The Psychology of Impeachment
by Don Rosenberg 10/1/19
In times of stress, the human mind shifts downward to emotional thinking rather than rational thinking. In our brains, psychological counter-measures kick in to protect our self-image and to make us feel better. Personal and marriage counselors spend a great amount of time dealing with these issues, especially in abusive relationships.
On a larger level, when there is political stress, the same instincts take hold. Nothing else can explain what’s currently happening with the desperate calls to impeach President Trump for doing something that was actually done by Joe Biden and others in their time in office.
The psychological coping mechanisms of blame-shifting, projection and deflection are all present in the mainstream media, the Democrat party, and the Leftist-Progressive movement.
Here’s a little research on each one…
“Blame-shifting is an emotionally abusive behaviour or tactic. These are some definitions or descriptions of blame-shifting:
- Abusers have difficulty taking responsibility for problems. They go as far as necessary to attribute blame for their circumstances to anyone else, even if it may sound somewhat conspiratorial….
- An abuser has a great capacity for self-deception. He projects the blame for his relationship difficulties onto his partner. He wouldn’t get angry if only she would not nag him so much. He would not lie if she didn’t get upset.
- An emotional abuser sets up a dynamic where the victim comes to believe that they are to blame and that they must work harder to fix the problems (such as improving the relationship.) …
- Blame-shifting or “blaming the victim” is a form of context switching and crazymaking. When you are confronting them on something they did or attempting to set boundaries, they switch the whole focus back to you, and thus put you on the defensive…
- In order to discredit a victim, an abuser will often blame the victim for their own actions, even going so far as to say the victim is in fact the one who committed the abuse. This may cause the victim to feel defeated or like they are losing their mind. Abusers often claim friends, family, mental health professionals, church leaders or other authorities are in agreement with them, which has the effect of isolating the victim and preventing the victim from getting help.
- Blame-shifting is a way to escape taking responsibility for an act or even discussing it.”
“Psychological projection is a defence mechanism in which the human ego defends itself against unconscious impulses or qualities (both positive and negative) by denying their existence in themselves while attributing them to others.”
So a man who is a habitual thief might suspect others of taking one of his belongings, even if there is no evidence whatsoever.
“Deflection, by definition, is a method of changing the course of an object, an emotion or thought from its original source. Psychological deflection is seen as a narcissistic abuse tactic used to control the mind and emotions of others.
Nevertheless, psychological deflection is not only a narcissistic tool but also a coping mechanism strategy. Individuals who use it seek to mask their own impulses by denying their mistakes and projecting them on the people around them.
Why Psychological Deflection Occurs
We have a natural tendency to be proud of our achievements and share our positive results with others. But when it comes to failure, we usually attribute it to the external factors: the system, the bank, the teacher, the school, the country, etc.
In addition, it is much easier to make a list of other people’s mistakes than to acknowledge our own. This is because our “Ego” develops a self-defense system that prevents us from admitting that we are wrong. Thus, it makes us feel less responsible for the consequences of our actions.
Consequently, this self-defense system has negative effects on the way we perceive the world we live in, including our own image. We will always believe that the causes of our mistakes will never be related to our behavior or actions. As such, the external environment is the one to blame.
We will also overanalyse the situation and the people around us to the point where our mind begins to project our flaws on to our surroundings. The most interesting aspect is that, under normal circumstances, we do not dislike or see other people’s flaws. But when the crisis occurs, the same people we once perceived as okay suddenly turn into the source of our misfortune.
Someone Is Always Guilty
Countless studies show that all groups (family, job, friends, etc.) have their own “guilty party“. It’s that one person that everyone blames even though it is not always her/his fault. Once someone becomes the guilty party, practically, the group will attribute all the failures of each member to that one specific person, in order to defend their infallible image.
Blaming is a psychological epidemic, a contagious move that can leave traces in the hearts of the people around us. The blamed person will collect the woes of all members of the group…
When we blame other people for our mistakes, we consciously or unconsciously use a self-esteem strategy. In other words, we use underestimation and accusations so we can increase our self-confidence, especially when we sense competition.”
Democrat actions may be simply a clumsy or cynical attempt at a power-grab from a duly elected president, but that doesn’t explain their level of angst and animosity. Learning these psychological terms brings many of today’s headlines into new focus.
It’s interesting to note the level of hostility and hatred at a Democrat demonstration vs. the amount of happiness and enthusiasm at a Trump rally.
The Democrats won’t accept their defeat in 2016 and can’t understand how someone who someone who is “not like us” could be running the country. Trump, despite his riches, has more in common with the bricklayer and the plumber, than the owner of the building where they are working. His language is crude, he’s brash and unfiltered. They can’t understand why half of the country loves him, and why many of their former supporters view him favorably and are leaving the Democrat party.
But all of this mock outrage in the media and Congress is taking its toll in the polls. Much of the public now believes that impeachment for a simple phone call is worth considering.
Joseph Goebbels, the head of Hitler’s Ministry of Public Enlightenment and Propaganda, knew one other psychological trick – “the big lie.” People are inherently good, and they think that no one would be so despicable to knowingly lie about something important. Turns out, studies show the bigger the lie the more effective it is.
Understanding these psychological principles can help us counter-act media lies and prevent more erosion of support for our President…