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The Next Osama Syndrome: The American Fear Trance

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The American Trance is the trance of fear. What is fear doing to us? How does our culture promote it? And how do we de-trance?

The American Trance is the trance of fear. What is fear doing to us? How does our culture promote it? And how do we de-trance?

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  • 1. VIRAL FEAR AND THE AMERICANVIRAL FEAR AND THE AMERICAN TRANCETRANCE
  • 2. MODERN LIFE AS PATHOLOGYMODERN LIFE AS PATHOLOGY
  • 3. What accounts for cultural pathology? What does it do to us? I have worked with private patients for 25 years and often find that unless they develop an awareness of the effects of the culture they live in—and the mental, emotional, and spiritual means to combat those effects—they may wind up fighting an uphill battle.
  • 4. How do we deal with this? We can do as Garrison Keillor suggests: “I believe in looking reality straight in the eye and denying it.” It certainly helps the people who are selling us things we don’t need or ideas that are harmful.
  • 5. Or We can practice awareness and wisdom, which as one sage said, “is a firm grasp of the obvious.”
  • 6. HOW DOES CULTURALHOW DOES CULTURAL PATHOLOGYPATHOLOGY FACILITATEFACILITATE INDIVIDUAL PATHOLOGY?INDIVIDUAL PATHOLOGY?
  • 7. THE PRINCIPLESTHE PRINCIPLES OF CULTURAL TRANCE.OF CULTURAL TRANCE. We are always in and out of trance.We are always in and out of trance. This is a normal part of human experience.This is a normal part of human experience. We are therefore often susceptible to suggestion.We are therefore often susceptible to suggestion. We are surrounded by media, which are filled with suggestionsWe are surrounded by media, which are filled with suggestions grounded in fear, gluttony, entitlement, and envy.grounded in fear, gluttony, entitlement, and envy. We receive and embed these suggestions unconsciously unless weWe receive and embed these suggestions unconsciously unless we develop the awareness to combat them.develop the awareness to combat them.
  • 8. American Cultural PathologyAmerican Cultural Pathology People both affect and arePeople both affect and are at the effectat the effect of their surroundingof their surrounding cultures.cultures. What are some of the effects of contemporary American culture?What are some of the effects of contemporary American culture? 1. Viral Fear1. Viral Fear © or The Next Osama Syndrome© or The Next Osama Syndrome 2. The Need For MORE or Gluttony2. The Need For MORE or Gluttony 3. Self-Loathing3. Self-Loathing 4. Self-Inflation and Entitlement4. Self-Inflation and Entitlement
  • 9. VIRAL FEARVIRAL FEAR©© Viral fear is the continualViral fear is the continual bombardment of consciousness withbombardment of consciousness with messages of fear.messages of fear. We also call this the “Next Osama”We also call this the “Next Osama” syndrome.syndrome. They can seem benign or evenThey can seem benign or even reasonable,reasonable, like the fear of germs…like the fear of germs…
  • 10. Or they can be dramatic,Or they can be dramatic, frightful,frightful, and life-altering…and life-altering… yet still seemyet still seem reasonable, if only at thereasonable, if only at the moment.moment.
  • 11. The Need for MORE: We are sold a bill of goods we don’t need and in our right minds don’t want.
  • 12. We are asked to believe nonsense and we do.
  • 13. Our image of ourselves is distorted by the media mirrors: We are told we are never good enough, pretty enough, sexy enough, high enough, mighty enough, thin enough, smart enough, tight enough, rich enough, happy enough, or spiritual enough…unless of course we have THEIR products. And we believe it.
  • 14. WHAT DOES THAT DO TO US?
  • 15. It creates pathology.It creates pathology. •DestructionDestruction •EntropyEntropy •EmptinessEmptiness •IsolationIsolation
  • 16. The pathology includes:The pathology includes: Fear (of everything)Fear (of everything) Self-LoathingSelf-Loathing Unreasonable EntitlementUnreasonable Entitlement Gluttony and GreedGluttony and Greed (or the constant need for more)(or the constant need for more)
  • 17. For more information on Viral Fear or The Next Osama Syndrome and the ways to antidote it, please go to: www.wordsaremedicine.com www.thenextosama.com Judith Acosta, LISW, Keynote Speaker on Verbal First Aid, Trauma and Viral Fear.