‘Are We Being Hypnotized, And Do We Like it?’ – Mattias Desmet on Covid and War Hysteria


Ever since his first high-profile interview in the spring of 2021 on the mass-hysteria surrounding the COVID-19 crisis, Professor Matthias Desmet PhD from the University of Ghent in Belgium, has become one of the leading voices calling of the irrational believes and government policies which has more or less paralyzed our societies, eviscerated our rights and freedoms, and crippled our economies. Since then, this important conversation has gone mainstream. 

“On Joe Rogan’s podcast in December of 2021, mRNA vaccine technology inventor Dr. Robert Malone mentioned three words that ignited a firestorm: “Mass Formation Psychosis.” Malone was quoting the work of Matthias Desmet, professor of psychoanalytic psychotherapy at the University of Ghent. In this episode, Perspectives goes to the source to explore: Could the near-total capitulation to measures with no scientific basis or common sense rationale, like lockdowns and the donning of face masks, be a feature of a kind of mass hysteria or moral panic? In what ways are the pandemic measures similar to features of totalitarianism? How do unscrupulous leaders wield their understanding of human behavior patterns? Most troubling of all, what is it about human beings that makes us so willing to submit to “mass formation?” This interview was filmed before the outbreak of war in Ukraine, but the connection between war, hysteria, and propaganda is thoroughly explored in this far-ranging conversation.”

In this recent episode of Pandemic Perspectives, presenter John Kirby asks Prof. Desmet, “Are We Being Hypnotized, And Do We Like It?” Watch: 


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One Response to “‘Are We Being Hypnotized, And Do We Like it?’ – Mattias Desmet on Covid and War Hysteria”

  1. nixon scraypes says:

    Even highly intelligent people were buying into it! Were bought into it more likely. Intelligent or thick, it makes no difference if your thinking is not critical and just goes along with what the boss says. I’m surprised this bloke still has his job, I guess he’ll be slowly eased out if he gets any traction beyond conspiracy lunatics such as I.