The Art of Gaslighting: Confession Through Projection

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2021 Nov 17, 8:31pm   24,793 views  174 comments

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"The most dangerous psychological mistake is the projection of the shadow on to others; this is the root of almost all conflicts." -Carl Jung

It feels like we're living through an era of extreme projection by the most nefarious sorts. But the truth is simply that we're stepping out of an era in which mass projection was successful insofar as it was cost effective.

Source: Violation Tracker

These days, one person documenting a contradiction can quickly demonstrate proof that can spread as virally as the lie.

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Christina 🇫🇷
November 9th 2021

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Once you recognize the pattern, you begin to see it often. It's ubiquitous among those whose power depends on control. The psychological profile of the Kunlangeta is stamped on society through the flaws in the organization of our economic incentive structures. Technology's (a)symmetry problem ensures the result, encoded in a mind virus, implanted in the youth.

Maybe pot smoking is the variable that suddenly changed everything just recently? Or temperatures rising? Maybe somebody should check out the heart attack rates closer to the equator. That would be genius!

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Cody Elijah
Just so we're clear on the whole myocarditis thing, I have never personally seen a single case in 13+ years in emergency medicine. Not one. Pericarditis yes. Do they occur? Sure. But not like this. Pediatric strokes? Come on now.
November 16th 2021

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Succinctly Phrased
I'm no expert in Jungian psychology, but my test for psychological concepts is how they grow on me as I meditate on them. Maybe I'm suddenly projecting when I see projection everywhere? Or maybe it really is all getting louder. Louder means the footsteps are getting closer.

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Viva Frei
Confession through projection. And a total lack of self-awareness that would be funny if it weren’t so sad.
Oliver Darcy @oliverdarcy

I do not think most people fully appreciate the disinformation campaign taking place right now in right-wing media to de-legitimize Biden as President-elect. It has totally saturated coverage. It's everywhere.
November 10th 2020


I recently subscribed to VivaFreiBarnes at Locals.com. I find Frei and Barnes to be crisp and educational. Even if by some strange twist I never again find any of their discussions compelling, the succinct phrasing of this concept, which is part of the mass psychosis unraveling, is pure gold. This is another example of what I see as "new media as educators/education", where the masses can reject the mainstream media for a combination of education and reality after coming to grips with various flavors of Gell-Mann amnesia. Viva Frei may have popularized the phrase "confession through projection", though I haven't found out for certain whether he was the first to use it. Either way, it's a t-shirt now.

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1   Automan Empire   2021 Nov 17, 9:12pm  

Patrick says
Maybe pot smoking is the variable that suddenly changed everything just recently?

I lol'd at this part 'cause it looked like it came from somewhere like r/1971PeopleTwitter

This was probably the most rambling and inconsistent thing I've ever read under a title about gaslighting. I do appreciate it introducing me to the Gell-Mann Amnesia concept though.
3   Al_Sharpton_for_President   2021 Dec 18, 5:42am  

“Briefly stated, the Gell-Mann Amnesia effect is as follows. You open the newspaper to an article on some subject you know well. In Murray’s case, physics. In mine, show business. You read the article and see the journalist has absolutely no understanding of either the facts or the issues. Often, the article is so wrong it actually presents the story backward—reversing cause and effect. I call these the “wet streets cause rain” stories. Paper’s full of them.

In any case, you read with exasperation or amusement the multiple errors in a story, and then turn the page to national or international affairs, and read as if the rest of the newspaper was somehow more accurate about Palestine than the baloney you just read. You turn the page, and forget what you know.”
– Michael Crichton (1942-2008)

That’s Michael Crichton, the physician turned novelist turned director, talking about his physicist friend Murray Gell-Mann, who discovered (and named) the quark. Crichton pretty much invented the techno-thriller genre of books and film, starting with The Andromeda Strain, which is one of the most influential books in my life, for sure. Crichton is probably best known for his Jurassic Park novels, but take a look at his bibliography sometime … it’s astonishing how much influence he has had on modern American culture, period. That cover photo on this note, from the 1973 version of Westworld, is one of Crichton’s, too.

I’ve written about the Gell-Mann Amnesia effect before, but I wanted to highlight it in a standalone Brief. Why? Because I think it’s the primary driver of the social pathology we have today regarding media in general and social media in particular.

If you or your company has EVER been the primary subject of a newspaper article, you know exactly what Crichton is talking about. The article is simply wrong. Not just wrong in minor detail, but wrong in motivation, cause, implication, fundamental facts … everything. You read it and you think, “how can I get this travesty of an article edited/retracted/rewritten? how is it possible that the writer got this situation so wrong?”

And yet, despite having this searing experience with media articles where we actually have meaningful personal knowledge, we believe without hesitation the next story we read where we don’t!

We are hard-wired to respond to Missionaries, and when I say hard-wired I truly mean that in a biological sense. It’s what makes Fiat News – the projection of opinion as fact – work. It’s what powers the Trump Train and the Team Elite Club alike. It’s not that facts don’t matter. They do! But the presentation by a Missionary that a statement is a fact is enough to make it a fact within the Common Knowledge Game. That IS the Common Knowledge Game. All it requires is an effective Missionary.

Everyone is in on the secret. Everyone is in on the act. Everyone who can is playing the Common Knowledge Game as a Missionary. And everyone who can’t is being played.

That includes Michael Crichton, too. One of Crichton’s less remembered novels and films is Disclosure, starring Michael Douglas and Demi Moore in the 1994 film. Here’s a still from that movie, taken as the Michael Douglas character realizes he has been set up for a false (?) accusation of sexual harassment.

It’s a must-watch movie for anyone trying to figure out what the hell happened to all of us during the Kavanaugh hearings, and it’s a movie that a critical thinker can’t watch today without squirming in discomfort. Why? Because not only is the central plot twist the construction of news and information, but so is the central plot twist of the movie-as-a-thing.

Let me put it this way, Michael Crichton was married five times and famously would have had some … errr … difficulties in a post-Harvey Weinstein Hollywood.

Disclosure is not just a movie ABOUT the construction of Narrative.

Disclosure IS a movie that constructs Narrative, a very particular Narrative that served the interests of the Hollywood studio system and the men, like Weinstein and Crichton, that it made so wealthy and so powerful.

This is Narrative creation. This is one of the best examples I’ve got of nested metagames. This is why it’s so important to consume EVERYTHING with a critical eye. Because we are being played, constantly and by everyone. Even in our entertainment. ESPECIALLY in our entertainment. It sneaks up on us without our conscious awareness, because its purpose is to sneak up on us without our conscious awareness.

And what’s the dominant entertainment in the world today? It’s not Hollywood any longer. It’s not movies. It’s social media.

Clear Eyes, friends. Clear Eyes.

4   AmericanKulak   2021 Dec 18, 8:35am  

Thanks for that @Al_Sharpton_for_President. Great read.
5   PerfectlyFlawed   2021 Dec 18, 1:34pm  

Al_Sharpton_for_President, great points! You would probably love Infinite Plane Radio and all his offshoot projects, he primarily discusses the 'Metanarrative':
He is also now producing a paper version tabloid-format periodical called "Fake World News":

His various projects can help to keep in touch with sanity in an increasingly insane world!
6   Ceffer   2021 Dec 18, 1:38pm  

With 'Winter Vagina' now a thing, women need to have transfusions after sex from spraying blood clots all over their partners. Of course, 'Winter Vagina' tracks 100 percent with 'Vaccine Vagina', but that is just a random coincidence.
7   zzyzzx   2022 Jan 19, 9:48am  

More gaslighting:

8   zzyzzx   2022 Jan 19, 10:38am  

More gaslighting:

11   Patrick   2022 Feb 7, 5:42pm  


Wales Online - Energy bill price rise may cause heart attacks and strokes

New York Post - The little-known heart attack that’s striking ‘fit and healthy’ women as young as 22

The Sun - How the weather is HARMING your health – from heart attacks to stroke and gout

The Times - Rise in heart attacks attributed to pandemic stress and poor diet

BBC - Devoted football fans experience 'dangerous' levels of stress

The Sun - HIDDEN RISK Urgent warning as 300,000 Brits living with stealth disease that could kill within 5 years

Express - Heart attack: The drink that could trigger a ‘sudden’ cardiac arrest - 'catastrophic'

Express - Heart attack: Does skipping breakfast increase your risk?

Times of India - Why are heart attacks becoming common in ‘seemingly’ fit people?

Mining Journal - Sports can break your heart in more ways than one

Daily Mail - Expert warns that shovelling snow can be a deadly way to discover underlying cardiovascular conditions as straining the heart with physical activity could cause sudden death
13   Patrick   2022 Feb 10, 2:04pm  


at first, it it seemed kind of weird that all the vaccine guys were now starting to make heart drugs.

but then i took a look at the news and they seem to be saying that pretty much everything causes heart attacks now.

boy, they sure do know how to get in ahead of a market!

you’d need to get up pretty early in the morning to get the jump on these guys!

(but i guess maybe that’s dangerous now too?)

16   Patrick   2022 Feb 17, 8:14pm  


The trauma of living through a genocide

When one is in the midst of trauma it is often impossible to step back and see the full picture. Over time abuse and trauma become normalized as ‘just the way things are.’ So I think it is important to pause for a moment to note that: a child having a heart attack during a math class on Zoom, athletes in the prime of life collapsing during the middle of a match, a news anchor having a stroke live on camera, a comedian collapsing on stage and fracturing her skull — NONE OF THESE THINGS ARE NORMAL.

The FDA, CDC, and mainstream media — who all know exactly why this is happening — have turned to the ‘autism defense’ that they’ve been using for 35 years. They claim that ‘this is normal — healthy young people have always had heart attacks and strokes and died for no apparent reason.’ If they are feeling particularly sadistic that day they will add that these heart attacks and strokes ‘are actually something to be celebrated because it shows that we are just more aware of these things — and hence more just and loving than ever before(TM).’

So I think it is important to do a reality check from time to time to state that:

So if you are exhausted, angry, and feel anxious all the time like you are being hunted — that makes sense — this is what it’s like to live through a genocide.
19   Patrick   2022 Jun 17, 1:28pm  


jeez you guys, now it looks like global warning causes vaccine injuries!

it sure is getting dangerous out there…

20   Patrick   2022 Jun 19, 7:03pm  


so, i was reading in this psych textbook about how “there is no limit to the creativity of the hallucinatory landscapes the human mind can create for itself to avoid accepting a simple obvious truth.”

but it kinda seemed like mumbo jumbo to me.

but jeez you guys, they weren’t kidding around, were they?

23   Patrick   2022 Jun 29, 4:57pm  


NEJM: Global Warming Causes Stillbirths, Birth Defects, Infant Heart problems
Finally you can laugh a bit ...

Financing of such authors by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, obviously, is nothing to worry about.
25   Patrick   2022 Jul 1, 11:45am  


Rise in Non-Covid-19 Deaths Hits Life Insurers
Companies believe lack of medical treatment during pandemic has contributed to deaths from other causes

Lol, what on earth could have killed all those people?
31   mell   2022 Jul 10, 10:57am  

Biggest bullshit ever they have no shame. Coffee acts as a blood thinner, so it's rather the opposite. There is some preliminary research that caffeine may increase the coagulation factor during heavy workout,but that's it. Asshoes!
32   HeadSet   2022 Jul 10, 3:55pm  

When did England's "favourite drink" change from tea to coffee?
39   Karloff   2022 Aug 22, 12:07pm  

Reading articles about things that are bad for your heart, is bad for your heart.

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