Skip to content

Are Brexit and Anti-Trump demonstrators “insane”?

Trump in the UK

Remember the words of Russian author, Nobel Prize winner and former prisoner of the Soviet Union Alexander Solzhenitsyn: “If decade after decade the truth cannot be told, people’s minds start to wander irretrievably and talking to your fellow man is like talking to Martians”?

That’s precisely what Political Correctness has wrought on our people, creating a state of tension and what psychiatrists call a “cognitive dissonance”, when folk are bullied into accepting irrational ideas which are at odds with their natural subconscious thoughts.

According to cognitive dissonance theory, there is a tendency for individuals to seek consistency among their cognitions (i.e. beliefs and opinions). When there is an inconsistency between attitudes or behaviours (dissonance), something must change to eliminate the dissonance.

So, if a person is constantly told that prejudice and discrimination against people of a different race or of a different sexual orientation is wrong, yet instinctively feel this prejudice to be justified, either by empiricism or scientific study, then a cognitive dissonance will arise, often accompanied by irrational and maladaptive behaviour.

Sometimes physiological symptoms such as psoriasis can result with large areas of sufferers’ skin erupting in red patches.

And now in America, mental health professionals around the country, especially those working in Democratic strongholds, report a stream of patients coming in with anxiety and depression related to — or worsened by — the blast of daily news on the new administration.

This politics-induced anxiety is now so common it’s been given an unofficial name: Post-Election Stress Disorder – a form of mental illness, an insanity.

Nancy Molitor, a psychologist in the Chicago suburbs, says the vast majority of her patients – from millennials to those in their 80s – are bringing up politics in their therapy sessions. “What we’re seeing now after the inauguration is a huge uptick in anxiety.”

Patients say they are having trouble sleeping and focusing at work or are fighting more with family members,

“I have people who’ve told me they’re in mourning, that they’ve lost their libido, I have people saying the anxiety is causing them to be so distracted that they’re blowing through stop signs or getting into fender benders” said Molitor.

Poor mad snowflakes!