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It turns out that all normal humans are subject to becoming effectively addicted to self-deception. Does "does this dress make me look fat" sound familiar? The biggest reason, I insist, that it holds true that people are often so hopelessly nonobjective when it comes to themselves is most people are entirely oblivious to the kind of science that we're about to get into. Now before you go getting uncomfortable, please note that the mechanisms themselves are evolutionary inherited traits.
Why we lie: The evolutionary roots of deception and the unconscious mind
The theme of the present book is that human beings are natural born liars. We have evolved to be deceivers not only of others but of ourselves as well. The practice of deception is not limited to humans but applies to other organisms as well. This thesis is not new but Smith makes some interesting suggestions about the evolutionary mechanisms that led to the evolution of our propensity for self-deception as well as suggestions about how the mechanism for self deception works.
This all holds especially true when it comes to groups.
The Power of Groupthink: The New Denial
Denial in all its forms is alive and well in each of us. We use it to justify what we do and do not want to do. We use it to protect ourselves. We even use it to push back the inevitable as long as possible so we can get ready to deal with it. Adults are often in denial, and we can see it at work best in our children who stamp their feet, pout and hide to avoid confronting reality. In its darkest form denial has justified unspeakable cruelty to our fellow human beings. In its best form it allows us to compassionately handle depression, disappointment and loss.
But what can we do when denial is rampant in an institution? This can take many forms, ranging from an idea advocated by a powerful leader to a pervasive belief among those active in the institution that certain tenets are truisms, or self-evident, even though they were on no one’s radar screen a few years ago. In its most powerful form, however, it can take on the character of something organizational psychologists refer to as “groupthink.”
The Power of Others: Peer Pressure, Groupthink, and How the People Around Us Shape Everything We Do
Discover how in almost every area of our lives, our behavior is influenced far more by others than we'd like to imagine. Teenage cliques, jihadist cells, army units, polar expeditions, and football hooligans — on the face of it, each of these groups might seem exceptional, but the forces that bind and drive them can affect us all. In recent decades, psychologists have uncovered how and why our innate social urges holds huge sway over how we think and act, propelling us to both high achievement and unthinking cruelty. We are beholden to our peers, even when we think we’re calling the shots. This is the power of others.
Those were the conceptual basis of the major point here, and now comes is the neuroscience behind it. Over a decade ago an fMRI brain scan study was performed on staunch Republican & Democrat subjects. They were shown clips of "the two" favored POTUS candidates contradicting themselves. Here is what happened:
The neuroimaging results, however, revealed that the part of the brain most associated with reasoning--the dorsolateral prefrontal cortex--was quiescent. Most active were the orbital frontal cortex, which is involved in the processing of emotions; the anterior cingulate, which is associated with conflict resolution; the posterior cingulate, which is concerned with making judgments about moral accountability; and--once subjects had arrived at a conclusion that made them emotionally comfortable--the ventral striatum, which is related to reward and pleasure.
"We did not see any increased activation of the parts of the brain normally engaged during reasoning," Westen is quoted as saying in an Emory University press release. "What we saw instead was a network of emotion circuits lighting up, including circuits hypothesized to be involved in regulating emotion, and circuits known to be involved in resolving conflicts." Interestingly, neural circuits engaged in rewarding selective behaviors were activated. "Essentially, it appears as if partisans twirl the cognitive kaleidoscope until they get the conclusions they want, and then they get massively reinforced for it, with the elimination of negative emotional states and activation of positive ones," Westen said.
Here's the full study:
Motivated political reasoning An fMRI study of partisan motivated reasoning
What that means it politically biased people are essentially addicted to self-deceiving themselves when it comes to their own candidates lying (while getting off on seeing "the other guy" lie). After being perpetually obsessed with the ramifications of this study since it went public, I still insist that this, its power over the masses is, all about social group affiliations. I'll get more into this in the next section, but in short any any major social group affiliation (such as race or political party) can bring about this effect, where when you stack them the effect gets worse.
originally posted by: fishy6
originally posted by: DannyBoy555
This makes me realise that we don't know jack about the reality we live in.
Edgar Casey said it long ago.
Time is an illusion with a purpose.
We are just stuck in it.
My basic contention is that the entire human species is basically blind except for a few special people.
We think we are so omniscient and so omnipotent as a species, but in reality, we are nil, but special nils just the same, just blind childlike fools with atomic toys along for the ride.
Imagine a multi-universe where time is not relevant.
These creatures are most likely watchers.
To use an analogy...
To these creatures not constrained by time's absurdity, humans are most likely like ants in an ant farm. The ants (us humans) certainly don't know we are in an ant farm; we are just doing our day to day thing, busy. But occasionally a giant face will pop up next to a tunnel. Then Harry the enlightened ant sees the oddity, and might tell a story of the giant white and blue orb with a black center like a black hole, and huge Chiclets between large pink balloons, "It just floated by and was the biggest thing I have ever seen." But none of the other ants believed Harry. His buddies didn't see it so it never happened. They were just blinded by their busy ant world life and never noticed, all of them, including the Queen.
originally posted by: Johnathanandheather
I wish this board gave me alerts like Facebook etc but anyway. oP when you meditate what is your mind set and thought process. Also why did you do this in the first place and what is your ultimate goal.
Did you see these people with your eyes open? Or closed in meditation. I would start next time by calling on a loved one (who has passed) or more than one the day before for protection and their presence while in meditation.
a reply to: DannyBoy555