods in an attempt to validate themselves. The term is also used to refer to individuals who are over-reactive and dwell on situation(s) that have long passed and are therefore no longer significant.

The most recent edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, DSM IV-TR, defines histrionic personality disorder (in Cluster B) as:

A pervasive pattern of excessive emotionality and attention-seeking, beginning by early adulthood and present in a variety of contexts, as indicated by five (or more) of the following: 1) is uncomfortable in situations in which he or she is not the center of attention, 2) interaction with others is often characterized by inappropriate sexually seductive or provocative behavior, 3) displays rapidly shifting and shallow expression of emotions, 4) consistently uses physical appearance to draw attention to self, 5) has a style of speech that is excessively impressionistic and lacking in detail, 6) shows self-dramatization, theatricality, and exaggerated expression of emotion,  7) is suggestible, i.e., easily influenced by others or circumstances,  8) considers relationships to be more intimate than they actually are.

Specifically, behaviors such as: Being easily influenced by other people, Being overly dramatic and emotional, Being overly sensitive to criticism or disapproval, Blaming failure or disappointment on others, Constantly seeking reassurance or approval, Having a low tolerance for frustration or delayed gratification, and Needing to be the center of attention (self-centeredness).  Will lead to negative social ramifications.


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