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In the book "When Prophecy Fails," social psychologist Leon Festinger describes a famous account of a UFO group in 1954 led by a suburban housewife named Marion Keech. She claimed to have received messages from aliens describing the imminent flooding of Earth and the specific date of the event.
When the time of the destruction came and passed, the group was briefly stunned. They had made massive sacrifices, expecting the world to end, and were speechless when it didn't happen.But then Keech conveyed a new message to the group from the aliens. The disaster didn't occur because their enlightenment delayed the coming apocalypse
Humans are pattern-seeking creatures, and having such a massive resource of events and news makes it easy for us to absorb what fits our fears and expectations, letting us create our own constellations, thick with meaning
is a complex structure involved in a wide range of normal behavioral functions and psychiatric conditions. Not so long ago it was an obscure region of the brain that attracted relatively little scientific interest. Today it is one of the most heavily studied brain areas, and practically a household word.
..We have demonstrated a relationship between contralateral amygdalar volume and sexual outcome in patients undergoing temporal lobe resection. This finding provides evidence for an important role of the amygdala in regulating human sexual behavior
2. Suicidal subconsciously:
Originally posted by flexy123
Conveniently, focusing on a doomsday event also frees us from our own responsibility...
Originally posted by MaxBlack
I am going to give an example of a someone who seeks to warn and save human life and I will mirror that type of person with someone much like the OP that believes we should all think the same way or else be branded some type of mental case if we attempt to warn about some impending disaster that could harm human lives.
Originally posted by numewenon
Perhaps I have this yet to be DSM IV Classified disorder.
I become excited when there is an impending natural or economic disaster. However, I am not excited by war or nuclear/environmental disasters; they disgust me.
I see modern civilization as an environmental disaster. Any chance to end said disaster provides me with feelings of hope.
This hope is all, of course, subconscious. I would never consciously wish doom upon others.