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Are Leftists Literally Addicted to Hatred?

By Don Rosenberg

Enthusiasm and passion have been a hallmark of political action over all of history.  Stating something strongly and with conviction gets attention and almost forces people to listen.  But the last three years have seen political passion turn into an explosion of hatred and anger like never before.  Why is this?


Psychologists say that anger arises when we have an unmet demand.  Some angry reactions are reasonable, such as objecting to bad service at an expensive restaurant, or protesting against an injustice, but others are irrational, such as shooting a gun at someone who just cut you off in traffic.


We use emotions such as anger to help us survive in difficult situations.  Scientists have found that all emotions cause neuro-chemical changes in the brain and hate and anger have a larger impact.


Jean Kim, M.D., a psychiatrist and a Clinical Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at George Washington University, writes, “Anger overrides all other moral and rational brakes in the brain because it originates from our primordial, original limbic system: the brain center of our most automatic emotions like fear and desire…. While anger feels good in the moment, it is in fact deeply illogical and destructive; it overrides all other moral and rational brakes in the brain.”


Edie Weinstein, MSW, LSW writes, “The neurotransmitter chemicals known as catecholamines are released causing a blast of kinetic energy that can last a few minutes.  In a counterintuitive way, feeling bad sometimes feels good.  Like any addiction, anger can induce discharge of dopamine epinephrine and norepinephrine.  The adrenalin rush contributes to a sense of strength and invulnerability… it creates a sense of aliveness.”


Constant anger and hatred can easily become an addiction.


Excessive behaviors share many of the same characteristics as substance abuse and can easily become full-blown addictions -- behaviors you can’t stop that lead to harmful consequences such as ruined relationships, loss of a job, or physical harm to yourself or others.


Liberals discussed the science behind an addiction to hate several years ago when talking about white supremacists and conservative talk shows turning normal people into hate-filled fanatics, but now it’s the liberals who are being transformed.


Dr. Kim explains,


“Science agrees that we can get fixated on our own anger; the actual mechanism of this addiction is fascinatingly complex….


“Any perceived threat — physical, metaphysical, ideological, or imagined — causes the amygdalae, the two almond-shaped bundles of neurons in the medial temporal lobe, to alert the brain to prepare for a fight (or flight).  This signal causes the release of the neurotransmitter dopamine, as well as the stress hormones cortisol, adrenaline, and noradrenaline, which kick-start our sympathetic nervous system, causing oxygen levels in the blood and glucose levels in the brain to rise.  Our heart rate, blood sugar levels, and blood pressure go up — energizing us for a fight.


“This rush of neurochemicals has a transformative effect on our behavior.  We might yell, clench our fists, or fume, signaling to everyone around us that we’re ready to blow up.  At the same time, more subtle changes are happening.  Notably, the mix disrupts our ability to think logically and makes a mess of our short-term memories.  Noradrenaline and cortisol in particular suppress function in the prefrontal cortex, the area of the brain tasked with executive decision making.”


So, our brains get a rush from hateful rhetoric and actions, and as we become addicted, we crave more and more.


Hatred is contagious.


Humans are social animals, so it’s easiest to get this reinforcement simply by interacting with like-minded people.  Negative emotions are stronger, while calmer emotions are negated until the burst of neurochemicals diminishes.  This is why it’s extremely difficult to reason with someone who is enraged.


Hatred has been characterized as its own kind of virus, because emotions are shared easily within groups.  This makes evolutionary sense; in order to survive, we need to be able to work together in social settings.  In the age of the internet, social media and mass communications travel at light speed, therefore hatred does as well.


Researchers from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania cataloged the most recirculated New York Times articles and found the only feeling that outpaced anger was awe.  “Anger is a high-arousal emotion, which drives people to take action,” says Jonah Berger, the marketing professor who conducted the study.  “It makes you feel fired up, which makes you more likely to pass things on.”


Media, social media and other internet entities take advantage of these emotions to fuel their economic engines.  How often do you see an outrageous headline only to click the link and end up at a website full of ads for male enhancement drugs or beauty creams?


This also explains why a fire or murder leads the news, while stories with a much greater impact aren’t even covered.  “If it bleeds, it leads.” Their ultimate goal is to sell advertising.


Anger is dangerous


We’ve all heard the term “seeing red.” Crowds become angry and out of control.  This is when rioting and beatings happen.  People completely uninvolved with the issue at hand are assaulted or even killed, and stores and businesses that benefit the community are looted and burned to the ground.


But what we are discovering during current “protests” are agitators seeded into the crowds who fan the flames of anger and hatred.  A different agitator will throw the first punch or break the first window, and the angry crowd follows.


This is why “incitement to riot” is a criminal offense.


Dr. Kim continues, “The rush behind anger can be triggered by underlying feelings of weakness or insecurity, a way to feel powerful in the moment...  It also helps people feel briefly in control of things they typically have no control over.”


During the COVID 19 pandemic, people are scared and feel helpless to defend themselves against an unseen enemy.  This has been a perfect opportunity for outside forces to stir up even more panic and direct anger and hatred toward the target of their choice, which happens to be the entire American society, including the police, our history, and our president.


The fear of having an angry mob being focused on you or your family is enough to get rational people to go along with the mob’s agenda.  Like victims of the “Stockholm syndrome,” they often end up believing the agenda themselves.  This has carried into the business world where corporate leaders become believers, or simply make tactical statements or fire outspoken employees to keep the mobs from attacking their stores or starting a boycott.


This is how basic psychology can be used to overthrow the government of an entire country.  History is replete with examples, from the Boston Tea Party and the French Revolution, to the Arab Spring.


If we don’t quickly learn from history and how populations can be controlled through hate, and who is funding the agitators, we are likely to become the next victims.


Read more: https://www.americanthinker.com/articles/2020/07/are_leftists_literally_addicted_to_hatred_.html#ixzz6TVP0zFoR

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In addition to the above:

I believe today is the result of anger from liberals, and is a reflection of the frustration at the feeling they don't control anything.  They feel they don't control their own lives, things are happening that are beyond their control.  They lack the understanding that they can re-group and re-adjust, to make things come out right.  This is an ability they have to be taught.

They have a national leader that says we should be strong in our conviction, full of self determination, and exercise the freedom to manage our own lives without the "father or mother figure of government" overseeing or controlling what happens to you.

This says we determine our own future.  That we are responsible for our own lives, and we must make all the decisions that determine how our lives progress and eventually turn out individually.

This is a frightening concept in all it's manifestations, to a person that is insecure in their ability or their belief, they can control or effect the outcome of any event. 

This insecurity is fed by a political party that tells them the world is a scary place and that it's too scary for an individual to influence. The most frightening part of making a decision is the potential that you made a bad decision.  To many this is the reason that they hesitate to make any decision at all and have the desire that others decisions them for them.  It's an irrational fear of "being wrong".

This same political party tells them that the party will take the frightening decisions away from them, and make them for the people, thus freeing them from the scary concept of having to be responsible for managing their own lives,  thus the decision, even if it's a bad one, is not theirs and they have no guilt for making it no matter the outcome.

These people are like children, in that they haven't developed the self confidence and determination at an early age that says to them, if you make a mistake, you can correct it.  If you veer from your desired path, you can correct it through perseverance and personal effort.  If you lack certain talents to achieve your goal, you can learn these talents and take control.

I do believe that these are traits that they have been taught, insecurity and fear of the unknown.  Either their parents live in the fear or insecurity, or they have been taught this at school.  Long ago teachers had strong personal skills, and they knew how to instill independence by teaching children just how to find the information that allowed them to make an intelligent decision.

Now teachers are telling students that there are so many things wrong with the world, and that the children are supposed to correct them all, and that everyone else's problems are their responsibility to correct.  They are not teaching them that your responsibility is to make yourself a better person in our society, and you are not responsible to correct others failings!

Children today are so obsessed with trying to fix all the world's problems, and those of other peoples, that they have no time to fix their own.  That and that the government is responsible for caring for them as would a father or mother.  To comfort them and tell them that they will fix the world and the fearful individual will not have those responsibilities to burden themselves.  They just have to cede control to the government.

 I believe that fear of life and all it's pitfalls have been taught to children by fearful parents and fearful teachers.  Individuals that fear life gather in groups for self protection and to present a greater threat to the thing they all fear.  Greater number means that they can impose their will on others that they fear.  Such as, confident individuals.

Those confident  people that know they can change their own lives and teach this to their children, characteristically are independent and don't need the protection of the group to face life.  They have the courage to face it independently and have a preference to be alone in the sense that they want no one to interfere with their life choices that they make for themselves.  They have the courage to believe that the choices they make for themselves, are the best choices and no one should interfere with them.  Right or wrong, they make their own decisions.

Independence is a frightening thing.  When you have to decide that you control your own destiny and no one else has a vested interest in your success.  But they have only themselves to worry about. 

You control you, and little else.

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6 hours ago, DWARREN123 said:

Actually I believe it is lack of logical thought that is their main problem, that and mom's basement is getting too small! 

i Agree to that but Add, they Hate because they are lead by Emotion and not Logic but also no understanding of Responsibility or Positivism.


being told for Decades how bad everything is and its not getting better by Adults with Agendas has Damaged them, never being allowed to fail and call it a failure has Taught them never to learn to Stand on Their own.

they have been allowed to Dwell unhappily in Mom`s Basement..

now when they are pepper sprayed and Batoned for Breaking Laws, Rioting and Hurting others they think the playing field needs to leveled and they shouldn't be Judged for Criminal Actions.

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