I produced this series with George Roche, Executive Director of The Line International: https://thelineinternational.com/. The Line has been one of the most successful anti-lockdown activist organizations in Canada and seeks to expand internationally to form a coalition of lawyers, medical experts, and political activists who question the efficacy of government lockdowns and desire the coronavirus response be implemented through democratic processes and public debate, rather than Executive Order.

George and I are fascinated by how and why the corporate/government infrastructure has managed to convince the majority of the population to participate in draconian policies that clearly result in the financial ruin of many, while enriching the few at the top of the corporate leadership ladder. Not only that, but many of those so adversely affected by the lockdowns are adamant that this solution is the only way forward to the point of shaming those who disagree. As a result, those of us who question the official narrative are put in a position to self-censor or risk job loss, the inability to purchase goods and services, and in some cases, criminal prosecution.

We decided to produce this series to answer the questions concerning why so many are willing to follow the will of authority despite the evidence that this behavior is profoundly self-destructive, yet so unwilling to even engage in rational conversation that posits the authority may not have our best interests at heart. George’s advanced degree in family systems psychotherapy combined with my expertise in history and political philosophy provides the context for this broader conversation about why so many are willing to blindly trust the government while patently ignoring expert opinion, medical science and just plain common sense that goes against the official agenda.

Enjoy this fifteen episode series that explores The Psychology of Lockdown, utilizing the theories of psychoanalyst John Bradshaw to take our audience on a journey starting with Mystification, the root cause of the problem, and ending with Individuation, describing a fully healed human being capable of dealing with the stresses of life in an integrated, rational fashion. I recommend starting the series off with a look at our initial, full length interview that provides a big picture overview of this psychological analysis of lockdown. Thanks for listenning!!

Psychology of Lockdown #1: Mystification

Welcome to this first episode of the new Psychology of Lockdown series produced by Doug McKenty, host of The Shift podcast. Doug welcomes back George Roche, the guest on Episode 54 of The Shift, for this series of shorter segments designed to explore the concept of Mystification, and how emotional trauma effects our ability to think clearly and rationally in times of stress. This first episode provides an overview of the concept of Mystification in preparation for individual concepts, following the ideas of psychotherapist John Bradshaw, elucidated in the rest of the series. The final episode will cover Individuation, which occurs after emotional healing allows for the removal of the mask of mystification. Through this process, we will undertake a psychological path of understanding the reasons why issues like cognitive dissonance and irrational thinking pervade the Psychology of Lockdown, and why so many are triggered when confronted with facts and information contrary to the corporate/government narrative.

The Psychology of Lockdown Series #2: Magical Thinking

Welcome to the second of our 15 part series concerning the Psychology of Lockdown. Join host Doug McKenty as he discusses how and why so many cannot hear alternative perspectives concerning ongoing lockdown measures ostensibly to protect against the spread of Covid-19 with the Executive Director of The Line International, George Roche. Listen as we continue to understand the psychology of cognitive dissonance and confirmation bias that causes so many to defer to the opinions of the corporate/government narrative and refuse to even listen to those who question the utility of mask-wearing, social distancing, business closures and other authoritarian measures despite their obvious failures. In this episode, we focus on the concept of magical thinking that is characteristic of those who continue to believe a reality long after the facts merit a change in perspective. Find out more about The Line International at https://thelineinternational.com/.

The Psychology of Lockdown Series #3: Yearning for Fulfillment

In this third installment of the Psychology of Lockdown Series host Doug McKenty is joined once again by George Roche, Executive Director of The Line International, to discusses the second characteristic of Mystification as described by famed psychoanalyst John Bradshaw: Yearning for Fulfillment. This series is dedicated to the understanding of how and why those who support draconian lockdown measures simply cannot hear, and certainly not respect, the opinions of those concerned that the loss of civil liberties and the economic catastrophe created by lockdowns are not worth the ostensible benefits of “slowing the spread” of the coronavirus disease. This episode focuses on the concept of Yearning for Fulfillment which posits that a Mystified individual, engaged in a trauma bond with an authoritarian figure, will seek fulfillment with unhealthy habits decoupled from the critical thinking characteristic of an authentic individual. Tune in as Doug and George explore this concept and apply it to the current societal crisis engulfing the planet. Find out more about George Roche and The Line at http://thelineinternational.com/

The Psychology of Lockdown Series #4: The Shame Based Identity

Enjoy this fourth installment of the Psychology of Lockdown as George Roche and Doug McKenty explore the concept of the Shame-Based Identity. For those whose ideas differ from the dominant corporate/government narrative, the experience of public shaming is an all too common experience. It often appears to be weapon number one for those victimized into a trauma-based relationship with authority. This conversation explores how the Shame-Based Identity is a common characteristic of such dysfunctional relationships and how the wounded inner child will project their own shame onto those who question the dictates of an abusive government that archetypically represents the father figure with a Family Systems dynamic. If you have experienced shaming as a result of expressing your political perspectives this episode is a must. George Roche is currently the Executive Director of the anti-lockdown organization The Line which organizes weekly protests in Toronto Canada. Find out more at https://thelineinternational.com/