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  THE COLLECTIVE COGNITIVE IMPERATIVE 

If properly stimulated or sufficiently stressed, I can suspend analytical thinking, narrow my consciousness and passively transfer control of myself to some real or imagined authority. I put my faith and trust in, indeed I feel obligated and beholden to, this authority. (Note: The authority is associated with a culturally agreed on expectancy behind a belief system. The authority can be preacher, shaman, witch doctor, hypnotist, idol, voice from a speaker, TV image, drum, sacred book, magic charm, etc. This giving up control happens most often in settings where peer pressure to conform is strong, or involving rituals triggering trancelike behavior, and, in some cases, may involve auditory and / or visual hallucinations.)

Alternate Characterization with Wikipedia Entries:

feels pressure to conform / peer pressure

accepts authority, open to indoctrination

succumbs to The Bandwagon Effect

extreme suggestibility ==> The Brainwashed Herd / Sheeple 

summary Wikipedia article: Collective Cognitive Imperative

Numerical Characterization with TFJD code: 1123

Numerical Characterization with Emotional Volatility VI index: 54

Related Words, Beliefs, Background -- 26 entries             Songs!              Discussion from The Worldview Literacy Book

More to Explore -- Worldview Theme #15: The Collective Cognitive Imperative 

Suggestibility (from online encyclopedia)
Mind Control (from online encyclopedia)
Bicameralism (from online encyclopedia)
Hallucination (from online encyclopedia)
Religious Conversion (from online encyclopedia)
Peer Pressure (from online encyclopedia)
Wishful Thinking (from online encyclopedia)
Crowd Psychology (from online encyclopedia)
Hypnosis (from online encyclopedia)
Trance (from online encyclopedia)
Groupthink (from online encyclopedia)
Glossalalia (speaking in tongues with "divine language" unknown to speaker; from online encyclopedia)
Brainwashing by Religious Cults (from Religious tolerance website)
Whirling Dervishes/Mevlevi Order (how dance can induce an altered state of consciousness, from online encyclopedia)
The Cult Education Institute  (nonprofit "devoted to public education and research" re: "destructive cults, controversial groups and movements") 
The Origin of Consciousness in the Breakdown of the Bicameral Mind (from Julian Jaynes website)
The Julian Jaynes Society (scholarly group devoted to "exploring consciousness and the bicameral mind theory")
"When the Drummers Were Women" by Layne Redmond  (when "the drum summoned the Goddess")
I'll Have What She's Having--Mapping Social Behavior by A. Bentley, etal. (review in The Guardian of 2011 book) 
The Alphabet vs The Goddess by Leonard Shlain  (book review by Sandra Blakeslee in NY Times September 11 1999)
Subliminal Messages in Advertising
The Battle for Your Mind
The Truth and the Hype of Hypnosis (from Scientific American)
Hypnosis and Suggestibility: An Experimental Approach (from American Journal of Clinical Hypnosis)
Intervoice ("the international community for hearing voices")
Hearing Voices Network
Parenting--Teens--Peer Pressure
Shaman   (the journal of The International Society for Shamanistic Research)
"Seeing God...How the Brain Creates Out of Body Experiences and Religious Epiphanies" by Oliver Sacks (Dec 2012 article on The Atlantic website)
"High Coffee Intake May Cause Auditory Hallucinations"  (June 2011 news report on The Huffington Post)
"Are Spiritual Encounters All in Your Head? by Barbara Hagerty (part of five part series on NPR, May 2009) 
"Following the Crowd" (2008 article in Sep 4 2008 The Economist about crowdsourcing)
"Anthropology and Hallucinations, by Andrew Lang" (from 1900 book The Making of Religion)
The Relationship of the Bicameral Mind and the Paranormal (article by Julian Jaynes, Paul Kurtz, and D.C. Stove)
Reflections on the Dawn of Consciousness: Julian Jaynes Bicameral Mind Theory Revisited (about this book)
Evolution, Religion, Schizophrenia, and the Schizotypal Personality (90 minute lecture by Stanford's Robert Sapolsky)
Science, Psychology, and Spirituality by Khalid Sohail  (2006 article) 
People Pleasing by Steve Mensing
Groupthink (from Small Group Communication)
The Masses and Emotional Suggestibility (from classic 1946 book)
I am Charlotte Simmons by Tom Wolfe (one theme of this 2004 novel is how a young woman handles peer pressure)
Instincts of the Herd in Peace and War, by William Trotter (read this classic 1908 book at Google Books)
The Wisdom of Crowds, by James Surowiecki (read excerpts of 2004 book at Google Books)
Group Mind
Social Psychology and The Group Mind (from 1937 book by Herbert Blumer)
Foucault's Pendulum, by Umberto Eco (1/3 way through this book is a detailed description of Amparo "called by deep voices" losing control of herself in a drum beat filled, other worldly, Caribbean spiritualistic meeting)   
quotes on thought and mind control
quotes on cults

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