Losing Reality

A definitive account of the psychology of zealotry, from a National Book Award winner and a leading authority on the nature of cults, political absolutism, and mind control In this unique and timely volume Robert Jay Lifton, the National ...


Author: Robert Jay Lifton

Publisher: The New Press

ISBN: 9781620975121

Category: Religion


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A definitive account of the psychology of zealotry, from a National Book Award winner and a leading authority on the nature of cults, political absolutism, and mind control In this unique and timely volume Robert Jay Lifton, the National Book Award–winning psychiatrist, historian, and public intellectual proposes a radical idea: that the psychological relationship between extremist political movements and fanatical religious cults may be much closer than anyone thought. Exploring the most extreme manifestations of human zealotry, Lifton highlights an array of leaders—from Mao to Hitler to the Japanese apocalyptic cult leader Shōkō Asahara to Donald Trump—who have sought the control of human minds and the ownership of reality. Lifton has spent decades exploring psychological extremism. His pioneering concept of the “Eight Deadly Sins” of ideological totalism—originally devised to identify “brainwashing” (or “thought reform”) in political movements—has been widely quoted in writings about cults, and embraced by members and former members of religious cults seeking to understand their experiences. In Losing Reality Lifton makes clear that the apocalyptic impulse—that of destroying the world in order to remake it in purified form—is not limited to religious groups but is prominent in extremist political movements such as Nazism and Chinese Communism, and also in groups surrounding Donald Trump. Lifton applies his concept of “malignant normality” to Trump’s efforts to render his destructive falsehoods a routine part of American life. But Lifton sees the human species as capable of “regaining reality” by means of our “protean” psychological capacities and our ethical and political commitments as “witnessing professionals.” Lifton weaves together some of his finest work with extensive new commentary to provide vital understanding of our struggle with mental predators. Losing Reality is a book not only of stunning scholarship, but also of huge relevance for these troubled times.

Locating and Losing the Self in the World

Ultimate Reality as Objective Truth William James captures the problem of
pragmatic belief formation and the existence of objective truth in this sentiment, “
Purely objective truth, truth in whose establishment the function of giving human ...


Author: Laura Specker Sullivan

Publisher: Cambridge Scholars Publishing

ISBN: 9781443869508

Category: Philosophy

Page: 170

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Comparative philosophy brings into focus relationships found across philosophies of disparate cultures. In the contemporary globalizing world, this perspective is vital – it ensures that diverse voices have the opportunity to be heard and refines the understanding of the many varieties of philosophical thought. Philosophy departments around the world are beginning to see the import of this broader perspective. Recent years have seen tremendous growth in the areas of Chinese, Japanese, Indian, Islamic, African, Latin American, and indigenous philosophies. Every year, graduate students from around the world gather at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa, the defining center of this comparative movement, in order to attend the Uehiro Graduate Student Philosophy Conference. These students bring a range of philosophical interests that converge to a definite theme over the course of the conference. At the 2012 meeting, this theme revolved around human beings’ recognition of themselves as selves, the discovery of the nature of these selves, and their relation to the world at large. These issues are comparative in the best sense of the word, drawing on the interests of canonical Western philosophy, as well as reflecting the fundamental concerns of non-Western philosophies. The three sections of this volume capture the stages of thought moving from self-awareness to self-transcendence, and leading to the general theme of the volume: locating and losing the self in the world. The papers in this volume represent diverse philosophical viewpoints, from canonical Western figures such as Immanuel Kant and Simone de Beauvoir, to those of non-Western philosophers who have been gaining interest in the English-speaking world, such as Nāgārjuna and Nishida Kitarō. By gaining familiarity with these figures’ perspectives, readers will become better able to distinguish and think through issues including linguistic and phenomenological understanding of the self, the self’s full engagement with the world, and the world’s reciprocal determination of the self.

The Experience of Reality in Childhood Schizophrenia

( d ) The primary model of reality , as a phychological experience , is the
experience of the bodily self , as bounded ... that his behavioral disorganization
reflects , on the one hand , a deep fear and anxiety at not reaching and / or at
losing reality ...


Author: Austin M. Des Lauriers

Publisher: International Universities PressInc

ISBN: UOM:39015002408170

Category: Child psychiatry

Page: 215

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Governments Losing Ground

It is unfair to argue on the basis of a one-sided causal relationship between a
changing reality and institutional changes and to misjudge what the public really
expect from their institutions. Should, for example, the State lose its ability to ...


Author: Wetenschappelijke Raad voor het Regeringsbeleid (Netherlands)


ISBN: UCSC:32106015047985

Category: Administrative agencies

Page: 86

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Examines the symptoms and diagnosis of schizophrenia, possible causes of the illness, its effects on family members, and treatment options


Author: Daniel E. Harmon

Publisher: Chelsea House

ISBN: 0791049531

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 93

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Examines the symptoms and diagnosis of schizophrenia, possible causes of the illness, its effects on family members, and treatment options

Surviving the Age of Virtual Reality

Don ' t Lose Contact with Reality . . . but First , What Is Real ? Into the Dreams and
Reality of Social Engineering I refuse to be intimidated by reality anymore . After
all , what is reality anyway ? Nothin ' but a collective hunch . My space chums ...


Author: Thomas Langan

Publisher: Columbia : University of Missouri Press

ISBN: STANFORD:36105028599012

Category: Philosophy

Page: 184

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How can we establish a system for distinguishing truth from fiction?"--BOOK JACKET.

Gaining and Losing Imperial Favour in Late Antiquity

The volume Gaining and Losing Imperial Favour in Late Antiquity studies fundamental dynamics of the political culture of the Later Roman Empire (4th and 5th centuries A.D.) by examining how people rose in and fell from the emperor’s ...



Publisher: BRILL

ISBN: 9789004411791

Category: History

Page: 268

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The volume Gaining and Losing Imperial Favour in Late Antiquity studies fundamental dynamics of the political culture of the Later Roman Empire (4th and 5th centuries A.D.) by examining how people rose in and fell from the emperor’s favour.

Knowledge and Reality

So the necessary the number of losing tickets , the better is your proposition is
known always and everywhere . justification for believing you will lose . Yet Yet
this known proposition may go unrecogthere is no number great enough to ...


Author: Steven M. Cahn

Publisher: Prentice Hall

ISBN: UOM:39015058135610

Category: Philosophy

Page: 455

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A handy collection of readings regarding the philosophical areas of Epistemology and Metaphysics that includes both historical and contemporary works, this book gives the reader a sense of how philosophical issues have evolved over time. Forty-eight selections from over 30 philosophers past and present deal with topics such as a priori knowledge, skepticism, foundationalism versus coherentism, universals, identity and change, causation, and the relationship between perception and the external world. An accessibly slim volume of some the most interesting works from philosophers past and present, this book should appeal to readers who are interested in the philosophical areas of metaphysics and epistemology.

The New America

Reality ? I said earlier that the war in Iraq wasn ' t based on reality . This is the
problem with entertainment . It removes us away from reality . Entertainment is
about losing reality . I used to go to the movies to escape from reality because I
deal ...


Author: Stan Perea

Publisher: His Ministries Publications

ISBN: 0976027402

Category: Social Science

Page: 239

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Examines the growth of the Hispanic population in the United States--one of the most startling phenomena in American social history--and the resulting multicultural shifts such as changes in the family, education, business, entertainment, marketing, the justice system, politics, and religion.

Gender Sexuality and Discursive Hegemony

The first fear is that of losing reality . In the positivist approach , the scientist is
connected to reality only by the gaze — the mind is viewing the world from the
inside out . Because of this tenuous grasp on “ reality , ” the observer is in
constant ...


Author: Courtney L. LaCava


ISBN: UCSD:31822009462862

Category: AIDS (Disease)

Page: 266

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Theology and Sanity

The world of spirit seems so thin and remote , the world we are used to so solid
and close , that in finding reality we feel as if we were losing reality . Our poor
hearts cling to the things of this world in a desperate fear that if they lose them
they ...


Author: Francis Joseph Sheed


ISBN: PRNC:32101063700692

Category: Theology

Page: 345

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Models of Reality

In others , the electrons would lose energy and spiral in closer to the nuclei . In
short , you would expect to find ... second problem was even worse . If electrons
whirling around a nucleus emit light , that means they are constantly losing
energy .


Author: Jacques Richardson

Publisher: Lomond Publications

ISBN: UOM:39015004483841

Category: Decision making

Page: 328

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Care and Independent Living Services for Aging

... who are just getting acquainted with Reality Orientation become " disciples " of
the techniques and try to apply them in situations where they are neither needed
nor appropriate . Not all elderly persons are senile or losing touch with reality .




ISBN: UIUC:30112104077216

Category: Nursing home care

Page: 2400

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Losing and Fusing

By this he meant that the psychosis was a kind of prosthetic device or process
pressed into service to manage what the ego was not up to managing in a way
that respected the demands of reality . In psychosis , the ego with its at least ...


Author: Roger A. Lewin

Publisher: Jason Aronson Incorporated

ISBN: UOM:39015047520476

Category: Medical

Page: 359

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Drs. Lewin and Schulz present a therapeutic approach to the borderline syndromes, which they view as disorders of affective instability. The borderline patient is in constant struggle with two threats to the integrity of the self. For fear of losing the other, the borderline patient needs to cling, but the clinging brings on the danger of getting too close and fusing with the other, thus losing the self. The other is both essential and toxic, in equal measures a promise and a threat. Borderline patients have a difficult time coping with losing and fusing dangers because of constricted relations to their inner experiences. Any step forward seems too much like a step back into early developmental chaos. Negativism, rigidity, concreteness, and all-or-none thinking are used to try to provide a modicum of security. Using clinical examples drawn from extended and intensive treatments, both inpatient and outpatient, Drs. Lewin and Schulz show the claims of conflicting feelings on borderline patients, who are struggling to retain enough sense of inner coherence and stability to go on functioning. Holding is crucial to any growth in the borderline self. The authors use detailed clinical examples to show how holding helps borderline patients become more capable of managing the losing and fusing dangers. Just as borderline patients struggle with the losing and fusing dangers, so too must therapists struggle with finding ways to be neither too close nor too aloof. Lewin and Schulz describe how the therapists' active and involved use of themselves is carried out in the treatment of borderline patients. To help the patients make sense of their own affective experiences, therapists need to monitor their countertransference, which oscillates between too involved and too aloof. The authors discuss such topics as borderline emptiness, loneliness, and chronic suicidality. Their clinical examples touch the whole range of borderline symptomatology, including cutting, burning, eating disorders, substance abuse, and so forth. They also take up the dangers and atrractions of work with these patients, examining such topics as self-disclosure, therapists' dependence, and therapists' discoveries of access to new parts of their own experience. This preeminent and pivotal book transforms current views of what is involved in the treatment of borderline patients.

What Losing Taught Me about Winning

It is sad , even tragic , but it is also a reality of doing business and , as the movie
title a few years back suggested : Reality bites . I don't want you to go into
business wearing rose - colored glasses and end up singing the blues because
you ...


Author: Fran Tarkenton


ISBN: PSU:000031652902

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 248

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The ex-football star-turned-entrepreneur relates how his willingness to take risks and savvy business decisions have led to his success and offers tips on choosing the right heroes and developing "magnificent obsessions." 125,000 first printing.

Mugged by Reality

Traces the experiences of an American civilian and educator who traveled to Iraq to help rebuild its once highly regarded educational system, describing his encounters with such individuals as a humanitarian who longs to be American, a ...


Author: John Agresto


ISBN: UOM:39015066837744

Category: History

Page: 202

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Traces the experiences of an American civilian and educator who traveled to Iraq to help rebuild its once highly regarded educational system, describing his encounters with such individuals as a humanitarian who longs to be American, a university dean who harbors suspicions about the American occupation, and an Iraqi mother whose son has been kidnapped.

Language and Reality

To let it go , to become selfless , does not mean losing our authenticity , but it
involves the risk of losing ourselves in another sense – losing our sense of
identity essential to our capacity to give as well as to receive and appreciate .
That is why ...


Author: İlham Dilman

Publisher: Peeters Pub & Booksellers

ISBN: STANFORD:36105028938681

Category: Philosophy

Page: 303

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Writing clearly and avoiding jargon, Dilman investigates Wittgenstein's understanding of the relation between language and reality - i.e. between "the realities" we refer to, speak about and try to understand. Dilman discusses this topic in depth and at the same time covers a broad ground. He appreciates the following different aspects: philosophical skepticism about the existence of the various categories of things and our knowledge of them, about the reality of the logic of the language we speak and of the forms of our reasoning, philosophy's contribution to our understanding of the world and of ourselves, and the contributions of the arts to such an understanding.

The Spectator

In his essay , “ An Aesthetic of Reality : Neorealism ; Cinematic Realism and the
Italian School of Liberation , ” Bazin says : What is a ceaseless source of wonder ,
ensuring ... 33 down , to save a reality sinned against , a reality losing grace .




ISBN: STANFORD:36105021179077

Category: Motion pictures


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Annual Editions

You won't lose weight if you keep cutting calories , because your body will go into
a starvation mode , slowing your ... Reality : Men may have an edge when it
comes to losing unwanted pounds , but they are no better than women at keeping


Author: Richard Yarian

Publisher: McGraw-Hill/Dushkin

ISBN: 0697372812

Category: Health

Page: 256

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Procedures for a

Television Aesthetics and Reality

Media that are gaining and losing relevance ( % ) Media Gaining | Losing Radio
38 . 9 61 . 1 Television 17 . 2 Cable 90 . 8 9 . 2 Internet 95 . 7 4 . 3 Daily
newspapers 54 . 7 45 . 3 Political affairs newspapers 33 . 0 67 . 0 Economy
newspapers ...


Author: Anthony David Barker

Publisher: Cambridge Scholars Pub

ISBN: STANFORD:36105128305773

Category: Philosophy

Page: 294

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This new collection of essays seeks to focus on three areas where television has recently been in an intriguing state of flux. Taking as our background the emergence of multimedia conglomerates and cash-rich cable channels, we look at the way old national terrestrial channels and the brash new internationally commercialized ones have innovated in the domain of television programming. In all there are fourteen original essays, an introduction to the book's theme by the editor and a foreword by Professor Annette Hill. Section one "Realizing the Real" looks at contemporary patterns of television consumption and the presentational styles which package the real in news, current affairs and other 'live' television formats. Essays on rhetorical strategies in the news coverage of the war in Iraq, on national and international inflections of Sky News in Europe and coverage of the recent EURO2004 football tournament, as well the multi-channel reporting of a prominent paedophilia scandal, are presented in this section. They all analyse the extent to which the grounded and the local are threatened and distorted by hegemonic forces in media today. The findings of a comprehensive new study of Portuguese social practices and viewing habits are also featured in this section. Section Two "Realizing Performance" addresses the way new trends in reality programming and other documentary practices have impacted on fiction and entertainment television. There are essays on the recent wave of British television comedy heavily influenced by TV newsmagazine and fly-on-the-wall documentary styles and two pieces on new American series, 24 and CSI, which have revolutionized the narrative parameters and evidential base for thrillers and cop shows respectively, coming up with new ways to 'perform' space, time and science. Finally there is an essay on Nigel Kneale's The Year of the Sex Olympics (1968), a survivor from the era of the single play who seems to anticipate the future of television in reality-based gameshow-style entertainment. Each of these essays shows that the success of these programmes is dependent on a fresh restylization of the conventions and formulas which govern mainstream television programming. They therefore see the representation of the real in fiction as primarily an aesthetic reappraisal. Section Three "Performing the Real" looks at the explosion in reality television programming itself. It focuses on the coming to pass of 70s and 80s theorists' visions of both a passive voyeuristic society and one increasingly at peace with the notion of surveillance. We have been progressively acculturated to watching and being watched. Orwellian anxiety has given way to Baudrillardian acceptance of the message and the medium fused in a new order of mediated reality or hyperreality. Essays refer specifically to the globalization of shows and formats and their local inflections and to coverage of reality shows in print media and on the net. There are essays on The Bachelor and gender stereotyping, Joe Millionaire and the conventions of melodrama, and two on Big Brother, one on the problems of communication within a sealed environment and another on its reception in Portugal. Concerns about the self and its authenticity are consistency raised in all the essays of this section.