Dr. Mark McDonald was the first to diagnose and popularize this phenomenon called Mass Delusional Psychosis https://liberty-forum.us/events/mark-mcdonald-february-2022. It is similar to "group think" where people get caught up in a moment of high emotional energy such as when demonstrations become riots, and "Stockholm syndrome" where captives have empathy for their captors who alternate abuse with feigned compassion. Helsinki syndrome is when a person being held captive begins to identify with and grow sympathetic to his or her captor (or their mission), simultaneously becoming unsympathetic towards the police or other authorities.
Over the past few years, America and the world have been victimized mentally and the psychological damage has been catastrophic. Those of us who are transfixed on the atrocities happening in Ukraine with the Genocide of the Ukrainian people are heartbroken and worry for the families being torn apart. Here in America we are further grieved by the loss of lives at the boarder, the homicides in our major cities, and the warnings of famine with approximately 20 of our meat production companies burning to the ground. Many people are coming to therapy with elevated anxiety because they want to run away from all that causes fear, but they don't know where to run to.
Swiss psychiatrist Carl Gustav Jung was born July 26, 1875, developer of analytical psychology theory warned,“It is not famine, not earthquakes, not microbes, not cancer, but man himself who is man’s greatest danger to man, for the simple reason that there is no adequate protection against psychic epidemics, which are infinitely more devastating than the worst of natural catastrophes.”
So what can we do when there is nothing we can do to make change on the greater scale of things? We gather together to find a way to combine our efforts for a united good. Families must pull together and prepare for the things we are being warned about. We must create systems where everyone contributes and everyone shares. But more than that, we must take a hard look at ourselves and judge the selfish thoughts, actions, and desires starting with being honest with yourself first. Ask yourself this: "Am I being the best person I can be?" If the answer is NO, do something about it until you can say, YES!
"Let love be genuine. Abhor what is evil; hold fast to what is good."
Romans 12:9 NIV