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Speaking in a concrete rather than the universal context, isn't the follwoing question interesting: How malleable is the social reality today? Do new technologies and global economic ties allow more manipulative social environment than ever? Would grand scale manipulative attempts lag technology at all?

It is interesting to recall this long lecture of 14 years ago. The first (conspiracy) half of it is still a standard narrative of the presumed Masonic/financial conspiracy towards New World Order or whatever. Nothing that is said there is proved definitely wrong yet. Contrarily, even the most nutcase projections (like world wide currency, population microchipping) are more talked about, and events of the last decade only give much more food for the particular picture of manipulation. If we are good in forming social reality for sheep, why fellow humans would not be approached?

Recently I read a psychological text in Russian with a classification of 7 psychological types, or rather radicals that form human character cocktails. Although the theory is rather straightforward, I cannot trace a similar description on the internet. Nevertheless, the theory looks reasonable, explanatory and helpful personally, apparently supported by professional practice and clinical observation of extreme cases. It would not be a big revelation to those who studied psychology, I suppose. What struck me is a neat differentiation and complementarity of the psychological types - asif they evolved not in competition but in consonance with each other. (One type is apparently even determined by early developmental rather than genetic conditions, and a schizoid radical is quite hard to rationalize evolutionarily). One type manically seeks attention and approval, other type (but not others!) respects hierarchical order and place competition enormously, yet other type is able to concentrate and organize around some goal... Each type is quite limited in social perception and... quite susceptible to manipulation in some or other way. No wonder that big empires or industrial societies had been built. And one other observation: the modern social-economic pressures of stereotypical market competition, self-improvement and career making put unequal pressure on the psychological types. If this a form of artificial selection, it is shrewdly favorable to grand scale manipulation, I could say.

by das monde on Thu Oct 21st, 2010 at 03:02:20 AM EST
A more complete reference to the Russian text, along with a somewhat more detailed description of the typology and inter-typical dynamics, if any, would be appreciated.  

"It is not necessary to have hope in order to persevere."
by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on Thu Oct 21st, 2010 at 10:44:08 AM EST
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Apparently I came across the typology of Victor Ponomarenko. Here is rough naming of the radicals, in rather ignorant translation: hysteroid, epileptoid, paranoiad.., emotive, schizoid, hypertimate.., alarmed... Anything missing? I could not find the same description in English. (Try Google translate?) A concise translation of the colorful characterization I have would require a diary - if I would dare spend time on that.
by das monde on Sat Oct 23rd, 2010 at 12:26:28 AM EST
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Thanks for the effort.

"It is not necessary to have hope in order to persevere."
by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on Fri Oct 29th, 2010 at 10:45:14 AM EST
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