The Amygdala Hijack In Action – A Video Example

In comments after another post, Heywood Jablowme wanted a video of an amygdala hijack. Another commenter posted a video after his comment, of an Occupy Wall Street type beginning the early stages of amygdala activation, as he was out-debated by Peter Schiff. That video was good, but it was only the early stages of a hijack. Once a full amygdala hijack takes place, the amygdala is in control, and the person hijacked will no longer have any say in what happens. That is an important point to understand, because when picturing revolution, we picture people at kitchen tables, with excel spreadsheets and pie charts, trying to figure out logically if a revolution is feasible or practical. That is how you think when your amygdala is in low gear. Once the amygdala hits high gear and takes control, the “you” who is reading this, the you who thinks rationally, is no longer involved in decision making. That is how revolutions begin.

This is a video of singer Meatloaf in what I would say is a level six or seven (out of ten) amygdala hijack initiated by Gary Busey, on the reality television show “The Apprentice,” hosted by Donald Trump. There is no stroke, however it is clear that the peaceful Meat we all love is no longer in control – his amygdala is calling all the shots.

There is a temptation to think that because this was reality television, it might be staged, but I am quite certain this wasn’t. There were little details that jump out to anybody who has dealt with Narcissists and extended periods of amygdala activation. These details are probably not well known enough to have been included in an arranged skit. From Mark McGrath, earlier in the show, repeatedly performing loud, moaning sighs, without realizing it, after leaving the company of Busey (I found myself compulsively making the exact same noise, almost reflexively, after leaving my Narcissist Bob’s company, as a sort of subconscious stress relieving technique), to Meatloaf’s blank, stunned expression right before the meltdown, there are things that will stand out to anyone familiar with what it is like to be around guys like Busey. Plus, Meatloaf seems like a decent guy who would be genuinely horrified to lose it like this when a sick children’s charity was at stake. Based on my experience, this was real.

Meatloaf has probably always been a physically tough guy, for whom violence was always an option, so you won’t get him to stroke out. To get the stroke, you need a pathway in the amygdala which blocks using violence as an amygdala relaxant, (something produced most often by prior trauma associated with fighting as a child). If that violence-blocking pathway isn’t there, an amygdala hijack will likely precipitate violence, before you get the stroke.

As you watch this however, imagine what Meatloaf would have been like, cognitively, had he grown up small and weak. Imagine that beatings endured as a child inserted a few lines of code into his brain’s operating system actually forbidding him, through the application of sheer terror at the thought, from following the aggressive, threatening path Meat followed to blow off that steam. Imagine if his brain had made him bottle up all the mental energy you see in this video. Picture his amygdala just firing off faster and faster, until it literally could not get enough oxygen and nutrients to continue its operations. Imagine if it had no way to vent itself, and reduce its operating load like it did in this video. If you think of Barak Obama, or Henry Waxman, or Dennis Kucinich, or Joe Biden, they would not really have the ability to vent their amygdala stress aggressively, as Meatloaf did here, especially against a manly opponent. When the pressure release valve of violence is clogged up, that is when you get some really weird effects from the amygdala hijack. This will not be one of those cases.

I suspect, due to Gary’s mastery of this, he has never been really proficient at, or psychologically capable of, engaging others violently. In my experience, the naturals, those most innately capable of this type of manipulation, are usually those on whom it is most effective, and upon whom it is most easily employed. They learn to press these buttons, because they experience them being pressed in their own brains far more acutely than we could imagine. They have seen this happen firsthand, from the inside, since they were children. They know all the buttons, because they have felt them being pressed within their own brains for a long time.

Gary is typical of the naturals who regularly hijack the people around them for fun. You would never think he, of all people, would have the complex understanding of human cognition and brain function to be able to do this. Yet he does. Even worse, he understands this on a level that I am not sure I will ever reach. He even enjoys it, proclaiming earlier in the show that he gets a “kick out of keeping people off balance“(emotionally). That is why I have never worried about explaining how the amygdala hijack works publicly. The people you wouldn’t want to know about it already do, almost instinctually.

Some background to the scene, from my memory of the show (which I watched almost exclusively because of Busey). The stars had to go to a craft shop, and purchase supplies to create some sort of craft project for a charity auction. Meatloaf was very task-focused, trying to do a good job, and as he tried to concentrate on his task, Gary began hounding him with subtle annoyances designed to distract him and irritate him, thereby stimulating his amygdala. I believe Busey timed them for moments when Meatloaf was at maximal concentration, to maximize their irritating nature. Every time Meatloaf began to think about what he needed to buy, Gary would ask him a stupid question, like if he would buy Gary’s supplies for him. Often the question would be nonsensical, forcing Meat to stop what he was doing, and then see his ACC’s error detection function light up its neural alarm system as he refocused on a pointless question which made no sense, and had no clear answer.

For some reason, Gary may have designed these interruptions to carry a theme of personal entitlement, and Meatloaf’s subordination to Gary – in Meatloaf’s words they carried a theme indicating that it was, “as if every one exists to serve Gary.” I didn’t catch that theme in what I saw, but more occured than what made it to TV, and that is how it all struck Meatloaf. I don’t know why Gary would add that theme, but I think he knows more than me, so he may have done so purposefully, and that may be important. Perhaps the amygdala has some response to inverted social hierarchies, or inferiors treating you with disrespect, which aids hijacks.

Meat also explained that “Gary lives in his own world… He has no consideration of other people’s space.” The show then showed Meat and Rapper Lil Jon trying to talk, and Gary moved in between them to interrupt, well within the personal space of Meatloaf, with his face just a little too close to Meatloaf’s. As he did this, Gary grabbed Meatloaf’s shoulder, squeezing it, and waved his hand up in between Meat and Little Jon, right in front of Meatloaf’s face, while interrupting with some unintelligble, confusing question. In my Narcissist, although this type of faux pas would be portrayed as being due to obliviousness, it would actually have been a completely calculated action.

Gary even farted in the car on the way to buy supplies, to the consternation of everyone (even that would add to Meatloaf’s amygdala loading). The disruptions added up, because Meatloaf felt he couldn’t focus, and each disruption piled on the last one, as his amygdala began to pass the point of no return. This would also condition Meatloaf’s brain to become reflexively agitated at the mere thought of Gary, causing subsequent amygdala stimulations to have outsized cognitive effects. With the amygdala, if you can get your target to subconsciously anticipate your stimulation, and brace for it, it will actually have an even more potent effect when you deliver it, since they will be neurologically primed to react to it.

While shopping for their craft supplies, Gary also apparently bought many of the same craft supplies Meatloaf bought, so he had an exact set of supplies, just like Meatloaf’s, though he apparently kept Meatloaf unaware of this. I strongly suspect that Busey knew ahead of time, exactly how this would all play out on Meatloaf, when it would climax, and what Meatloaf’s reaction would be. I suspect that he actually planned all of this that far ahead of time. I am awed.

When they got back to the place where they were each to assemble their craft projects, Meatloaf’s supplies “disappeared” under the tablecloth on the food table by the front door. Gary then arrayed his identical set of supplies (which Meatloaf apparently didn’t know he had bought) on the table in front of him. This caused Meatloaf to believe those supplies were his, and Gary had stolen them. Gary made sure he looked super happy and content with himself at one point, as he sat and carefully examined the items, further irritating Meatloaf.

Meatloaf got flustered at the thought that Gary had stolen all of his supplies and was preventing him from working, and the pressure built. As it built, Meatloaf’s face went from worried and irritated, to a blank, stunned expression, as he walked around and tried to hold in what was building. I have seen that exact same blank facial expression – it is the calm before the storm. Don’t ever think that because your target suddenly looks hyper-unemotional as you try to hijack them that you are failing.

I love that as the pressure pops, the first thing Meat does is flex every muscle tight, grimace, and then scream the worst curse word there is, as loud as he can, just to kick things off. Meat, I hear you, and know your plight brother. The fall of civilization, and the return of wanton violence, will be a relief to us.

Note that Meatloaf’s violent reaction in this video is simply a mechanical attempt by his mind to calm his amygdala by eliminating what is irritating it – namely the constant, repetitive air-consumption being done by Gary Busey. Meatloaf’s loaded amygdala has scanned his brain for options to relieve its irritation, and the option that has come to the forefront is simply to kill Gary, or at least beat him severely enough that he will no longer impact Meatloaf’s ability to work. Gary’s existence is so revolting to Meatloaf’s amygdala that Meat’s brain just wants to destroy him, to relieve the stress. Were Meat to actually kill Gary, in a lawless environment, his amygdala would immediately shut off, it’s oxygen and nutrient consumption would immediately drop from the danger zone it is in, and the relaxing sensation this would produce would probably roughly approximate pleasure.

Also notice that as Meatloaf began to become violent, Gary actually squared his body off with Meatloaf, while maintaining that weird, Gary Busey eye-contact, even thrusting his blank, emotionless face forward while holding eye-contact, which was all further amygdala-stimulating. If you were a scrawny Gary Busey, and Meat was getting violent, the last thing you’d do is square off, throw your face into his, and lock eye contact like that. With my Narcissist, that would all have been purposeful. Obviously, you can’t argue with the results – Meat does lose it.

Pay close attention to Gary when he says, “That was all mine in my basket,” early in the encounter. That is the hyper-unemotional, monotonal, affect-free, Hannibal Lector delivery, perfectly done. He even folds his hands in front of him right after saying it, like an innocent choirboy, as the camera zooms in. If you or I were in that position, with Meat suddenly exploding on us, we would have evinced the emotional affect of interest, with our brow low, and an interested, questioning, quizzical look. We would have looked curious, as we wondered ‘why is Meat getting so angry all of a sudden?‘ Gary’s expression is blank and oblivious – and that is very amygdala stimulating. (This is a good example of something you will commonly see Narcissists do, called “Reinforcing the Narcissistic Bubble.” Narcissists will provoke outbursts, and then strike an unemotional pose, so as to reinforce their false reality, where they are the calm, cool, collected one, and their target is unbalanced. They will also try to create a theme in the social interaction of them being the “good,” reasonable one, and you being the “bad,” unreasonable, emotional one. Liberals do the same thing in an effort to out-group you, and it is why both Liberals and Narcissists get upset, if you remain emotionless when dealing with them. Sometimes called Gaslighting, this behavior has even manifested in efforts by Narcisssists to have their target formally diagnosed as mentally ill, and even commited to institutional care.)

Look at Meatloaf’s reaction to that meaningless, emotionless statement by Gary, that “Those were all mine in my basket” – it is reflexive, and explosive. His amygdala begins to go into an even higher gear, and he has no control of it. Subconsciously, Meatloaf wants an emotional response out of Gary so his mind can feel that it is gaining control of the situation, he is impacting Gary’s future behavior, and these negative circumstances will not arise again. When that emotional response isn’t forthcoming, his amygdala flips into an even higher gear, because, ‘By God, this bastard is going to respond!‘ Meat probably doesn’t even hear what Gary said. At this point he is fully reflexive, and the hijack is more of a mechanically induced event, than a logically induced event. Here, with an overloaded amygdala, unable to flag, weigh relative importance, or seek a logical solution, vague themes and physical presentations can supersede the effects of detailed logic and irrefutable reason. As the amygdala enters high gear, its flagging and weighing functions will deteriorate, and details and complex thoughts will become much less noticed than grossly perceived, broad-stroke emotional stimuli. This is why decisions to make Civil War, or just go wantonly killing every Liberal you can find in a bloodly orgy of violence, will not be made rationally, whenever they get made.

After being escorted out by John Rich and asked to wait outside until Rich comes back out to get him, notice how quickly Gary re-enters, and locks eye contact again with Meatloaf, to reinitiate the hijack. Notice how all of Gary’s speech is delivered in the unemotional fashion of the Hanibal Lector delivery. Notice how when Meatloaf reignites as the hijack resumes, and says, “You just don’t fucking assume…And you fucking ask!,” he has taken to looking down at the ground as he talks to Gary, to try and avoid eye contact, so as to diminish the load on his amygdala. After a particularly harsh amygdala hijack, my own Narcissist, Bob, reflexively looked at the ground, and off to the side, away from me as he talked, as if he were autistic, and he couldn’t bear to look at me. He did that to avoid the eye-contact-mediated amygdala stimulation which had become unbearable to him. It would not surprise me if it was experiencing this inability to make eye contact, which schools Narcissists on the power of eye contact, and the sort of stimuli which activate the amygdala and irritate others.

This all relates to politics, in that Liberals try to quiet their own amygdalae by getting government to stimulate Conservative amygdalae in some way. They want to make Conservatives pay for their birth control, to tax them, to disarm them so they can’t defend their families, to regulate their businesses into oblivion, to force them to confront sexual themes and activities which disgust and repel them, to prevent them from enjoying something under the guise of environmentalism, or prevent them from forming free associations to get healthcare or economic advantage. I mean, Leftists try to make parts of US parks off limits to humans who just want to peacefully enjoy them. They even insist Conservatives stop publicly acknowledging realities that bother the Liberal, from the failure of the multi-cult, to the bad effects from destroying the family unit, all so the Liberal can more easily retreat into a bubble of fantasy and false reality that will help the Leftist avoid all amygdala stimulation. That leftist behavior is all amygdala-stimulating to a freedom-loving K-psychology, and Liberals know this. Liberals are the people who feel good when others are irritated. That is not as uncommon a psychology as people think.

The thing is, when Conservatives reach sufficient levels of amygdala stimulation, they will let the pressure out, and it will likely be in the form of violence. We haven’t evolved that much in the last 500 years. The same humans who gladly hunted Comanche nearly to extinction, fought the revolutionary war, angrily killed their own brothers in the Civil War, happily flame-thrower’d Japanese in the Pacific, dragged Mussolini’s dead body through the streets, ruthlessly wanted blood after 9/11, and murdered Khadafi after torturing him on the spot, are all still around today. Push the right buttons, and all of that can happen again.

The danger for us K-strategists is, we tend to fight without thinking clearly, when we approach Meat’s level of amygdala stimulation – and that level of amygdala stimulation is almost the only time we will actually fight. This can lead us to be easily manipulated by r-strategists into fighting other K-strategists. Few Conservatives, pissed that the Federal government is seizing their guns, will hunt down the nearest unarmed Liberal rabbit hiding in their bedroom, and kill them in cold blood in their own house, as the rabbit pleads their helplessness and innocence. Rather, K-strategists will tend to fight anybody but the Liberal, from heavily armed government agents who come to take guns, to radical Muslims trying to implement Sharia on the streets of America, to K-strategists of another race who have been goaded into wanting to fight us by the Left. Even though the Liberal is a vile creature, and the source of all our problems, we are almost programmed to fight anyone but them.

On top of all of this, we have Liberals who, like Gary Busey, instinctively know how to draw out violent urges, and who are almost programmed to pit K-strategists against each other. This is how r-strategists operate and occasionally win. The only way to prevent it is to decide intellectually that when the violence starts, you will only target the unarmed rabbits who engendered it, and you will drive them from your land, no matter how unpleasant the endeavor. Any other path may lead to r-strategists clamping down tyranny and oppression, to assuage within them an amygdala that cannot tolerate stress. In great irony, letting it be known that you intend to follow that path may be the only thing which can stop the rabbits from fomenting war as K-selection approaches.

Returning to the show, what I find really funny about it all, is that aggressive guys like Meatloaf don’t amygdala hijack other people, and tend to be quite decent and moral personally. They don’t even know how you would do an amygdala hijack, and would have no desire to do one if they knew how. I’m sure Meatloaf doesn’t know what happened here. Even stranger, I would bet that if you tested Meatloaf’s IQ, it would be way higher than Gary’s. Yet Gary, of all people, not only knew how to do this, he showed himself to be a master of it.

I saw another episode where Trump introduced Gary to a wealthy and successful friend of his from the world of business, and Gary immediately moved in too close (space invasion), grabbed the guy’s hand to shake it as he squeezed the guy’s shoulder (uncontrolled physical contact/sensation), shook the hand aggressively, in an irregular, choppy cadence (the amygdala disregards that which can be predicted, but activates in response to unpredictability), all while placing his face uncomfortably close to the guy’s face, while locking an uncomfortable level of eye contact (amygdala stimulating). As he did all of that, he said, in an intense, whispering/gravely voice, something very confusing. I forget the phrase but it had the structure of a profound statement about something like love and God and angels, but which on closer inspection made no sense at all (again, flag the amygdala with the appearance of being profound/important, and then trigger the uncomfortable neural alarm of the ACC’ error monitoring function by making it nonsensical). The guy’s shoulders quickly hunched, his face took on a look of anguished confusion as he tried to smile politely for the camera, and he began to turn his head to the side and lean away from Busey defensively, even as they were still locked in an uncomfortable handshake. It was all amygdala stimulation, and Gary seemed to enjoy doing it.

Of all the people I’ve known who knew how to do this naturally, all gave an impression of having very low IQ’s, and limited-to-no technical scientific/analytic tendencies. Perhaps they are morons, or maybe they play dumb purposefully – I don’t know. I have suspected that some forms of intelligence, or perhaps task-focused cognitive models, focus your brain on technical details which deprive you of the raw emotional data the people around you give off, and as a result, your brain fails to develop skills similar to those which Gary’s brain has obviously developed. If you are task-focused, you focus on the idea that someone presents to you, trying to process it, and trying to formulate an intelligent reply that will help them. When you are like this, you tend towards the Asperger’s end of the cognitive spectrum. However, even as you master the physical world around you, you ignore why emotionally, your interlocutors are saying what they say, how saying it makes them feel, and how your reaction affects them emotionally.

Now imagine you were the exact opposite of that cognitive model. Lose the technical intelligence, and suddenly processing the idea technically is totally beyond you, and the emotions are all that you can see. This perceptual model is the opposite of Asperger’s syndrome. Always focused solely on the emotions in interactions, you and your brain become a virtuoso of emotional manipulation in ways the technically smarter can’t comprehend, even as you lack technological intelligence. I also suspect, such a skill at controlling the brains of others, placed in the hands of a child with no other power or aptitude, quickly becomes a pleasurable distraction which is perfected at every opportunity as they grow up – especially if they have a personality disorder which derives pleasure from the unhappiness of others.

This, in the end, is what those who love freedom face. Brilliant manipulators who enjoy the unhappiness of others and know how to irritate and socially manipulate the K-strategists of our populations into fighting each other, and K-strategists who are programmed in such an aggressive and honorable fashion as to be susceptible to the self-destructing manipulations of sociopathic r-manipulators. That , IMHO, the most difficult obstacle that freedom will have to overcome.

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46 Responses to The Amygdala Hijack In Action – A Video Example

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  2. General P. Malaise says:

    This all relates to politics, in that Liberals try to quiet their own amygdalae by getting government to stimulate Conservative amygdalae in some way. They want to make Conservatives pay for their birth control, to tax them, to disarm them so they can’t defend their families, to regulate their businesses into oblivion, to force them to confront sexual themes and activities which disgust and repel them, to prevent them from enjoying something under the guise of environmentalism, or prevent them from forming free associations to get healthcare or economic advantage. I mean, Leftists try to make parts of US parks off limits to humans who just want to peacefully enjoy them. They even insist Conservatives stop publicly acknowledging realities that bother the Liberal, from the failure of the multi-cult, to the bad effects from destroying the family unit, all so the Liberal can more easily retreat into a bubble of fantasy and false reality that will help the Leftist avoid all amygdala stimulation. That leftist behavior is all amygdala-stimulating to a freedom-loving K-psychology, and Liberals know this. Liberals are the people who feel good when others are irritated. That is not as uncommon a psychology as people think.

    …just a bit long to get on a t-shirt or bumper sticker.

    The part about Gary’s handshake …isn’t that what obama does? part hypnosis technique? is hypnosis related to the amygdala hijack??

    I really enjoy your writing.

    cheers

  3. koanic says:

    That was awe inspiring. The last part was about thals.

  4. Bob Wallace says:

    When confronted with people like Gary, I tend to smile, ignore them and turn my back to them. It drives them crazy. Gotta keep the upper hand with them.

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  6. You almost had me nodding at everything until the last part. Yikes.

    • Yes, that was kind of the point of the post, though I should have been clearer, it posits a hypothetical revolutionary scenario which I doubt any of us will ever see in our lifetimes, and which I do not advocate for.

      In fact, not only do I agree with your post, I can think of maybe seven or eight Leftists I will hide in my attic if the horrors begin, because I am friends with them. Like you, and most K-strategists, I am programmed too, even as I see the illogical nature of it.

      As I said in the post, we K-strategists are programmed to dance to the leftist’s tune, due to internal urges towards honor, and fighting only giants who want to fight us back. Even as I know that like me, you see the maps, even as I know you are smart enough to see the r-apocalypse is the least bloody option for the side of freedom (and maybe the only one with a shadow of a chance of winning), even as I know you’d abhor harming an honorable cop, Fed, military member, etc, even as I know you can see it is the leftist’s contempt for us and our nation which would bring it all about, both of us, if suddenly placed under unimaginable tyranny, would find engaging in the r-apocalypse somehow even more noxious than a long drawn out formal civil war, with K-strategists dancing to the leftist’s tune, and killing good men on both sides, just like ourselves. We are programmed, and that programming will get even worse in our movement, as our amygdalae get turned on someday.

      That said, I think the r-apocalypse will eventually become reality if civil war someday begins, just because of the three forms of revolutionary war, (fighting government agents, assassinating leaders, or the r-apocalypse), the r-apocalpyse, (fueled by apps like the one discussed on Vox, which aggregates all political facebook, twitter, forum, social network, and contribution/affiliation information for private sector users) is the only form which will not see all those revolutionaries taking part in it killed immediately by an all-knowing, information-fueled, technology-driven government in this surveillance age. Very quickly it, and those who adopt it, will probably be all that remains to resist. I think Darwin even selects among revolutionary strategies, and the surveillance state is a new selection pressure we have not seen before. It will change the face of revolution, and nobody will have to ask it to.

      My goal here, is to provide understanding, and predictive ability, based purely on an understanding of the mechanism, and devoid of my own social perceptions and predilections. I agree, it may make some stuff seem off the wall, when viewed through the human lens of a currently-r-environment, and not through a pure examination of the mechanism. In Gary’s example however, I see a mechanism related to politics, and I see what it points to.

      I don’t like it. I know K-strategists like you won’t either, but I also think those like us may not be able to affect it, while others, less like us will, using methods we may not be able to stomach, and perhaps by applying intellect where we are bound by emotion. Moreover, we may not be able to visualize any of this, as amygdala stimulation may move the moral goalposts so far we won’t be able to even imagine how people will think then.

      • I think your sense of where all this is headed is pretty accurate. Knowing what’s likely to happen is different from wanting it to happen. It’s good to see that we’re actually on the same wavelength.

        … both of us, if suddenly placed under unimaginable tyranny, would find engaging in the r-apocalypse somehow even more noxious than a long drawn out formal civil war, with K-strategists dancing to the leftist’s tune, and killing good men on both sides, just like ourselves. We are programmed, and that programming will get even worse in our movement, as our amygdalae get turned on someday.

        Nah, we aren’t programmed. We have moral agency because we’re human beings made in the image of God. Our innate grasp of moral principles and our desire to uphold them does limit our acceptable options, but any short-term losses we might suffer are nothing in the grand scheme of things. Our refusal to fight dirty might get us killed, but death isn’t the worst thing that can happen. I’m in the K tribe. I take the loooooooooooong view.

        I don’t like it. I know K-strategists like you won’t either, but I also think those like us may not be able to affect it, while others, less like us will, using methods we may not be able to stomach, and perhaps by applying intellect …

        It might well happen. I have the unshakeable sense that some kind of imagination-searing calamity is coming soon, barring divine intervention.

        If the r-type idiots do cause a collapse, a small percentage might flip to our K worldview, a slightly larger percentage of them will go feral, and most of the rest will become helpless prey. I’m of a mind to pull in the supply lines, fortify things, save who we can, and let the howling mob consume itself. We’ll rebuild after the savages bleed themselves white.

        … where we are bound by emotion.

        Not emotion. Morality.

        Moreover, we may not be able to visualize any of this, as amygdala stimulation may move the moral goalposts so far we won’t be able to even imagine how people will think then.

        Oh, I can visualize some pretty damn gnarly shit, being a veteran. Lots of us can.

        I’m a sheepdog, so I can contemplate the depths of violence and apply violence judiciously when needed. It makes my soul ache, but I can take that hit and keep going. I willingly do so because I don’t want to leave it to my nieces and nephews to handle. They deserve a real childhood.

        I will not advance the evil that our society seems bent on wallowing in, but neither will I sit idly by and let it devour my family and friends. If the wolves form a pack and come for the sheep, they’ll have to kill this sheepdog to do it. And I will take more than my fair share down with me.

        ΜΟΛΩΝ ΛΑΒΕ

        • It might well happen. I have the unshakeable sense that some kind of imagination-searing calamity is coming soon, barring divine intervention.

          I just had this same conversation with someone else, who feels it too. The conclusion was we now know what it is like to be an animal on an island about to be hit by a tsunami. We know something is coming, but we don’t know what specifically is bothering us, or what exactly is coming.

          I don’t think we will see civil war though, on this go around. For various reasons I’ll put in a coming post, I think the real trial our generation should prepare for will be disease. There are three main effects (not counting global interconnectedness) that have been unfolding on our population for a while which will vastly increase the likelihood of a pandemic sometime after the financial situation comes to a head. I expect Liberals to basically be savaged by it, and the rest of the country will have to learn to survive on its own for a while without any help from outside the immediate community.

          Not emotion. Morality.

          I’m somewhat aspie. You need to bear with me.

  7. Anonymous says:

    Is this an amygdala hijack? Best to watch the whole video for context, but you can fast forward to 32:45 for the beginning of the segment. Something seems to change in the interviewee around 34:15;

    • General P. Malaise says:

      not sure if it isn’t anything more then blind stupidity. these people are not right in the head. they are brainwashed by the education system.

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y3qkf3bajd4 Yuri Bezmenov illustrates how the Russians spent most of their resources taking over the education systems in the west, it seems they targeted “higher learning” first and then those began teaching the younger generations.

      do you read Daniel Greenfield? I think his take on the world is worth following.

      http://sultanknish.blogspot.ca/

      • Yeah, Greenfield rocks. I’ve got him in the blogroll.

        I think the education thing may not even be a plan, so much as an outgrowth of the rabbit desire to surround themselves with rabbits. We don’t realize it, but just being a Conservative is the beginning of an amygdala hijack to Liberals. The second they hear of resistance, it really bothers them that they are no longer surrounded by fuzzy bunnies. I suspect they are programmed to detect that hint of confrontation, because it heralds the beginning of the K-selecting environment, and the need, in ancient times, for their type to migrate on to new, uninhabited territory.

    • She apparently blanks out for a moment, then denies that what she saw was what actually happened. She’s firmly attached herself to her pet theory, and seems unwilling to countenance contrary evidence. A perfunctory dismissal is all she’s got left.

      I don’t know if it’s an example of an amygdala hijacking, but it’s a clear case of a professional bullshitter masquerading as a scientist being unmasked.

      Am I the only one who noticed that the Norwegian female “scientist” looks masculine (severe bob haircut, no makeup, & frumpy clothing) and the Norwegian male “scientist” looks feminine (has a hoop earring)?

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  9. Sam says:

    This is very good work. Without you pointing out I would have never understood this but can see it clearly now. I tend much more towards looking at things and ideas. I’m not so good at reading other people.

    Heywood Jablome remarked,”…imagination-searing calamity is coming soon…”. I feel this so strongly it may not imaginable to others.

    • Something wicked this way comes.

    • Thank you.

      Seeing this for the first time seems impressive, but it is actually just the beginning of a long journey. This is everywhere around you, and as you learn to see it, by seeing it all, over and over again, you become much more intimately familiar with how the brain is working, and how certain people become pure evil, due simply to a fear of the hijack – they will do anything to anyone, to avoid the sensation. You also begin to see how to keep the pure evil people at bay and control their behavior, using the very force which motivates their evil. Eventually, the amygdala hijack should become one of the most powerful tools in the Conservative aresnal, both to demotivate and traumatize Liberals, and to aid real Conservatives to drive the rabbits from the Conservative movement. You can also use this knowledge to create really powerful idea viruses, or memes, which can make it almost impossible for Liberals to contemplate politics, let alone get involved. All of Liberalism is flight from that sensation. Intimately tie the sensation to an ideological precept, and that ideological precept will no longer be able to even be contemplated by the ideologues who would otherwise promote it.

      I really can’t wait until much smarter people than me, with innate abilities I can’t even imagine, take this over, and begin applying it to the battle. It could easily change everything. Best of all, by the nature of how it all works, it is only really effective on Liberals. Any Conservative with even a weak understanding of it is equivalent to ten Liberals with a strong grasp of it. When this finally hits it will be epic.

  10. Bob Wallace says:

    One thing I’ ve noticed about leftists is that if you say something to them that they cannot answer – in fact can’t said anything at all – they will never forgive you. I’ve come to the conclusion they can dish it out but cannot take it. They’re bullies, and when you get the best of them they collapse.

    • Agreed. I tend to view that as you stimulating the amygdala when you force them to confront the reality they want to deny the first time, and then when they meet you the second time, their amygdala remembers the past stimulation, and turns on just on seeing you. Hitting them again, when they begin the interaction agitated will make it even worse on the second go around, and it will get worse each time. Finally, they will end up unable to even think about being around you without seeing signifigant cognitive decline. At that point, provoking outbursts and making them look unbalanced can become quite simple. Most people asume this is static, and the effects are not cumulative, but in Narcissists, and many Liberals, the effects do pile on top of each other.

      It is a shame. If they just left other people alone, and didn’t insist on supplication in every regard, even in matters of thought, they could enjoy such peace and happiness.

      • Anonymous says:

        It is a shame. If they just left other people alone, and didn’t insist on supplication in every regard, even in matters of thought, they could enjoy such peace and happiness.

        They can’t. They’re broken tinkerers. Since they’re unwilling to fix their own damage — or even to look at it and admit it’s there — they busy themselves with the rest of us.

  11. TroperA says:

    I’ve always wondered if the classic
    Duke Nukem Ventrillo Harassment video is an example of an amygdala hijack. The woman running the vent server gets more and more agitated as the troll repeats his sound clips, until by the end she’s a quivering wreck.

    I’d comfortably bet 100 bucks that the woman is a liberal.

  12. anon says:

    I recently came upon a word I hadn’t seen or heard before, and after seeing the definition it immediately brought to mind this post:

    Lalochezia (n):
    – The use of vulgar or foul language to relieve stress or pain.
    – [ From Greek lalia (speech) + chezo (to relieve oneself)]

    • Interesting. It makes me wonder if this is the force building up erroneously in the minds of the Tourrette’s patients who are uncontrollably driven to blurt out obscenities.

      Frustration in the amygdala produces a drive to rule breaking more generally, to shock those around you and precipitate an emotional effect in them? Is this why the emotionless affect works so well in the amygdala hijack? Are you denying them a response that their amygdala is programmed to want?

      Thank you for the data point.

  13. Mina says:

    (slow clap) You know how much I love your stuff, but this analysis is just magic.

    Good one! 🙂

    Hey I think we might have had a hand in this press release:
    http://www.thetruthaboutguns.com/2014/03/robert-farago/nra-ila-rule-law-tatters-constitution-state/

    • Mina, that press release is all you. Nice.

      Lately I am seeing people solely in terms of the level of amygdala stimulation – and something in society is increasing it. I think we all know what is coming on some level, and leftists especially are freaking out.

      I’m hopeful whoever gets the Republican nod will begin to roll this out in the 2016 debates. That would be awesome.

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