State of Confusion: Pol. Manipulation, Assault USA Mind

State of Confusion: Pol. Manipulation, Assault USA Mind
State of Confusion: Political Manipulation and the Assault on the
American Mind – A "Rosetta Stone" for Understanding Politics by Dr.
Bryant Welch
Dear Colleagues,
Over the summer we advised you of the fascinating new book by Dr.
Bryant Welch entitled State of Confusion: Political Manipulation and
the Assault on the American Mind. Dr. Welch’s book is generating a
lot of buzz throughout the blogosphere and we thought you might be
interested in what other reviewers have been saying. Review:
This is one of those few books — and a bit undernoticed — that is a
virtual Rosetta stone to understanding how so many Americans are
living in an alternative reality.
They have been emotionally and psychologically manipulated by
a "manufactured reality" of the right wing consortium: think tanks,
public relations spin, advertising techniques, corporate media,
psychological tactics, and politicians, among others.
The author, a psychologist/attorney, compares the process we have
gone through as a nation in the last 30 years — and particularly the
last 8 years — to a film from 1944: "Gaslight" – starring Charles
Boyer and Ingrid Bergman). Directed by George Cukor, it is distinctly
Hitchcockian in its rendering.
We will quote directly from the first chapter of "State of Delusion":
"The term gaslighting comes from the 1944 film…in which a
psychopathic husband coveting his wife’s property tries to drive his
dependent young bride insane by covertly manipulating her
environment, making her increasingly perplexed and uncertain. Among
other things, he raises and lowers the gaslights in the house while
denying to the wife that there has been any change in the lighting.
While he feigns genuine concern for her, he cleverly isolates her
from any contact with the rest of the world that might interfere with
his propaganda-like assault on her sense of reality….
"In the mental health profession, gaslighting refers to a series of
mind games that prey on our limited ability to tolerate much
ambiguity or uncertainty about what is happening in our important
areas of our lives. It is a highly destructive form of psychological
manipulation that undercuts trust in our sense of reality and results
in confusion and perplexity. If the victims of gaslighting do not
come up with a resolution for the perplexity, they will act in an
increasingly primitive and irrational fashion. This is what has been
done to large segments of America."
Oh, dear me, how elitist to reveal the truth!
We could say much more, particularly the tell-tale sign of attacking
and then claiming "victimization." Rove is a master at this and that
is what John McCain did after subliminally raising race in an ad
(black man/white women) and then claiming that Obama "played the race
card." This is just one of the recurrent patterns that appears in the
process of "gaslighting" the American people by the immoral right
Of course, the corporate media (which controls most book reviews)
isn’t eager to publicize a book that posits that a large segment of
the American population (you can find a chunk of them regularly
watching FOX News) have been brainwashed, emotionally manipulated,
and embedded with a false sense of reality. That’s because the
corporate media is one of the main vehicles for accomplishing this
Lee Atwater/Karl Rove/Roger Ailes Psy-ops strategy.
Buy the book from Amazon
Raising Kane Review
"Dr. Bryant is an excellent writer – clear, logical, authoritative,
compelling – and I’m confident that this book and its important
subject material will grab your attention and keep you turning the
Advance Praise for State of Confusion
Laurence H. Tribe, Carl M. Loeb University Professor, Harvard Law
School "Bryant Welch was born to write this vitally important and
highly readable investigation of how a cadre of ethically challenged
political operatives and their religious and journalistic allies have
gradually distorted and disabled the minds of ordinary Americans-and
have all but crippled the once- extraordinary mind of America. It is
not too late for us to reclaim our identity, but we will succeed only
if we take to heart the lessons so lucidly laid bare by the
remarkable work of this insightful psychologist and experienced
political activist."
Nancy McWilliams, Ph.D., president of the Division of Psychoanalysis,
American Psychological Association, and professor, Rutgers Graduate
School of Applied and Professional Psychology "Dr. Welch is a master
of making complex psychological concepts understandable and using
them to explain the disturbing political climate of our time. This
beautifully written, urgently relevant work should be on the
bookshelf of everyone who cares about the survival of American
Robert Shrum, senior strategist of the Gore and Kerry presidential
campaigns and author of No Excuses: Concessions of a Serial
Campaigner "Bryant Welch makes a fascinating and compelling case that
right-wing politics has subverted our democracy by infecting us with
a form of national political neurosis. This book unmasks the politics
of fear—the deeper chords touched by campaigns that appeal to the
dark side."
To become more familiar with Dr. Welch’s writings, please visit his
regular blog at the Huffington Post.
Bryant Welch’s Blog
Book Description
Finally, the answer to the many questions that have been preying on
the minds of millions of Americans has arrived. Why are Americans so
vulnerable to divisive political tactics? Why did Americans get
dragged into such an unwise war in Iraq? Why do fundamentalist
religious groups, Fox News, and right- wing radio still play such
influential roles in America’s political landscape? And why are long-
accepted rational scientific ideas like evolution under siege?
These questions hold America’s future in the balance. Ultimately,
they are questions about the American mind. Psychologist-attorney Dr.
Bryant Welch has the answers.
If America is going to change the mind-set that led us to war in Iraq
and left us unable to confront our serious national problems, this
book is vitally important. Drawing on his unique experience both as a
clinical psychologist and a Washington, D.C., political figure with
the American Psychological Association, Dr. Welch shows how the long-
term effects of sophisticated new forms of political manipulation
have not only led to our debacle in Iraq but are also currently
undercutting America’s ability to address its very serious problems.
In the 1944 movie Gaslight, a husband drives his wife to the brink of
insanity by playing games with her sense of reality. Just as in the
movie, America’s most recent political "gaslighters," such as George
W. Bush, Karl Rove, Rush Limbaugh, Ann Coulter, and many religious
leaders, have generated and exploited confusion in the minds of
countless Americans.
Gaslighters prey on their victim’s vulnerability to paranoia, sexual
perplexity, and envy to undermine the mind’s ability to function
rationally. Welch examines why millions of Americans, in response to
such assaults, subconsciously and dangerously create their own
simplistic reality, even if it is completely different from the more
complex reality of the world.
Most important, State of Confusion explains how and why Americans
must act now to fight back against this harmful manipulation before
it’s too late. Dr. Welch’s exploration of the American mind is both
fascinating and frightening, and State of Confusion is a must- read
for everyone who cares about the future of this great country.
Buy the book from Amazon
We hope that you will take the time to read more about this wonderful
new book.
Daniel Hill, PhD (Director) PsyBC
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