“Menticide is an old crime against the human mind and spirit but systematized anew. It is an organized system of psychological intervention and judicial perversion through which a powerful dictator can imprint his own opportunistic thoughts upon the minds of those he plans to use and destroy.” * * * “Ready made opinions can be distributed day by day through press, radio, and so on, again and again, till they reach the nerve cell and implant a fixed pattern of thought in the brain. Consequently, guided public opinion is the result, according to Pavlovian theoreticians, of good propaganda technique, and the polls a verification of the temporary successful action of the Pavlovian machinations on the mind.” —Joost Meerloo, The Rape of the Mind (Kindle, paperback, hardcover, audiobook)
10 Signs You’re Suffering from Menticide
If you are a victim of menticide, you don’t know it. That’s the first sign.
Here are nine more signs you can use to identify whether you’re suffering from this reversible condition:
1) You watch television.
2) You read newspapers and magazines.
3) You listen to the radio.
4) You absorb social media immersion campaigns.
5) You follow popular culture.
6) You support the current thing.
“The sentiments and ideas of all the persons in the gathering take one and the same direction, and their conscious personality vanishes. A collective mind is formed, doubtless transitory, but presenting very clearly defined characteristics.” —Gustave Le Bon, The Crowd: Study of the Popular Mind (Kindle, paperback, hardcover, audiobook) “The specialists in the art of persuasion and the moulding of public sentiment may try to knead man’s mental dough with all the tools of communication available to them: pamphlets, speeches, posters, billboards, radio programs, and T.V. shows. They may water down the spontaneity and creativity of thoughts and ideas into sterile and streamlined clichés that direct our thoughts even although we still have the illusion of being original and individual.” —Joost Meerloo, The Rape of the Mind (Kindle, paperback, hardcover, audiobook)
7) You know with dogmatic certainty you’re right about everything you believe—even though you’ve never examined those beliefs and didn’t come up with them through your own inquisitive research, critical thinking, and rigorous analysis.
8) You repeat thought-terminating clichés like Trust The Science™ to mollify your cognitive dissonance. As part of this kamikaze leap of faith, you trust everything you shouldn’t trust, including:
a) Governments with chronic histories of lying to, propagandizing, terrorizing, experimenting on, surveilling, censoring, torturing, interning, and murdering its own citizens.
b) Corporations continually found guilty of homicide, harm, fraud, corruption, unethical practices, bribery, coercion, intimidation, addiction-inflicting, and study-rigging.
c) Organizations, regulatory agencies, tyrants, politicians, self-aggrandizing “experts”, compromised scientists, behavioral psychologists, public-opinion engineers, smear merchants, ghostwriters, Big Tech gatekeepers, influencers, pushers, fact-chokers, and other colluders enlisted to control the narrative to protect the power and profits of (a) and (b).
9) You distrust everyone the liars tell you to distrust, namely those disproving their lies, such as:
a) Ethical scientists, physicians, whistleblowers, data analysts, and other truth-tellers exposing corruption, tyranny, human rights abuses, injury, and democide.
b) Primary sources and clear-eyed thinkers unpolluted by conflicts of interest such as independent journalists, on-the-ground reporters, dissident writers, dazzlingly keen-witted analysts, and real human beings who are documenting the objective reality being bowdlerized by legacy sources.
c) Family, friends, and other caring people who are trying to rescue you from the cult you’ve been inculcated into.
In Rape of the Mind, Joost Meerloo explains why all three of these groups must be vilified, censored, libeled, and silenced:
“Totalitaria is constantly on the alert for social sinners, the critics of the system, and accusation of dissent is equivalent to conviction in the public eye. Insinuation, calumny, and denunciation are staples of the totalitarian strategy. The entire nation is dedicated to the proposition that every man is a potential enemy of the regime.”
12-Step Recovery Program for Menticide