What is the bottom line of gangstalking

Psychotic websites

We're used to people making the less attractive traits of their personality bloom online. Outrageous, impulsive and antisocial behavior becomes irresistible when potential perpetrators are protected by secrecy and online anonymity. In this way, many cyber communities develop into mud slaughter, mocking etiquette or even netiquette, while their members compete with one another to eviscerate one another. Online forums can also serve as examples of the reverse process, an equally unhealthy state of blind mutual agreement.

"Groupthink" was defined by psychologist Irving Janis as "a mindset that people engage in when they are deeply involved in a cohesive group" and "when members' striving for unanimity overrides their motivation to realistically evaluate alternative approaches." Groupthink sacrifices reasonable disagreements and counterpoints in the interests of group solidarity and the unified agenda. Particularly when it comes to internet communities that band together around a close cause, as opposed to large, open communities like YouTube or Flickr, silence is often preferable to expressing an opinion that is seen as a threat to the homogeneous structure of the group .

A twenty-four year old patient I treated for schizophrenia introduced me to a dangerous form of group think that can be seen on a number of overtly psychotic websites. There, people who, like my patient, believe they are mind control victims share stories about harassment and tips on how to break free. "Gang stalking is a systemic form of control that tries to destroy every aspect of a target's life," warns the banner on gangstalkingworld.com, one of several such websites / 7. "The abusers include" Royal Canadian Mounted Police "who use a" telepathic amplifier that works with microwaves "," Freemasonic "intelligence agencies" use "frequency weapons", "bad guys" use "psychotronics" and "Warsaw people." Pact "researchers use" hypnosis and electromagnetic waves. "My patient, who after five years of rejection of his illness was finally beginning to accept that medication might be a good option, found on these websites confirmation of his strange experiences in a way that" justified "his paranoia and hallucinations. Believed once again he that the CIA really had a chip implanted in his brain and that he didn't need any antipsychotic drug, just a neurosurgeon who can take the chip out.

A British study by Dr. 2006 Vaughan Bell was one of the first to investigate this phenomenon. As part of the study, three independent psychiatrists were asked to rate 10 online mind control accounts identified via a simple Google search. Their task was to (a) determine from his writing whether the poster was psychotic, and (b) analyze the hyperlinks in each post to look for signs of social organization in posters and visitors.

The three psychiatrists agreed that "signs of psychosis are profound" in the 10 reports, suggesting that posters were very likely to be schizophrenic. (Since the psychiatrists were blind to each other's assessments and the purpose of the study, no "groupthink" process can be held responsible for their consensus!) In addition, the links embedded in the posts showed "evidence of social organization and community, based on the content of these experiences and beliefs ".

The pathology carries the worrying risk of normalizing an abnormal experience, as like-minded people share their stories without outside input to heighten the possibility that the unusual experiences they describe are in fact the product of a serious illness. The study's authors suggest that the end result may be that the diagnosis of schizophrenia is questioned. As in the DSM, the "Bible" used by psychiatric professionals for psychiatric when diagnosed, an unusual belief is not considered psychotic and is therefore not pathological if "accepted" by other members of the person's culture or subculture . With cultures and subcultures of all kinds proliferating online, it is easier than ever to find a virtual place where some people's eccentricity, or in this case, hallucinatory experiences, is considered the norm. Who are we to call them schizophrenic or to ask them to be "adaptable" when everyone around them is participating in the same deception?

Especially when we need someone to confront us and loudly contradict us, a form of group think sometimes takes over homogeneous online circles in a way that can be very self-destructive. In my patient's case, it helped convince him that he was completely normal. This is the exact opposite of a support group.