Interesting analysis of “mobbing phenomenon”, with parallels drawn to American politics.

It brings to mind the dangerous interplay between "authoritarian followers” and “vertically power-structured” institutions that exist within a “horizontally power-structured” democracy...1/
According to Altemeyer’s research, 20-30% of a population will have an authoritarian personality.

Authoritarian personalities are drawn to “vertical power structures”….which are a strict hierarchical structure where power emanates from the top-down. 2/ theauthoritarians.org
The article above analyzes a corporate environment. I've used the term "corporate creatures" to describe those who thrive in and exploit the corporate structure and the cut-throat ecosystem.

Corporate creatures are often authoritarian personalities/followers who...3/
...are drawn to the top-down vertical power structure of "authority", b/c they not only gravitate to the powerful leader, but they want to ascend the power structure to have power/control over others.

Authoritarian followers are not only drawn to authority, they may crave it. 4/
Unsurprisingly, Narcissists/Sociopaths are drawn to the vertical power structure of corporate America, and are disproportionately represented within the ranks of CEOs...as noted here when analyzing society’s failure to rein in narcissists/sociopaths. 5/
Due to their vertical power structure, certain institutions may be comprised of a considerably higher percentage of authoritarian followers than the 20-30% that generally exists across society. 6/
In a democracy, the power “theoretically” resides in the people....which creates a bottom-up, "horizontal power structure".

There is an obvious tension that exists when a horizontally power-structured democracy is supported by vertically power-structured institutions… 7/
…that are disproportionately represented by authoritarian followers.

This vertical/horizontal power structure tension creates an obvious need for “separation” or insulation.

Hence, the need for the separation of church and state….8/
….and, perhaps even more importantly, the need for civilian-led military.

However, when an authoritarian leader takes power and abuses his power, the country is reliant upon the character/integrity/patriotism and constitutional adherence of leaders such as General Milley…..10/
This is why Trump and the Right Wing “Media Authoritarians” have turned on General Milley, and are attempting to create division within the disproportionately-represented authoritarian follower ranks….11/
Essentially, a horizontal power structure has been hijacked by authoritarian personalities, who are attempting to vertical-ize democracy, and create a diversion of verticality from current military leadership to the right-wing authoritarian movement. 12/
This was on display on January 6th: 13/
As I read, the article about "mobbing phenomenon" embedded in the initial tweet, I thought about Jeremy Richman, the Sandy Hook father/neuroscientist who committed suicide after becoming exhausted by the Alex Jones-led "mobbing" ("crisis actors", etc).
Other threads on authoritarianism and/or authoritarian followers: 15/

• • •

Missing some Tweet in this thread? You can try to force a refresh
 

Keep Current with Nick Carmody JD, MS Psych

Nick Carmody JD, MS Psych Profile picture

Stay in touch and get notified when new unrolls are available from this author!

Read all threads

This Thread may be Removed Anytime!

PDF

Twitter may remove this content at anytime! Save it as PDF for later use!

Try unrolling a thread yourself!

how to unroll video
  1. Follow @ThreadReaderApp to mention us!

  2. From a Twitter thread mention us with a keyword "unroll"
@threadreaderapp unroll

Practice here first or read more on our help page!

More from @Nick_Carmody

17 Jul
The other aspect (thread) is that the Right appeals to more primitive regions in the brain (amygdala/emotion/fear), which causes impulsive/instinctive reactions.....whereas the Left appeal to the cerebral cortex (policy/logic)....which is less motivating.
Read 5 tweets
16 Jul
Trump's short-sightedness caused him to fail to see the potential gain with masks. Even amidst the anti-vax hysteria, the Right....while defying the "physics" of logic...still attempts to credit Trump for the development of vaccines they refuse to take.
Trump's short-sightedness caused him to fail to see the potential gain with masks. Even amidst the anti-vax hysteria, the Right....while defying the "physics" of logic...still attempts to credit Trump for the development of vaccines they refuse to take.
Read 4 tweets
16 Jul
Trump in a 2019 Breitbart interview:

"I have the support of the police, the support of the military, the support of Bikers for Trump. I have the tough people, but they don’t play it tough...until they go to a certain point, and then it would be very bad, very bad"...1/
Read 8 tweets
16 Jul
"insurrection gonna insurrection"??

Sounds awfully similar to @megynkelly's dismissal of Trump's incompetence and treason:
Thread from 2019 Breitbart interview where Trump tipped his hand to insurrection: 3/
Read 4 tweets
16 Jul
Two threads analyzing the continued belief/support of Trump/Trumpism. The first analyzes confirmation bias/tribalism/cult psychology/conspiracy theories through an addiction model, and the other analyzes the Right's manipulation of the neuropsychological fear response: 1/
A thread analyzing confirmation bias/tribalism/cult psychology/conspiracy theories through an addiction model: 2/
A thread analyzing the Right's manipulation of the neuropsychological fear response: 3a/
Read 4 tweets
16 Jul
Five years into one of the worst eras in the country's history, and people still are oblivious to Trump's disorders. Trump is incapable of being the "calm, moderate candidate". He is pathologically predisposed to create chaos. And that is what he did...
Read 5 tweets

Did Thread Reader help you today?

Support us! We are indie developers!


This site is made by just two indie developers on a laptop doing marketing, support and development! Read more about the story.

Become a Premium Member ($3/month or $30/year) and get exclusive features!

Become Premium

Too expensive? Make a small donation by buying us coffee ($5) or help with server cost ($10)

Donate via Paypal Become our Patreon

Thank you for your support!

Follow Us on Twitter!

:(