Mass formation psychosis. It sounds like the name of your friend’s failed high school band.

Psychosis is when people lose some contact with reality. Mass formation psychosis is when a large part of a society focuses its attention to a leader(s) or a series of events and their attention focuses on one small point or issue. Followers can be hypnotized and be led anywhere, regardless of data proving otherwise. A key aspect of the phenomena is that the people they identify as the leaders — the one’s that can solve the problem or issue alone — they will follow that leader(s) regardless of any new information or data. Furthermore, anybody who questions the leader’s narrative are attacked and disregarded.

There are four key components needed for an environment to experience a mass formation psychosis: lack of social bonds or decoupling of societal connections, lack of sense-making (things don’t make sense), free-floating anxiety, and free-floating psychological discontent. Free-floating anxiety is a general sense of uneasiness that is not tied to any particular object or specific situation.

When followers start to participate in a strategy to deal with the object of anxiety, new social bonds typically emerge and people change from a highly aversive negative mental state and isolation, to the exact opposite to the extremely high-level of connectedness that exists.

Where did this theory come from? Is it real? Is this what we are experiencing now?

Joe Rogan’s recent episode with Dr. Robert Malone, fact-checkers have stayed busy “debunking” the existence of mass psychosis in modern society. Dr. Malone explains the phenomenon in the controversial podcast episode by providing listeners with the following definition.

“The answer is mass formation psychosis,” he says, “When society becomes decoupled from each other and has a free-floating anxiety in a sense that things don’t make sense…Then their attention gets focused by a leader or series of events on one small point, just like hypnosis.”

Psychosis is when someone loses touch with reality. It can be triggered by many things like schizophrenia and other illnesses, trauma, extreme stress, and physical injuries.

Mass psychogenic illness or mass hysteria is a contagious dissociative state that takes place in groups of people. An example is when a group of people start to feel sick together, even if there is no reason for them to be sick.

Groupthink — This happens when group loyalty and adherence are more important than making the right decisions. The group usually doesn’t question their own competency or morality, they believe firmly in their ideologies and find it difficult to express their individuality, since conforming is more important than anything else.

How Totalitarians Control a Population through Loneliness

In the book The Origins of Totalitarianism by philosopher Hannah Arendt, she notes that individuals who were alone and separated from each other were more susceptible to mass delusions and psychosis. In a totalitarian society, she referred to a specific group of people as the “masses,” apathetic and easily swayed individuals who are a result of indoctrination, manipulation, and programming. They become obedient and make the perfect pawns for authoritarian regimes. And the best way to shape the “masses,” Arendt states, is through isolation.

Totalitarianism control is rooted in isolation, the following quote summarizes the phenomenon: “Totalitarianism uses isolation to deprive people of human companionship, making action in the world impossible, while destroying the space of solitude. The iron-band of totalitarianism, as Arendt calls it, destroys man’s ability to move, to act, and to think, while turning each individual in his lonely isolation against all others, and himself. The world becomes a wilderness, where neither experience nor thinking are possible.”

Is it possible that lockdown mandates at the start of the pandemic caused people to turn against each other and even themselves?

Studies have proven that lockdown participants reported higher rates of moderate to severe depression. So while many people stayed in the comfort of their own home to avoid the virus per government orders, the social isolation came with consequences, and depression and anxiety rose in those quarantining as well as the general population. Arendt paints loneliness caused by isolation as a damaging weapon used by extreme political regimes.

Are People Really Hypnotized?

Lastly, let’s go over Dr. Malone’s claim that these individuals are basically hypnotized after their attention is placed on a specific leader (Hmm, like Fauci?) or event (vaccine mandates). And I get it, the idea of society being under some sort of spell seems absolutely crazy to some people — but hypothetically speaking, if society really was under hypnosis, well, they wouldn’t even realize it. But then again, is it really that crazy of an idea when it’s documented that the CIA intended to hypnotize Americans into becoming loyal to the point of causing split personalities during the Cold War? Personally, I think that dismissing the possibility of mass indoctrination and programming is even more asinine.

Dr. Malone may have used a term that isn’t recognized in psychiatric circles, but his intended message isn’t wrong — the people showing such strong adherence to certain ideologies, and even criticizing or demonizing those who disagree, are all exhibiting signs of delusions of grandeur, a form of psychosis, all caused by loneliness, uncertainty, and confusion imposed by government control.

Learn again to love each other and together good will conquer evil.



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Bill McDonald

Husband, Father and Porsche enthusiast. I wake up everyday with a passion to help others become the best version of themselves.