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The Psychology of Totalitarianism: Crisis narrative, destructive groupthink, free-floating anxiety

State Power and Totalitarianism: Minneapolis, Floyd

  Professor of Clinical Psychology, Mattias Desmet’s book The Psychology of Totalitarianism is well worth reading: The world is in the grips of mass formation—a dangerous, collective type of hypnosis—as we bear witness to loneliness, free-floating anxiety, and fear giving way to censorship, loss of privacy, and surrendered freedoms. It is all spurred by a singular, focused crisis narrative that …

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