This podcast is the narrated version of my article The Dark Side of Your Emotional Needs – Connection.
Part five in the series explores our innate human desire for a sense of community and how it can work against us.
In this episode I talk about:
- Your decisions? Or your tribe’s?
- Taking poison instead of medicine
- Stay or die!
- The danger of leaving our brains behind
- Lack purpose, social connection and meaning
- Conform at all costs
- Put the group’s aims above your own moral code
- Let the group manipulate you using shame, threats, and promises
- Denigrate outsiders
- Partake of frequent, ritualistic, repetitive activities
- Blindly defer to authority
- Use not just groupthink, but also groupspeak
- On no account try to understand outside perspectives
- Lose your mind in mob mentality
- 3 steps to resisting group mentality
Or watch this episode of the podcast on video below:
- Mussolini, who had a Jewish mistress and friends, famously said: “Race? It is a feeling, not a reality. … National pride has no need of the delirium of race.”
- Williams, K. D., Forgas, J. P., and von Hippel, W. (Eds) (2005), The social outcast: Ostracism, social exclusion, rejection, and bullying. Psychology Press, New York.
- For a wonderful clarification of cultishness in everyday life, see: Deikman, A. (1990), The wrong way home: Uncovering the patterns of cult behavior in American society. Beacon Press, Boston.
- Milgram, S. (1973), ‘The perils of obedience’. Published in Harper’s Magazine, December 1973.
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