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  •  Not all people are groupists and not all people (3+ / 0-)

    are endemically insecure. It seems contradictory, but the people who cling to independence and individualism seem incapable of seeing other people as qnything but an exemplar of a group. Our individualists can't see individuals. So, perhaps their professed belief system is just wishful thinking or a matter of their perception of themselves as isolates, consistent with a self-centered perspective, being an example of making lemonade out of lemons.
    That self-centered people feel isolated is fairly indisputable. Indeed, most will admit to feeling alone and then quickly add that's how they like it--a lie. We can tell it's a lie because these loners are always looking to be in some group that, as often as not, does not want them to join. Because isolates simply don't know how to get along. So, they try to dominate.

    Groupies or groupists (one is more emotional than the other), being isolates, naturally feel inferior. So, in order to compensate, they aim to achieve a superior status, derived from their associations. That's where gilt by association comes in. That is, these self-centered individuals attach themselves to important people and groups, either as fans or antagonists to enhance their sense of self-importance. We see a lot of that currently in the people who can't go a day without attacking the President for some perceived infraction or stupidity. Their antagonism towards the "leader of the free world" makes them feel important -- gilt by association.
    The problem that the Republican party has is that there's a thin line between antipathy and adulation and the fan base, being fickle, is likely to switch at any moment. It is the fear that they might, which makes it necessary to denigrate the President at every turn. Any admission of value will be enough to turn the base and then all will be lost.

    The puzzlement is how the Republican party became the party of the insecure.

    We organize governments to deliver services and prevent abuse.

    by hannah on Wed Mar 20, 2013 at 03:42:35 AM PDT

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