8th letter to the readers

 

My new book, Ideological Superstitions and Political Misperceptions in the 20th-21st Centuries analyzes why USAmerican and Russian elite decision-makers and the masses of people in both countries are prone to follow the prejudices and superstitions in their worldviews and perception of other people. How is it possible to seriously believe in “economic shock therapy”, in “shock and awe” type of military operations, or to invade the wrong country to make war? What is the psychological aspect of firing American workers for the sake of hiring foreign labor while considering oneself patriotic, of using taxpayers’ money while feeling oneself as a knight of private capital, and of being monopolistic to the core while considering oneself a free market enthusiast?

 

The book elaborates the problem of emotionally traumatizing experiences during infancy and childhood as a factor contributing to the obsessively excessive patterns of behavior à la Cheney/Bush, Tom Delay or Bernie Madoff.

 

The book addresses the difference between religious belief and spirituality, the double archetype of self-aggrandizement and other-scapegoating as an intuitive psychological strategy to stabilize the frustrated psyche, the question of importance of free humanistic education on the college level, and the psychology of various types of conservatives.

 

Among the points the book addresses are the relationships between the psychological and cultural fragments on the one hand, and psychological and cultural wholeness on the other, and the psychological difference between people with liberal and conservative sensibility. The book demonstrates the mutual misunderstandings between Soviet/post-Soviet and American decision-makers, analyzes the patterns of ideological superstitions, and psychological defenses against otherness, and explains how belief in life after death is rooted in an individual’s identification with the social groups and their symbols.

 

The “target” of this book is an intelligent general reader whom we intend to help by providing scientific guidance to answer their everyday questions and puzzlements about how today’s democracy works and how human psyche invests in the system.