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"Adversity doesn't build character, it exposes it......" Dad; Psychotherapist; Lawyer; Executive Board Member @worldmhc; 2-time Traumatic Brain Injury survivor
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Aug 7 8 tweets 3 min read
Lindell's tactics are similar to doomsday rapture cult leaders who keep promising the next prophesized date will be the *real thing*.

I've analyzed the role of dopamine in conspiracy theory susceptibility/cults, & why the non-occurrence of predictions reinforce the belief. 1/ Lindell *promises*:

“I’m telling you, after the 20th and the 21st of August... you’re gonna see the biggest change this country has ever seen".

Remember....last August, Lindell promised that Trump was going to be reinstated as president: 2/

Aug 5 6 tweets 2 min read
Rather than the population being "TOO" traumatized to fight it off.....

....perhaps it's because the population is "SO" traumatized that they embrace it: ....2/....
Aug 2 13 tweets 4 min read
Alex Jones is a bloated, weak, pathetic coward.

He would fold immediately when confronted with actual tough guys.

The intensity of his emotion when exploiting the vulnerable, is what (would) cause(s) him to collapse/beg for mercy if experiencing physical (or financial) pain. 1/ ....2/....
Jul 28 15 tweets 4 min read
Notice the reference to "War".

This intentionally creates the impression of chaos/disorder, incites fear, creates moral authority/justification to do anything required to defeat "evil"/immoral enemies, excuses Trump's immorality/pathology.

It also implicitly targets women: 1/ First, the repeated "War" reference, as analyzed here: 2/
Jul 27 4 tweets 2 min read
I really enjoyed this conversation.

The 16 hour time difference between Colorado & Australia required a 5am (me)/ 9pm (Justin) start time.

We dug into relevant societal/political topics about masculinity, purpose/meaning, dealing with trauma/adversity, fight or flight, etc. 1/ A recent thread that overlaps with many themes from the podcast above: 2/
Jul 25 4 tweets 2 min read
Jul 25 9 tweets 3 min read
1. Politics have devolved to the point where the objective/attraction is "the fight".

The issue/opponent is almost irrelevant, & interchangeable.

2. W/regards to "aggressive violation" interactions (sexual or otherwise) it may be a conditioned symptom of two-party polarization. I've analyzed the fight, the "theatre of war", and the people/disordered personalities that are attracted to "the fight". 2/

Jul 23 4 tweets 1 min read
Hopefully by amplifying people whose experiences/success are proof of this concept.

I've talked about my legal issues, mental illness, etc., publicly.

People, especially kids, are more receptive to someone telling them how they did it....

...rather than what they should do. Understanding that you learn more in failure than you do in success is fundamental to building resiliency, b/c you realize a setback not only isn't definitive....but it's necessary.

Even a minor increase in resilience, makes the next setback much more likely to be managed. 2/
Jul 23 6 tweets 2 min read
That "way of connecting" is called "psychopathy".

Bannon is fawning over a guy that accused parents who had their children murdered at Sandy Hook of being crisis actors.

Pathetic.
1/

...2/...
Jul 23 45 tweets 9 min read
Potential factors at play w/"male backlash" with abortion:

Loss of blue-collar jobs...

Masculine identity...

Purpose & meaning...

A societal bait & switch regarding male enlightenment & traditional gender roles/expectations...

...& lack of physicality.

Let's unpack....1/ On a fundamental level, it’s important to realize the importance of the role that physicality plays in a positive masculine identity.

Beginning at our infancy, we are rewarded/positively reinforced for our physical achievements. 2/
Jul 19 23 tweets 6 min read
Another overlooked "grim economic" factor with abortion:

One of the most important factors in the elimination of poverty & advancement/development of society is giving women the right/ability to control their fertility.

What happens when that's taken away?

Let's unpack...1/ In the developing world, the absence of the right/ability to control fertility/manage reproduction not only plays a huge role in overpopulation....

.....but it essentially eliminates the contribution of 50% of these societies’ intellectual capital. 2/
Jul 19 11 tweets 3 min read
Celebrity gossip tabloids "lost their bite" b/c the tabloid culture/focus transitioned from Hollywood to D.C...

...w/reality TV celebrities becoming politicians, & attention whore politicians lusting for celebrity.

Many of the celebrity gossip-obsessed became Qanon disciples. Image ...2/...
Jul 6 8 tweets 3 min read
The gravitational pull between "authoritarian followers" and authoritarian leaders is often so strong that ideology becomes irrelevant.

@reedgalen and I discuss on the latest @ProjectLincoln pod:

1/ ....2/....
Jul 6 9 tweets 3 min read
The ultra-maga movement has evolved beyond Trump.

Now...for the “true believers”…Trump is simply a mascot and what they truly crave is the chaos of those like Steve Bannon.

@ReedGalen and I get into it on the latest @ProjectLincoln pod: Threads that were discussed/relevant to our discussion: 2/

Jun 25 5 tweets 2 min read
Don't take the bait.

The Right is not only desperate to create a narrative that demonizes the Left...and distracts from Jan. 6th, and the loss of abortion rights...

...but some are lusting for another opportunity to create mayhem & blame it on the "radical Left". 1/ ....2/....
Jun 19 5 tweets 2 min read
When emotionally exploited, even "good" people begin to act in self-preservational ways that appear empathy-lacking/inhumane/narcissistic/sociopathic, b/c "fight-or-flight" survival instinct takes over.

This is why Carlson, Bannon, etc., feed them fear: ....2/....
Jun 16 5 tweets 2 min read
"The Democrat Party today is the party of mob violence"

Convenient narrative broadcast by FOXNews, with two guys speaking involved in both the inciting of the January 6th mob violence, and the (text meassage) attempt to have Trump end it:

....2/.....
Jun 14 30 tweets 8 min read
"He struggled to fill 'a void' in his life ever since his father left the family years ago and came out as gay"

A combination of a distorted/exploited perceptions of masculinity...

...trauma...

..and misguided search for purpose/meaning.

Hurt people...hurt (other) people

1/ Image Remember when @HawleyMO blamed dysfunctional relationships with video games/porn on society's criticism of unhealthy expressions of masculinity? 2/

Jun 9 36 tweets 9 min read
The free speech absolutists, "market place of ideas", anti-cancel culture crowd...

...will "cancel" an investigation of a violent disruption of the peaceful transition of power...

...b/c it's "political theatre"...

...and b/c the committee is "illegitimate".

Let's unpack...1/ The same people who elected a reality TV star president...

...who idolize political shock jocks...

...whose elected leaders routinely engage in performative obstinance...

...and who routinely broadcast alternate reality-creating fiction....

2/
Jun 9 4 tweets 2 min read
Airplanes weren't banned after 9/11 because 747's couldn't be purchased at aviator trade shows...

...without a license/background check...

...for a couple of thousand dollars...

...by teenagers, the mentally unstable, and/or white supremacists...

...2/...