Most media manipulation tactics have one common denominator: the justification of not doing real investigative work through an appeal to emotion.
That emotion can be:
1. 𝘾𝙤𝙢𝙥𝙖𝙨𝙨𝙞𝙤𝙣: justifying unproductive measures in the name of good intentions, victimization to elicit protective instinct. 𝑬𝒎𝒑𝒍𝒐𝒚𝒆𝒅 𝑺𝒕𝒓𝒂𝒕𝒆𝒈𝒊𝒆𝒔: Good Intentions/Ideals, Single Perspective, Appeal To Emotion, Victimization
2. 𝑭𝒆𝒂𝒓: eliciting the fight/flight/freeze response in the body, eliciting response of waiting for salvation/solutions from above/powerlessness or at the other end, self-righteousness/entitlement. 𝑬𝒎𝒑𝒍𝒐𝒚𝒆𝒅 𝑺𝒕𝒓𝒂𝒕𝒆𝒈𝒊𝒆𝒔: The Hegelian Dialectic or Problem-Reaction-Solution
3. 𝑭𝒆𝒆𝒍𝒊𝒏𝒈 𝑵𝒐𝒕 𝑮𝒐𝒐𝒅 𝑬𝒏𝒐𝒖𝒈𝒉: not trusting own impressions and relying upon external forces. 𝑬𝒎𝒑𝒍𝒐𝒚𝒆𝒅 𝑺𝒕𝒓𝒂𝒕𝒆𝒈𝒊𝒆𝒔: Authority Figures, Gaslighting, Validity/Invalidity Through Association.
4. 𝑻𝒐𝒍𝒆𝒓𝒂𝒏𝒄𝒆: slowly rolling out measures as the public is warmed up to new ideas. 𝑬𝒎𝒑𝒍𝒐𝒚𝒆𝒅 𝑺𝒕𝒓𝒂𝒕𝒆𝒈𝒊𝒆𝒔: Mere Exposure, Good Intentions/Ideals, Victimization
5. 𝑨 𝑺𝒆𝒏𝒔𝒆 𝒐𝒇 𝑺𝒖𝒑𝒆𝒓𝒊𝒐𝒓𝒊𝒕𝒚: assuming stupidity, ill intent, ignorance on the part of the opposition. 𝑬𝒎𝒑𝒍𝒐𝒚𝒆𝒅 𝑺𝒕𝒓𝒂𝒕𝒆𝒈𝒊𝒆𝒔: Discrediting Dissent, Assuming Reasons, Labels/Frames, False Opposites/False Dichotomy.
Found this great audiobook on YouTube on healing trauma.
It’s by Peter Levine and it explains what trauma is, how it is associated to a freeze/immobility response in the body and how to come out of it.
If you’re feeling stuck, trapped or blocked, this might help.
The difficulties/challenges/conflicts we experience occur most often due to misperceptions. It may seem on the surface level that the external trigger is responsible for our emotional response, yet on a closer examination we will find that there was actually something within us – some pre-existing fear, some pre-existing pain – that responded to the trigger. If we go even further with our examination we will find that behind the fear and behind the pain there are false assumptions, misperceptions.
Many if not most of these misperceptions originate from childhood experiences when our concept of reality was narrow and so we drew wrong conclusions about our painful experiences. These wrong conclusions can look like:
- If I disagree with people, they will withdraw their love from me
- I need to defend myself or else people will take from me what I don’t want to give
- I have to always be in control, otherwise I am not safe
We often carry these beliefs and attitudes with us into adulthood without realizing, that is unless we are confronted with situations that bring them to the surface. Intellectually we may know that these are not true, yet the emotions have a reality of their own. It is the emotions that need to learn the new reality.
If we use the trigger as an opportunity to look within ourselves, we can trace the emotions back to when they were initially brought up. And by understanding the context in which our coping mechanisms were adopted, we can understand their unreality in our current circumstances. We can understand that they seemed appropriate at the time and that they were based on a false interpretation of reality.
It can be difficult to unearth these attitudes and feelings as they hide in our unconscious. And being aware of them can be challenging too. Yet once they are seen and felt, it is as though you step into a new reality, as though a heaviness is lifted from your shoulders.
And that is so worth it.