Last updated on September 1, 2020
I was reading another diary and I looked up something that caught my eye. How sad it is that the people have become this mentally unstable. People who have been raised at the same table, shared the same holidays, worked along beside each other and many raised by the same parents or raised their children and the kids and all the others mentioned above become gaslighted and we are in this mess.
I feel that social media is to blame for much of this and I say that because gamers that are addicted to a game are isolated and start listening to other gamers and that is not even mentioned in the 5 traits that mental health experts studied. It should have been in my opinion.
1. Authoritarian Personality Syndrome
Authoritarianism refers to the advocacy or enforcement of strict obedience to authority at the expense of personal freedom, and is commonly associated with a lack of concern for the opinions or needs of others.
Social dominance orientation
Social dominance orientation (SDO)—which is distinct but related to authoritarian personality syndrome—refers to people who have a preference for the societal hierarchy of groups, specifically with a structure in which the high-status groups have dominance over the low-status ones. Those with SDO are typically dominant, tough-minded, and driven by self-interest.
It would be grossly unfair and inaccurate to say that every one of Trump’s supporters have prejudice against ethnic and religious minorities, but it would be equally inaccurate to say that many do not. It is a well-known fact that the Republican party, going at least as far back to Richard Nixon’s “southern strategy,” used strategies that appealed to bigotry, such as lacing speeches with “dog whistles”—code words that signaled prejudice toward minorities that were designed to be heard by racists but no one else.
4. Intergroup contact
Intergroup contact refers to contact with members of groups that are outside one’s own, which has been experimentally shown to reduce prejudice. As such, it’s important to note that there is growing evidence that Trump’s white supporters have experienced significantly less contact with minorities than other Americans.
5. Relative deprivation
Relative deprivation refers to the experience of being deprived of something to which one believes they are entitled. It is the discontent felt when one compares their position in life to others who they feel are equal or inferior but have unfairly had more success than them.
These are the five traits and most of us know or even love people who are like this and vote for Trump as we scratch our heads. There was a lot of analysis and research in this article and well worth the read.
Sound like anyone you know, or maybe everyone you know, who voted Trump and still defends him?
Who do we see about fixing this? It won’t be an easy fix. Are these people lost forever? Some will be.
The bottom line to me is this will not be overcome so easily and we always thought we could overcome gaslighting but none of us should have underestimated the KGB or the predjudices of people because these people were primed for a stooge like Trump to walk in and take their minds and good sense completely over and Hillary even underestimated by just saying, deplorable. I don’t think she even saw all this coming.
We have 180,000 plus dead and dying because of one man so failed and ignorant but knew how to gaslight and the dying continues. That is the sum of the whole study. That is SAD. All of this because he didn’t get the piece of pie he wanted and tapped into all the others who didn’t get their’s either.
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