Tag: psychology

Culture is collective neurosis

There's a popular and somewhat understandable misperception of culture as a vehicle of reproducing "normalcy" throughout society. However, each historical era makes the cognitive mistake of assuming its particular version of Normal is, well, Normal. And that all eras which came before -- that were obviously ruled by stupid people who could not understand the kind of objective truths we are now privy to in the New Modern era -- were a series of mass delusions in which people fooled themselves into thinking they had The Answers, when they so clearly didn't. Because The Problems continue apace. The twisted social psychological paradox we have not yet managed to escape is our abject failure to understand that we Moderns, too, are trapped wi...

Diversity unhinges our hidden assumptions of harmony

Diversity unhinges us because it unmasks our hidden assumption that if we all look the same, we will think the same and thereby avoid conflict. Deep down, we still secretly hope that we can avoid having to deal with our differences by magically generating conformity. Our unspoken wish is that, by being identical, we achieve the harmony and collective togetherness we so deeply crave -- the collective harmony we mistake for God.

naive realism

the psychology of naive realism: "everyone is influenced by ideology and self-interest. Except for me. I see things as they are."