I wish therapist and counselors were politicians, instead of politicians. The quest for power has always attracted the worst kinds of people, or at least has brought out the traits that have the capacity to cause a lot of damage to the people they are governing. There are a couple of things I have noticed that seems to be a commonality amongst politicians:
- Cognitive dissonance. This phenomenon is something that effects not just politicians but all of us. According to the online dictionary, it is, “the state of having inconsistent thoughts, beliefs, or attitudes, especially as relating to behavioral decisions and attitude change.” What this means, is that once a decision is made, you stick to it, because you want to avoid the uncomfortable feeling of perhaps you made the wrong choice. It is one reason why people will stay in a relationship that is toxic, way past the due date, because admitting that your thoughts could have been wrong, is a very uncomfortable idea indeed. Cognitive dissonance in politics, has the potential to destroy us all. For example, many politicians do not believe global warming is real, or at least it is not created by humans. Therefore, they will block policies to try to reduce carbon emissions. Admitting they are wrong, would be too painful, especially if the ego is enlarged in that certain individual. So, someone who avoids cognitive dissonance with vigor, is going to only accept evidence of theories that only accept their viewpoint, and nothing else. So you can present the best evidence to this person, and their mind will block it, they will only accept it if it conforms to their ideology.
A therapists job, is to keep an open mind, and accept the ideas of others. If a therapist is presented with a viewpoint that was different then their own, they would listen to the evidence, and not reject the idea because they are aware of cognitive dissonance.
- The law of reciprocation. This one is simple, and dangerous. The corporations (or people) who give me the most money, are the people I work for. We are under the myth that government works for the people, it works for whoever put them into power. So if the “grandma cookie corporation” put me into office, I will forever be working for the “grandma cookie corporation. The downside of this of course, is that, what is usually good for the corporation, is not good for you or I. Because of the law of reciprocation, these companies can invest millions into a politician, and get billions back in returns. Not a bad investment. The only problem is, it has the potential to destroy the environment, and a good living wage for anyone working for grandma, and tons of other things. Not even a therapist is immune to this, nobody is. If we were to get rid of this phenomenon, we would have to change the laws of our country, where people are not allowed to give unlimited donations in secret. The larger the sums of donations given, the larger the law.
- Group think. According to the online dictionary it is, “the practice of thinking or making decisions as a group in a way that discourages creativity or individual responsibility.” In a nutshell, you are going to vote on things, that your party votes on, no matter how terrible the bill may be. You do not want to go against your party. Going against the group, could be political suicide. Unfortunately, that is the system we are in. I could write a thousand-page book on the subject of group think, it is the reason why the two-party system we have is split. Republicans will vote unanimously for one thing, while every democrat will vote against it. It is sad to watch, it is pathetic and it is one of the cogs that is delaying true creativity and change.
A therapist or counselor would encourage creativity, would get out of the realm of group think. Ideas would be presented, and talked about. These dangerous games that are being played in politics, the rules they create, that are hurting so many of us, it is something that has got to stop. The only way it is going to stop is if people start educating themselves on the people who are representing them. To look beyond the nefarious rhetoric, and to see who the individual really is. The irony of the politician is, they need your vote, so they are not going to tell you the truth. If they are going to work for the rich, they are not going to tell you that, it is up to us to get to the truth. We must work hard at not only changing the politicians, but the way the system is ran as well. Things get passed, under the radar, all the time, and it is the little things that can sink the boat.
Anyway, those are my thoughts of the day. Please respond! Have a wonderful existence.
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