Tuesday, 19 February 2008


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When a society has problems, it causes anxiety in the minds of individuals. In order to find self-security within the individual, the mind is pre-disposed to seek reasons for the problem outside the individual’s responsibility.
In this way, the root of anxiety must eventually come from an external source. Hence, by projecting the root of the problem away from the person, a delusion comes to the fore.


Once in place, the delusion becomes omnipotent, in that all logical arguments are rejected in order to maintain the delusion, usually resulting in anger, or even violence, if the delusion is challenged.
At this point, the delusion is known by the lesser severity of neurosis. However, if the delusion is maintained, it turns into the more extreme category of psychosis.
When this happens the delusion places in the mind of the sufferer delusions of grandeur and persecution. Known as paranoia, both these delusions are fictitious, but in order to maintain the individual's feeling of sanity he builds up his importance, and believes in the existence of a pervasive and evil outer force determined to get him.


In this process we can see a similar idiosyncracy of the mind to the societal urges towards racism identified earlier, with the delusion of grandeur enforcing a person's own racial purity, and the persecution complex blaming an ethnic minority for the problem that caused the anxiety in the first place.
Such thought processes can often be identified in leaders who go on to commit genocidal crimes. Hitler in particular ended up with such pervasive delusions. To a lesser extent the same degree of supposed ‘rightness’ in themselves, and ‘evilness’ in ethnic minorities, can be seen in the rantings of the bigots throughout society.
How this works in society as a whole will be examined in the next post.

© Anthony North, February 2008


Just Jen said...

Very good explanation of racism. Napoleon, Hitler, almost all the dictators around the world the today, all have this illusion of grandeur...you explain it well

anthonynorth said...

Hi Just Jen,
Thanks for that. It is a complicated issue, certainly, but I've tried to remove the 'clutter' in this series of posts.