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MASS FORMATION PSYCHOSIS or… mass hypnosis- the madness of crowds by Robert W Malone MD, MS

As many of you know, I have spent time researching and speaking about mass psychosis theory. Most of what I have learned has come from Dr. Mattias Desmet, who realized that this form of mass hypnosis, of the madness of crowds, can account for the strange phenomenon of about 20-30% of the population in the western world becoming entranced with the Noble Lies and dominant narrative concerning the safety and effectiveness of the genetic vaccines, and both propagated and enforced by politicians, science bureaucrats, pharmaceutical companies and legacy media.

What one observes with the mass hypnosis is that a large fraction of the population is completely unable to process new scientific data and facts demonstrating that they have been misled about the effectiveness and adverse impacts of mandatory mask use, lockdowns, and genetic vaccines that cause people’s bodies to make large amounts of biologically active coronavirus Spike protein.

These hypnotized by this process are unable to recognize the lies and misrepresentations they are being bombarded with on a daily basis, and actively attack anyone who has the temerity to share information with them which contradicts the propaganda that they have come to embrace. And for those whose families and social networks have been torn apart by this process, and who find that close relatives and friends have ghosted them because they question the officially endorsed “truth” and are actually following the scientific literature, this can be a source of deep anguish, sorrow, and psychological pain.

It is with those souls in mind that I included a discussion of the mass formation theory of Dr. Mattias Desmet during a recent talk I gave in Tampa, Florida to an audience of about 2,000. As I looked out into the audience and spoke, I could see the relief on many faces, and even tears running from the eyes of stoic men.

Unknown to me, someone recorded the speech and appended the vocal track to a series of calming images of natural landscapes, producing a video that has gone viral throughout the world. A link to the video, as well as some notes to clarify and supplement the talk, are appended below. Many have told me that they find it very healing. I hope it may help you also.

A brief overview of Mass Formation, which was developed by Dr. Mattias Desmet. He is a psychologist and a statistician. He is at the University of Ghent in Belgium. I think Dr. Mattias is onto something about what is happening and he calls this phenomenon:


So, when he says “mass” formation, you can think of this as equivalent to “crowd” formation. One can think of this as:


The conditions to set up mass formation psychosis include lack of social connectedness and sensemaking as well as large amounts of latent anxiety and passive aggression. When people are inundated with a narrative that presents a plausible “object of anxiety” and strategy for coping with it, then many individuals group together to battle the object with a collective singlemindedness. This allows people to stop focusing on their own problems, avoiding personal mental anguish. Instead, they focus all their thought and energy on this new object.

As mass formation progresses, the group becomes increasingly bonded and connected. Their field of attention is narrowed and they become unable to consider alternative points of view. Leaders of the movement are revered, unable to do no wrong.

Left unabated, a society under the spell of mass formation will support a totalitarian governance structure capable of otherwise unthinkable atrocities in order to maintain compliance. A note: mass formation is different from group think. There are easy ways to fix group think by just bringing in dissenting voices and making sure you give them platforms. It isn’t so easy with mass formation. Even when the narrative falls apart, cracks in the strategy clearly aren’t solving the issue, the hypnotized crowd can’t break free of the narrative. This is what appears to be happening now with COVID-19. The solution for those in control of the narrative is to produce bigger and bigger lies to prop up the solution. Those being controlled by mass formation no longer are able to use reason to break free of the group narrative.

Of course, the obvious example of mass formation is Germany in the 1930s and 40s. How could the German people who were highly educated, very liberal in the classic sense; western thinking people… how could they go so crazy and do what they did to the Jews? How could this happen?
To a civilized people? A leader of a mass formation movement will use the platform to continue to pump the group with new information to focus on. In the case of COVID-19, I like to use the term “fear porn.” Leaders, through mainstream media and government channels continuously feed the “beast” with more messaging that focuses and further hypnotize their adherents.

Studies suggest that mass formation follows a general distribution:

30% are brainwashed, hypnotized, indoctrinated by the group narrative

40% in the middle are persuadable and may follow if no worthy alternative is perceived

30% fight against the narrative.

Those that rebel and fight against the narrative, become the enemy of the brainwashed and a primary target of aggression.

One of the best ways to counter mass formation is for those against the narrative to continue to speak out against it, which serves to help break the hypnosis of some in the brainwashed group as well as persuade the persuadable middle to choose reason over mindlessness.

Dr. Desmet suggests that for something as big as COVID-19, the only way to break the mass formation psychosis is to give the crowd something bigger to focus on. He believes that totalitarianism may be that bigger issue. Of course, after COVID-19, global totalitarianism may be the biggest issue of our time.

Copyright © 2021, Robert W. Malone, MD, MS
Permission is hereby granted to reproduce this work in its entirety and with author acknowledgment.

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  • John Venlet January 4, 2022, 11:19 AM

    Malone’s theory is interesting, and reminds me a bit of an incident which occurred while I was in Navy boot camp at Great Lakes, IL. It was a day of a series of shots. That night, after chow, while in the barracks relaxing, all of a sudden one individual collapsed into convulsions. This caused a stir. Not two minutes into this stir, another individual went, and then another, and the next thing you know more and more of the recruits in my company started “feeling” that something was wrong with them; lightheadedness was prevalent, guys were plopping down on their bunks thinking they were next. Heck, even I began to “feel” that I wasn’t feeling just right. Paramedics were called in and the guys who collapsed were hustled out on stretchers and our company commander gave us a little pep talk that all was well. And it was. About a half hour after the collapsed guys were hustled out on stretchers, they returned to the barracks, seemingly fit as fiddles, and all the other members of the company also reported no further ill feelings. Was it a mass formation psychosis? I do not know with any certainty, but it definitely was an almost mass hysteria.

  • Terry January 4, 2022, 11:20 AM

    As per “1984”. Complete and total control / enslavement of mankind.

    Including millions and millions of happy to oblige imbeciles.

    Happening now.

  • Jack January 4, 2022, 3:15 PM

    When I was a kid I hunted quail quite a lot, usually behind dogs. The dogs would find a covey or a pair and lock up on point and without a doubt, a little kicking in the grass would put the covey to flight and 2-3 birds would be shot. But I noticed a thing that occurred nearly just as often and it usually occurred after the dogs moved on through and the fetching began….with almost certain regularity there were birds that would tight after they realized we had moved through them. They would wait and would not jump when rattled and I think they were probably older birds that had developed a type of understanding that they could slip out the back if they just didn’t move when the majority of the covey would flush.

    Most people, particularly the type of easily terrified and fearful, pantywaisted milquetoast men….and there are far more of them than there are of the polar opposite…are like those first birds to fly. They live on their phones with their queer and FUBAR friends of all stripes and try desperately not to offend anyone and do exactly as they are told, when they are told, by anyone they presume has some level of authority.

    Those pasties deserve anything and everything they get. The rule of life in this age is hold your loaded rifle in the ready position, use it if you must and tell everyone but your wife to KYA if they tell you you must get a shot, think, believe or act a certain way or support things you know are dead nuts wrong. Yeah, you may die but if you do it right, so will those who think they have the right to tell you what you can do. Let them come and try to take it when they do give them every round you can fire.

    • Miller Cross January 5, 2022, 9:34 PM

      I remember my mom telling me about quail hunting with her four brothers in Southeast Georgia during the 30s depression. Times were tough and shotgun shells were expensive. The dog would point and flush a covey. Quail are short-flight birds. She and her brothers would run down the covey and they would take flight again. This went on with repeated flushing with all of her brothers until the quail were too tired to fly. It was hit or miss but often dinner on the table. Just up the road is the town of Waynesboro, Ga with the proud distinction there on the water tower as “The Bird Dog Capital of The World” Esau, a man with skin as black as coal, trained dogs there for years for Good Ole Boys. I met Esau for the first time with my dad in the early 60s when we dropped by his place outside of town. There was a framed photo hanging on the living room wall signed, “To My Huckleberry Friend” I had no idea but I remembered. I dropped by his place again in the mid-80s, not sure if he was still alive. He was, it took a minute. I pointed to the photo and asked how he knew Johnny Mercer. Told me they grew up in Savannah and fished on the river. Said Johnny was high class and I was from across the tracks but he liked the music over my way. Couldn’t hold his liquor. I kept him out of trouble. So, he signed the photo there before he wrote the lyrics to “Moon River” Two drifters off to see the world. Esau was Jim.

  • Casey Klahn January 4, 2022, 5:38 PM

    So interesting that this proposition comes from a man of this stature.

    Still won’t matter to the adherents of the beliefs within the psychotic mass. Jesus Christ, Gandhi, Freud and Einstein could all sign a letter, and it wouldn’t budge their minds.

    • John A. Fleming January 4, 2022, 8:13 PM

      Hah! Victor Fraudci could sign that letter, and they wouldn’t budge. “Apostate! To Hell with you.”, they would cry. He has helped bigly to create the monster, and the monster will now stalk him.

    • Mike Austin January 5, 2022, 7:48 AM

      True, but everything in context. If the entire faculty of MIT signed a letter stating that 2 + 2 = 5, I would not believe them either.

  • Speller January 5, 2022, 11:19 AM

    What happened in 2019/2020 was that the government created, with media collusion plus the collusion of the medical community, a tsunami of Terrorist Propaganda based on Covid cases whose numbers derived from the known-to-be-false PCR tests whose results were and are 90%+ false positive.

    The government and it’s agents, which are supposed by most people to be our protectors, became “the Terrorists”.

  • I Am What I Am January 8, 2022, 7:05 AM

    Other people have noticed what’s coming, and what to do about it:

    Read Rod Dreher’s books, “Live Not By Lies” and “The Benedict Option.”