Tuesday, November 21, 2017

How Murderer Charles Manson and Donald Trump Used Language to Gain Followers

 Ed. Charles Manson was a psycho murderer who spent 47+ years in prison. The silly author of this hit piece attempts to compare Manson's methods of 'effective communication' with those of Donald Trump, claiming each man turned followers into mindless zealots.  Can leftists be any more pathetic?

The following article appeared in Newsweek on November 20th

The death of cult leader and convicted murderer Charles Manson resurfaces tales from his twisted family’s killing spree after nearly four decades. Manson orchestrated the brutal deaths of actress Sharon Tate and six other innocent people in the 1960s according to historical reports, which leave many wondering how he convinced followers, made up of a former Sunday school teacher, a church choir singer and a one-time homecoming princess, into committing such brutal acts.

According to psychoanalyst Mark Smaller, past president of the American Psychoanalytic Association, part of Manson’s power lay in the type of language he used. Notably, Manson was able to speak in a way that engaged those who felt marginalized or alienated. 
Charlie Manson

“A charismatic leader knows how to speak to people in a way that will emotionally engage those people,” Smaller told Newsweek.

Smaller is clear that he does not believe President Donald Trump is similar to the convicted killer, or that their followers have any shared beliefs or characteristics, but he did say we can look to the current president to see how language is used to form a bond with followers.

“Our current president speaks in an emotional or affective way to large numbers of people in our country who feel a kind of alienation or disconnection from the government,” he said. “They feel very responded to and become his political base.”

According to the psychoanalyst, cult followers like those in the Manson family are so seduced by feelings of acceptance and understanding that they accept their leaders’ ideologies regardless of how destructive or dangerous they may be.

“It’s not even the content of what that charismatic leader says,” he said. “He or she is able to do it in an emotional way.”

Smaller said that gang members also utilize this way of speaking to recruit new members who may not have any form of familial or social support.

They can feel like somebody has their back,” he said.

Smaller doesn’t have specifics on what Manson may have told followers, but said cult leaders may say things like, “Your parents don’t really care about you. Your community doesn’t care about you. The government doesn’t really care about you, but I’m going to not only care about you, I’m going to take care of you. I understand how angry, neglected, and hurt you feel.” 
You're not funny now, Charlie. Just dead!
This ability to empathize is a key component of manipulation, according to Dr. Carrie Barron, a psychiatrist at Columbia University.

“There’s a very distorted dark side of empathy,” she said. “You can use empathy to get inside another person and manipulate. You know the inner workings of another person. You’re able to perceive that without thinking about it.”

For example, manipulators might connect to their followers by holding their hands while speaking or looking them in the eyes.

But while it’s clear that manipulators, like cult leaders, prey on people using language, Barron said there’s usually a combination of factors that make them successful. And she warns that many times the perpetrators appear more vulnerable than they really are, though there’s still a lot that we don’t know about these types of people, according to Barron.

She warns that we all need to be cautious and alert in order not to get swept up in these radical personalities, which Smaller believes is more important now than ever before. 

He said that a combination of socioeconomic conditions and social media have led to the increased feelings of discontent.

“That kind of distance, if not disconnect, creates a mass kind of alienation,” he said.

While it's natural to worry about the power charismatic leaders hold, Smaller thinks we should focus on empowering those who need someone to follow.

“I’ve never worried as much about the Donald Trumps in the world as I worry about the large amount of people in our country who feel alienated and disconnected and looking to follow somebody,” he said.

“We live in a time where the potential [is high] for adolescents to become very isolated and disconnected from their families, from their schools, and from their communities. As citizens of our communities, it’s our job to recognize and respond when we see that happening.”

Ed.  The definition of yellow journalism is “journalism that is based upon sensationalism and crude exaggeration.”  The author of this pathetic attempt at comparing a third rate psycho and killer, Charlie Manson with a first rate man and president, Donald Trump hopes to convince readers that both of these “manipulators” use language to turn followers into slaves and zealots.

The left work day and night to bring down Donald Trump. They succeeded in thoroughly discrediting George Bush because Bush was wimpy enough to LET them. By refusing to fight back, Bush was responsible for the Democrat upheaval which placed Hussein in the White House and countless America hating Marxists in important positions throughout the federal government.

Cowardly, disinterested politicians represent a great danger to the American public. George Bush was a classic example. Donald Trump, on the other hand, will spit in the eye of despicable critics. That’s a reaction which neither the hard left nor Republican sell-outs are used to seeing in a politician. And that’s the point: Trump is a man, NOT a political hack.

It’s no wonder DC politicos in BOTH party’s want Donald Trump out of office.

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