or… mass hypnosis- the madness of crowds

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 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 phenomena:


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 main stream media and government channels continuously  feed the “beast” with more messaging that focus 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 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 acknowledgement.


  1. I really like Dr. Robert and I do agree on a lot of things said, but I think there is good and alternative way to explain what happened in Nazi Germany and in Soviet Russia.
    Basically, there were strong toxic ideological backgrounds to those populations (Darwinian theory, political ideologies that propagated hatred and division, ideological devaluation of human live, strong propaganda, ideologies that considered portions of the population as sub-human, past tragic events that caused sorrow, grief and despair to the people, etc, etc).
    Also, there were strong addictions in those populations. Germans were addicted to their well-being and their pride (they still are). The Russians, the same, even if they only wanted the essentials to live. And then their addiction had to come to an abrupt end all of the sudden, while at the same time a wanna-be “savior” came to the… “rescue”.

    So, nazism and bolshevism were appearing (both emotionally and intellectually) like their only way out of the sorrow and despair. Perhaps even, a way for revenge towards an enemy that they couldn’t point out.
    The same is happening today as well. The same theories, the same ideologies, the same addictions, the same propaganda, and the same crazy people still exist.

    I agree that the people seem like hypnotized, but I don’t really think they are.
    They are simply addicted to entertainment and their passions.
    Being restricted is torture for them and they will do ANYTHING to avoid that.
    And it is much easier for them when they see MANY people around them doing that “anything” too.
    Essentially, they have descended to the animal level by their own free will.
    Today, the only new thing is the mix of some extra FEAR, that is not originating from the addictions themselves, as in the past, but from external threats to the people’s survival.

    So, I don’t think there is anything new here, apart from a different dosage of fear in an old recipe with multiple ingredients.

    Why we are not affected?
    I can only talk for myself:
    If tomorrow there is no food, I would have zero problem to go out and eat grass. I can assure you that I know what grass to pick, what to lace it with to make it tasty, and I will even enjoy eating it. Even if I had nothing to lace it with (no salt, no lemons, etc.), I would see it as a great challenge eating the grass raw. For consecutive days, and without complaining.
    If my life is in danger, for me that would be just another day. If I feel it is more than that, I might say a prayer…
    If a globally recognized genius tell me things that don’t seem correct to me, I will just go and prove him wrong to myself, and then call him an idiot and ignore him. Even if he is a genius, he has probably sold his soul.
    If you tell me that elephants can fly, I will never be sure enough that you are wrong.
    For me, the pattern the world is moving is crystal clear: things get worse by the day and there is no hope for humanity, and no hope for avoiding our demise. The only hope is our Creator and His rules, that we avoid at all costs and we will never go back to Him before we totally destroy ourselves.
    In essence, we live in a spiritual war since the beginning of time, where the outcome is known in advance. We cannot change the outcome, but we can change the destiny of our own soul.

    Times change, human societies change, humans change, but the spiritual war, the tricks used in it, and its final outcome always remain the same.


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