COINTELPRO Journal #3

The author of the book “Social Exclusion” reports that stigmatization and consequential exclusion are observed against schizophrenic illnesses. He analyzes that this exclusion occurs not just because of the lack of information, prejudice or misconceptions; the ultimate cause is deeply rooted in the culture (Bonner, 2006, p.129). The tendency to alienate deviant individuals from the society might be a human nature. Furthermore, as I discussed in the previous Journals #1 and #2, evil people do exist, and they use this tendency to exclude people unfavorable to the majority—soemtimes, by labeling fake diagnosis of mental illnesses. Besides, pharmaceutical corporations take advantage of our ignorance to mental health for their commercial purpose. As I mentioned earlier in my previous journal, never had I imagined that I would be institutionalized to a psychiatric hospital out of the blue moon one day in my life. It is too naïve to assume that mental health issues will be irrelevant to our life. Hence, we need to correctly understand the facts about mental health care rather than run away from the reality.

As a matter of fact, concerning alcohol dependence, Bonner, the author of the book “Social Exclusion” indicates some shocking statistics: “Alcohol-dependent individuals are 60 to 100 times more likely to commit suicide than the general population” (Bonner, 2006). Nonetheless, the ultimate problem is not alcohol itself, but psychological struggles that these individuals in trouble hold. In fact, Belmont University’s website, which advocates suicide prevention, emphasizes: “Most people who commit suicide don't want to die—they just want to stop hurting” (www.belmont.edu, 2012). After all, unless their psychological struggles are solved as the fundamental problem, alcohol dependence and suicidal attempts will relapse.   

 For the last, Bonner briefly refers to the relationship between substance misuse and personality disorders. However, he overlooks the fundamental social problem of people with personality disorders, especially anti-social personality disorder. As a renowned study of anti-social personality disorder, Martha Stout’s book “The Sociopath Next Door” points at the fact that it is not uncommon for American society to “include” the sociopaths in the community, as the book title implies. Why are they accepted despite of the harmful personality? Ironically, as Bonner mentions, motivation for “exclusion” of schizophrenics is deeply rooted in the Western culture – Likewise, the motivation for “inclusion” of sociopaths is also deeply embedded in the American culture. In other words, some values of the American culture share symptoms of anti-social personality disorder (Stout, 2005).

In addition to the sociopath-inclusive society discussed above, comparatively strong narcissism is observed among Americans. People with narcissism hardly allow criticizing their own culture. As a matter of fact, high self-esteem can cause narcissism. The book “Personality: Theory and Research” illustrates a psychological mechanism of how people maintain high self-esteem. The research exemplifies the Americans' strategies: “They compare themselves to others who are not doing well, they blame others for personal failure, and they lower the perceived importance of activities on which they cannot perform competently” (Pervin, et al, 2010). For example, Pervin points out that Big Five, or five bipolar dimensions of personality assessment, misses one important factor, that is, honesty. Hence, six-factor model was newly advocated by Ashton, et al, which includes honesty/humility. Nonetheless, currently Big Five is still widely used by American Psychology Association and other organizations (Pervin, 2010, p.278) –as if Americans lower the perceived importance of not being deceitful. In fact, deception is the name of the game in organized stalking crime (COINTELPRO), which is nation-widely prevailed in America today. Probably, many Americans would get upset if they read this description. It is important to realize that such attitude is an exact example of narcissism. For understanding mental problems properly and constructing mentally healthier society, bitter medicine is indispensable.      

 

    

References

 

Belmont University. (2012) Suicide Prevention: Spotting the Signs and Helping a Suicidal Person. [https://my.belmont.edu/mybelmont/student_life/counseling/pdf/suicide_prevention.pdf] Retrieved on Oct. 18, 2012.

 

Bonner, A. (2006). Social exclusion and the way out: An individual and
community response to human social dysfunction
. Chichester, England:
John Wiley & Sons.

 

Cervone, D., & Pervin, L. A. (2010). Personality: Theory and research. Hoboken, NJ: Wiley.

 

Stout, M. (2005). The Sociopath Next Door: The ruthless versus the rest of us. New York: Broadway Books.

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The Writer of 『拝啓 ギャングストーカー犯罪者の皆様』(Dear COINTELPRO Criminals) and <集団ストーカーの死> The Death of Gangstalker; also Co-Editor of 「新しいタイプの人権侵害・暴力」 Unprecedented Human Rights Violation

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