It is no exaggeration to say that we now experience a form of ‘Collective Madness’. Paranoia, Denial & Projection rule our lives.
1) Irrational Fear arises out of repeated, often exaggerated, reports of incidents of terrorism and crimes which are often provoked or created by our own collective actions &/or inactions (with Media help), so that fear then rules our lives.
2) We fail to recognise, acknowledge and effectively deal with the part that we have collectively played in creating the initial problems; refusing to accept responsibility for our actions (individually & collectively) by amplifying the problems, thus failing to deal with them adequately.
3) Rather than accept at least partial responsibility for our actions, we choose to point the finger at everyone else, convincing ourselves that they are all ‘out to get us’. This feeds back into those initial irrational fears, generated by those in denial (or those who are deliberately lying to themselves and/or others – Paranoia > Propaganda > Paranoia).
Such repetitive cycles of Mental Illness are ‘Hysterical’ in character. The fears feedback into themselves (a bit like sound ‘feedback’, or hysteresis) which eventually leads to a Psychotic Breakdown. Does that ring any bells?