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  • By: Mattias Desmet
  • Narrated by: Dan Crue
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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. 

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.

©2022 Mattias Desmet (P)2022 Dreamscape Media, LLC

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A much needed 21st-c update to Hannah Arendt

According to experts quoted by Reuters fact checkers in January 2022, “mass formation” is not in the DSM, nor is it an academic term. Therefore, there is no such thing as “mass formation”.

Nevertheless, here is a book all about “mass formation” and how statistics and seemingly objective data undergirds highly subjective narratives.

Interestingly, Dismet, by training a clinical psychologist and biostatistician, draws upon the work of Hannah Arendt, Asch’s conformity experiments, and the founders of quantum physics and chaos theory to make his case for 21st-C version of totalitarianism and “the banality of evil”.

Significantly, Dismet argues that the mass formation of the majority has its ideological minority flip-side in conspiracy theories. The antidote to this slippery slope slide into totalitarianism is non-violence and to carefully and rationally speak out (ie free speech) while we still can.

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Is this the best book every written?

Matthias Desmet embarks on a journey to describe the two great mysteries of the last century. Why have dozens of countries descended into totalitarian rules murder millions? Why did those murderers think they were doing GOOD as they slaughtered the unwanted, gypsies, Jews, children, farmers? On the contrary, why do some systems produce fully functional, rational creative individuals immune to the effects of the totalitarian leaders.

These questions have been unanswered until now. Desmet is well versed in all aspects of the psychology of thought. He is well-read citing scores of the most important works of scientific genius. His description of the four causes by Aristotle is both concise yet complex enough to educated the reader.

The final three chapters are a tour de force of logic and erudition. He describes the origin of a child’s thought and how it can take two paths. One is a four part creative process which expands a child’s brain and capability into a functional adult. This is the path all humans should take. It is logical, rational and leads to expertise.

The other path a child takes is based in anxiety of self and one’s acceptance. This is a simple two part system of thought that is dominated by force. It takes from others and does not create anything. It is the power of the totalitarian state and its fuel is fear and blind trust in rulers/experts.

This content of this book should be consumed by all humans. Good people need not be driven to destroy themselves and our society and lose our diversity and potential in lieu of the collective ruled by the absurd totalitarian.

Please read this, again and again until you understand its content. Desmet has written a beautiful written work and the translators are amazing. It achieves its mission on many levels.

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Wondering What Is Going On And Why?

How did large numbers of people swallow, in succession, BLM, masks, experimental jabs and now Ukraine? Mass Formation explains it and explaining Mass Formation is what the author does. The breadth of topics iincluded in this explanation is staggering. Finally, there is a very positive way forward for society other than the march toward totalitarianism.

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Pleasantly Surprised

I didn't expect the philosophical and scientific refutation of the technocratic perspective. I assumed this would be more mechanistic in its diagnosis and prescription. The later chapters I think are worth reading twice.

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If you are a individual who wants to really get a better understanding of human relations, then get this book. The author spoke about how easily we can be deceived with “numbers and statistics” , or simply putting the word “expert” in the front of a statement . How if majority believe then it rules , even when given prove of situation we still put our blinders on and go with the majority. SMH 🤦🏽‍♂️

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Book of the Decade

I have read thousands of books in the last 10 years. This ranks amongst the best. Close your eyes and get it and while your at it, get some copies for friends and loved ones. This is a masterpiece.

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Man is not machine nor a cog.

A very relatable and refreshing look at the precursor elements that lead to man's disconnection from what is essential to totalitarianism. Historically based and presently relevant.

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Deep....Deep....Very Deep

This will be in my all time top ten books I ever listened to. This book places everything into perspective not only with government, society, religion and social classes. it's not a light superficial listen, it forces you to think and I enjoyed that about it. yes there a few dry areas that could have been sped up but i will be listening to again in the very near future.
I would sum this book as peeling an onion, there are many layers but well worth it, if you want to have your eyes opened stop hesitating and give it a listen.

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Arrow misses the mark.

In short, Mr. Desmet Gets the first leg of the road quite right and with great insight. However, as with most who stew in modernistic soil, He is staggeringly ignorant of religion, particularly western orthodoxy (He speaks of the hindu texts "the upanishads "which he clearly didn't read or even remotely get right but we are looking at western civilizations history ).His basic view is that all catholic "dogma" was what prevented " scientific reason" from flourishing. The enlightenment therefore freed mans reason to seek truth beyond this dogma .So, Mr. Desmets history is adolescent in this period( I hope it's not prejudice).the actual fact is the church fought with all heresies ,for the ultimate purpose of DEFENDING reason from worldviews that destroy it ,such as materialism and pantheism and determinism.
.It is a obvious fact that only in western orthodox nations during the "DARK AGES," did systematic science first begin and flourish...no other civilization could possibly have this...If you do not know this you are either prejudiced or lazy or most likely you've trusted the wrong mediators of information.,for this is so absolutley obvious. I truly mean no insult to other religous observers , quite the contrary, but am sighting a historical fact that's obvious and if honest will see..( Islam is quite rational and DEEPLY philosophical and theistic and had real technologys but THE QUARAN Teaches a type of determinism and questioning it is heresy, thus preventing systematic natural science and is also more pure monotheistic so the material realm is more unworthy of study to know God in a deeper way.)( JUDAISM IS PRIMARILY CONCERNED WITH THE LAW OF GOD OF MORAL BEHAVIOR OR OBSERVANCE, NOT WITH CREATION )
The church didn't keep us in the dark ages as is ignorantly alluded to in this book but was the thing that led us OUT of it..ALL Of the early, healthy scientists were catholic, most were priests and all I believe were devout to the Devine reality The Church not only was not against this type of knowing but was the arbiter of this type of knowing.Its the church that created schools, hospitals with systematic learning of our body's and disease, cosmology was a department in the Vatican. the church created astronomy while fighting astrology..it created the bedrock of medicine while fighting witchcraft, it stirred wonder in hearts leading great men and woman to simply HAVE to know more about the AWESOME gift of CREATION AND EXISTENCE..while fighting paganism that killed wonder, curiosity, gratitude and joy
ITS the mystical SENTIMENT ., the VISION....THATS THE SECRET ..ONE ONLY ALLOWED TO FLOURISH IN ORTHODOX CHRITIANITY..NOT BECOUSE WE ARE BETTER THAN THEM BUT ONLY A PARTICULAR VISION CAN KNOW REALITY IN THIS WAY...to SEE all as a GIFT . Only GRATITUDE feeds it..ONLY A CREATOR GOD AND THE GIFT OF EXISTENCE CAN DEMAND THIS...IT HAS TO BE PERSONAL..THE PERSONAL NEED TO COMMUNE WITH ONES MAKER, ONES SOURCE PARENT, ONES FATHER WITH ALL OF ONES BEING, INCLUDING ONES MIND.!!!!!!!TO LOVE THY HEAVENLYFATHER WITH ALL THY HEART WILL AND 'MIND"..ETERNAL LIFE AND JOY...OUT OF GRATITUDE!!!!!!!..THIS WAS THE DARK AGES.!!!!!!!!!!!!!..Theres NO excuse not to know this..Houever it also knew this was only ONE mode of knowledge of many.Truth is a many sided pencil balanced on its tip .She defended the other forms of reality from those who want reductionistic view of things..causing the pencil to tip over the other way..that's what heresy means....reality is symphonic, multi faceted ..
then In comes the protestant enlightenment resulting ,in much time ,in the notion this is the ONLY form of knowledge... even here many saw this toxic error , blase Pascal and george macdonald for instance) .
No.... science is not the enemy nor the cause of totalitarianism, nor is orthodox western religion the enemy of reason.... ITS MATERIALISM ....Scientistic materialism destroys people's spirits as well as destroying reason ..kills mans hearts and minds...it destroys wonder, gratitude and therefore that DEVINE SENTIMENT..( THE MYSTICAL MIND) Its NAMED materialism not because there are mysteries we can't understand but in the vision and dogma that the created realm is all that reality is, regardless of our understanding it and that the scientific type of reasoning is the only source of truth.......
The accused orthodox Christian DOGMA is this , GOD created a real world separate from HIMSELF , (BUT HE IS NOT SEPARATE FROM IT) as a ENVIRNMENT for his sentient creation to live and have this life in..This realm is governed and continually maintained by REASONABLE processes by a reasonable God and CAN BE UNDERSTOOD TO A limited DEGREE BY HIS REASONABLE CHILDREN
IN ADDITION, Non material realities can be KNOWN IN A MUCH DEEPER WAY ......Though connected, UNDERSTANDING VS KNOWING are different realities .. MOST IMPORTANTLY THIS CREATION IS OF GOD , SO PONDERING AND EXPERIENCING IT( SCIENCE) ONE CAN MOVE A LITTLE BIT MORE INTIMATELY TO GOD IN this deeper,NON PANTHEISTIC WAY... Thats the core of it ..Read Galileo, Kepler, newton instead of second hand scientistic priests telling you what they were about., and you will find it was there desire to know God mystically that was there motivation to make the discoveries they made." THE SENTIMENT, THE VISION.. ".Even our greatest artists were motivated by the desire to get closer to God through there arts, Beethoven, Bach, Michelangelo ect..Todays scientistics motivation is usually to prove , quite literally , there is NO God ,, The true scientist knows there IS a God but wishes to UNDERSTAND or know this awesome MYSTERY just a little better
...A mystery isn't the unknown,( that's ignorance) but is KNOWING A THING IS but with very limited UNDERSTANDING of it. Also, true religion does have many answers and knowledge of the supernatural realm. however it knows were REASON has its limits and EXPERIENCE GOES beyond.. hence the real definition of FAITH, THE KNOWING a thing is without fully understanding or explaining it..Enough of this. There's no excuse not to know these adolescent level truths...
this book has some good insights but are very limited and are then taken beyond there ability to have a REASONABLE conclusion......the REAL historical psychological CAUSE of THIS MATERIALISM was simply that some naturalists reaching a level of scientific knowledge that seemed to answer the origin question could finally say "who needs a God"....
There view was wish fulfillment....THE MORE HONEST of these materialists say they do not want the universe to be that way..WHY would one want this? Because , knowing the God of orthodox faith is filled with the need to look at oneself and be willing to change things that many do not want to change.....Real LOVE is not possible by human means and has a lot of painful self reflection an denial... WHO WANTS THAT! LOL ....So rightly or wrongly this materialism Is A DOGMA OF FAITH.
Back to this book then ,, I could not agree more with Mr. Desmet that materialism is poisonous to people's mental well being and is the actual pathogen that leads to totalitarianism . here this work is well worth the read and has opened my eyes to details quite impressive,.however, I believe THE WAR IS BETWEEN MATERIALISTIC RELIGION and TRUE SCIENCE...between materialistic atheism and orthodoxy's natural sciences. ..for only orthodox theism can defend the science but kick out the materialism.....
try "orthodoxy" or "everlasting man" by g.k.chesterton....just a suggestion from one who cares...
p.s. I started with" in short" . sorry LOL!!!😂......God bless

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A clear view of past and present

This book is highly edifying. The author buttresses his diagnosis of current events with historical ones. When you think he's maybe going too far afield into speech or quantum physics he's actually expanding your understanding and tying it in gracefully with his thesis. The reader was also top notch. Because of the superiority of this work I will also buy the physical book.

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  • 07-26-22

The eclectic perception that everyone needs

I’m not a fan of rules. I’m a believer in managing the self to my own ethical standards. I am often both amused and bemused by the rules of modern society. After listening to this book I feel inspired to be myself more. For me it important to be able to recognise all the diverse deceptions and traits of totalitarianism so that I can avoid them. This book helps so much. A rich vein of observational information that can boost a person’s understanding that life is what you make it based on the moments you choose to engage with. Utterly brilliant.

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  • MR
  • 07-19-22

What dross! don't bother.

I only bought it as Ivor Cummings said it was amazing!? It starts off well enough and then lapses into the usual psychological babble. Lacks any insights and gives no solutions to the current hellscape.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 07-15-22

Scary but offering hope

Very grateful to the author for the understanding he brings to a mad, mad world. Yet we are still faced with surviving the wrath of the sheep and the collapse they are driving.

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  • Gaz McKenna
  • 07-13-22

Shocking and Surprising

Mattias Desmet challenges narratives of our thinking and our times.

Wholeheartedly, I thank him for an awesome book. Full of intelligence and encouraging explanations.

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  • Alexander Kerr
  • 07-12-22

oh dear

Wasn't entirely sure where this was going when it started. When Mattias Desmet sticks to individual psychology it serves as an interesting look into how humans can develop over time. Sadly he spends most of his book making crass generalisations that in many ways fall foul of his own rules.

It starts reasonably enough with the view that perhaps science cannot explain everything in life. So far, so good. It then touches on the replication crisis in science which is an incredibly interesting problem that particularly effects his own field of psychology.

Mattias then takes a huge logical leap and uses the replication problem to begin attacking ANY belief in established "material science". "Material science" in this instance seems to mean any scientific pursuit that is not psychology.

There are some serious fallacies in most of the arguments he makes about his social theory and most claims he makes about fields outwith his own expertise. I imagine if I'd heeded his plea to abandon rational thinking at the end of the book then perhaps I would be more convinced.

His analysis of what humans have lost following on from the enlightenment is founded on an extremely rose tinted view of the past. Talk of people only having to make enough to survive personally and always seeing who received the fruits of their labour are frankly embarrassingly incorrect. His view of a people that are psychologically content under feudalism almost makes it seem like the author feels we have lost something with the deposition of the church and aristocrats as the supreme powers of the land.

The rest of the book is a mess of half baked comparisons between the Nazis, Stalin and COVID restrictions. His attempts to discredit the so called "material sciences" in this section use some seriously flawed reasoning. My personal favourite being some statistics folk get it wrong sometimes so we shouldn't trust statistics at all. For a supposed scientist to fail to understand that correcting mistake in science is part of the process is rather concerning.

He also derails the flow of the book multiple times to try and push a "placebo can replace all medicine" narrative multiple times. Incredible claims from someone without any medical experience and quite dangerous.

And just to top it all off he finishes the book by disingenuously implying that all scientists eventually end up religious and rationality has rather run its course.

This is just a whistle stop tour. Suffice it to say I would be getting back my audible credit if I could.

P.S. His entire set of guidelines for a totalitarian state are completely incoherent. At one point he suggests using a core tenant of his building blocks for totalitarianism (Directing anxiety against an enemy) against totalitarianism but not in a bad way. If you are interested in a book about tackling authoritarian behaviour you'd be beat placed reading How Democracies Die which is a much more grounded academic book.

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  • Rosemary J.
  • 06-21-22

Disappointing.

I have no doubt about the importance of some of the psychological (both individual and group) dynamics and psychology expressed in this book. But it eventually concludes that mysticism (and a belief in the fact that the universe is itself a conscious entity) that will be our salvation from the totalitarian state.
Really! I think not.
Nothing about changing social structures and putting mechanisms in place to prevent states sliding into a totalitarian nightmare.
As someone that spends a long time informing us that so call ‘science’ is often really the outcome of individual beliefs and values, he then proceeds to cherry pick from scientific papers that he believes will support his own thesis. But the author also treats human psychology as though we are all exactly the same. If you just take the individual capacity for empathy as an example-this is just not correct. Psychopaths and personality disordered people abound at the higher echelons of power are at least part of the problem but those differences in the range of human psychology are not really mentioned.
Like the curate’s egg, good in parts. But in my opinion the sum is far less than what i hoped would be the totality of the book.

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  • The Purple Shamrock
  • 09-24-22

Disappointing, misleading info

I abandoned this book 5 chapters in when Matthias Desmet stated that in Sweden people must have a written contract consenting to sex without which they can be accused of rape. I checked this out for veracity as it seemed far fetched. It is simply not true. This blatant statement of an untruth has wrecked his credibility in my eyes and I cannot take the rest of this book seriously as a result of this. Shame because I was really looking forward to this, I am really disappointed. If he can get something like this (such an easily verifiable detail) wrong then what is else in this book is misleading?

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  • Susan H
  • 08-10-22

Better understand our fragile society

This book is well-argued and clearly points out the dangers of where we are today in most of the world.
I docked one star for the performance because at times it comes across as unedited and stilted, almost as if read by AI - oh, the irony!

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  • S. P. M
  • 07-20-22

Desmet delivers... big time.

This will be remembered as one of the most important non-fiction books of the 21st century. The reader is excellent too.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 07-06-22

Nailed it.

awesome listen will be buying book next to further grasp this fascinating way people act in crowds.

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  • Frank Paul
  • 07-03-22

A Classic.

Having listened to Desmet in several long form discussions on Mass Formation, I thought this book was the written form of that thesis. I was wrong. Desmet has laid out an overarching thesis, that includes Mass Formation but includes much, much more than that. I finally understand what Totalitarianism means, and what gives rise to it. It is a must read to understand this new world that global covid policy has given us.

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  • Robyn
  • 06-21-22

Thought-provoking

This is not a book for a quick read: it contains a lot of information from many disparate fields of enquiry, all of which leads to Desmet's hypothesis to explain what got the world to where we are now. There is more here than has been discussed in Desmet's various interviews so anyone interested in his research and analysis will benefit from reading this book. Fine narration by Dan Crue.

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  • Gillian Shippen
  • 11-25-22

Many thoughts confirmed

An interesting listen with many of my own thoughts confirmed. A must read for those wanting to become aware of what is going on within governments and other authorities

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  • JaredR
  • 11-14-22

A masterpiece.

Truly fantastic work here by Mattias Desmet. Both a brilliant deep dive into the subject of the title, and a masterful survey of the other side of the coin - the domain of our humanity, and a most deep and soulful one indeed of that, bolstered not by reliance on religious figures, but by some of our greatest scientific minds (like Einstein and Bohr). A must read after the tumult of COVID and all it has Wright upon society.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-10-22

Most helpful on disciplined & imaginative thought

This is a book of tremendous importance to me personally as it navigates it's way through the perils of the imagination and the intellect and summons us to live authentically.

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  • Daniel
  • 09-21-22

fantastic and fascination!

highly recommended due to its meaningfulness of today's social and political climate. easy to listen to and highly enjoyable and informative.

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  • Alex
  • 09-15-22

Mind blowing and brilliant!

Wow! What an incredible book. I thought I might get an interesting psychological explanation of the last few years but I go so, so much more. This book weaves psychology with philosophy, history, sociology, religion, the esoteric and even quantum physics and it does so flawlessly. And it gives Hope as we head into a frightening new chapter of this mass formation. We'll done Mr Desmet!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-24-22

Required listening

An often horrifying but always enthralling listen, I will be listening to this one again and again

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-21-22

Explains alot

This book has given me a different way to look at the current events that i considered a conspiracy. Well written, easy to comprehend.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-01-22

Broad, interesting, incisive

Loved it. Not sure that the people who should read it will, but if they do, they will be given the opportunity to scratch the surface of modern human society. Thoroughly interesting. Perhaps my favourite Audible book. Will definitely look for more by the same author.