“Mattias Desmet’s theory of mass formation is the most important lens through which we can understand the COVID-19 pandemic and the social aberrations that accompanied it. In The Psychology of Totalitarianism, Desmet explains how and why people will willingly give up their freedom, how the masses can give rise to a totalitarian leader, and—most importantly —how we can resist these phenomena and maintain our common humanity. This is the most important book of 2022.” —DR. ROBERT MALONE, author of Lies My Gov’t Told Me The world is in the grips of mass formation―a dangerous, collective type of hypnosis―as we bear witness to loneliness, free-floating anxiety, and fear giving way to censorship, loss of privacy, and surrendered freedoms. It is all spurred by a singular, focused crisis narrative that forbids dissident views and relies on destructive groupthink. Desmet’s work on mass formation theory was brought to the world’s attention on The Joe Rogan Experience and in major alternative news outlets around the globe. Read this book to get beyond the sound bites! Totalitarianism is not a coincidence and does not form in a vacuum. It arises from a collective psychosis that has followed a predictable script throughout history, its formation gaining strength and speed with each generation―from the Jacobins to the Nazis and Stalinists―as technology advances. Governments, mass media, and other mechanized forces use fear, loneliness, and isolation to demoralize populations and exert control, persuading large groups of people to act against their own interests, always with destructive results. In The Psychology of Totalitarianism, world-renowned Professor of Clinical Psychology Mattias Desmet deconstructs the societal conditions that allow this collective psychosis to take hold. By looking at our current situation and identifying the phenomenon of “mass formation”―a type of collective hypnosis―he clearly illustrates how close we are to surrendering to totalitarian regimes.
CONTENTS Introduction PART I Science and Its Psychological Effects 1: Science and Ideology 2: Science and Its Practical Applications 3: The Artificial Society 4: The (Im)measurable Universe 5: The Desire for a Master PART II Mass Formation and Totalitarianism 6: The Rise of the Masses 7: The Leaders of the Masses 8: Conspiracy and Ideology PART III Beyond the Mechanistic Worldview 9: The Dead versus the Living Universe 10: Matter and Spirit 11: Science and Truth Acknowledgments Notes