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The Dark Side of Addictive Ideologies in Politics: The Toll on Mental Health and Society


In this episode of The Optimistic American Show, host Paul Johnson interviews Dr. Emily Bashah about addictive ideologies and how they can be overcome through love and connection. Dr. Bashah explains that addictive ideologies are belief systems that create a sense of community and identity for individuals, but often at the expense of relationships and mental health. She emphasizes the importance of empathy and understanding in helping those who are trapped in these ideologies, rather than shaming or invalidating them. Dr. Bashah also discusses the role of scaffolding in therapy, which involves accepting a person for who they are while also pushing them to do better. Ultimately, Dr. Bashah and Johnson agree that the key to healing from addictive ideologies is through love and connection, rather than further division and shaming. The episode concludes with a call to action for viewers to subscribe to the show and join the journey towards a more optimistic future.

Here are some key points:

  • Addictive ideologies can take many forms, including political extremism, religious fundamentalism, and even addiction to social media.

  • One of the main driving forces behind addictive ideologies is the desire for connection and belonging, which can become distorted and manipulated by extremist groups.

  • It's important to approach individuals trapped in addictive ideologies with empathy and understanding, rather than shame or rejection, in order to help them break free.

  • The process of breaking free from addictive ideologies often involves building new relationships and connections based on love and acceptance.

  • Shame and shaming tactics are counterproductive when trying to help individuals leave addictive ideologies.

  • The release of oxytocin, often referred to as the "feel-good hormone," is a powerful force in human relationships and can be harnessed to promote positive behaviors and connections.

  • Scaffolding, the process of supporting individuals as they develop skills and abilities, can be an effective tool for helping individuals leave addictive ideologies.

  • It's important to remember that acceptance of an individual does not mean condoning their harmful behaviors or beliefs.

  • Love and connection are the key to overcoming divisive ideologies and creating a more unified society.

  • Finally, it's important to engage in honest and open dialogue with individuals who hold different beliefs in order to build understanding and find common ground

How does this fit in the Hierarchy of Agency?

LEVERAGE POWER! It is important to have resilience, hard work, preparation, and mastering emotions in order to succeed in life.

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