The psychology of blind following.

It’s not just for religious leader even for our political leaders we seem to demonstrate the same devotion. Blind and unquestioning compliance explains a psychology in back of our mind.

We, human beings possess this intrinsic lack to idealize someone, holding in high regards to overcome our own inadequacy- to bring perfection in our characters. If I am not wrong, since childhood you might have altered dozens of your role models. I personally recall multiple, whom I would follow passionately but with the passage of time I witnessed a decline in my this behaviour, one after one model kept falling from the grace; the reason behind this was might be my path towards learning. Just like me, in every person’s mind, there is someone that one adores; eager to follow one’s every step which is by the way not sinful or detrimental if it assures development. We are not perfect, but perfection is an illusion, Nah? Yet we would make attempts to attain at least the semblance of perfection. But does the following someone is Ok? Yes. Only if it’s not blind following. In other words Hero-worship.

Utter few words against Manzoor Pashteen and see a barrage of swearing coming your way. Object Benazir or her father and get ready to face the resentment of PPP’s followers. Just the same with Nawaz Sharif or Fazul Rehman. Well, how would you be dealt with, by Imran’s proponents should not be alien to you, if you have ever criticized him? Do you see? Every follower -exempting few- of aforesaid parties would jump down your throat in a very identical manner. In some parties, you might find it beyond normal while in other, under the line of normalcy given the nature of political awareness that is offered to the supporters. So my question is if people from political parties, who claim to be liberal, secular and whatnot act frenetically in the face of criticism, why do we expect any different from the adherents of religious leaders? Where implanted programming twists into an extreme level, to a deity position.

To be honest, we all are in the same boat when it comes to our idols. We are indoctrinated in a really indistinguishable manner, be it religious, political or social indoctrination. Our main factor remains the same submission to sightless and unquestioning obedience.

To be honest, we all are in the same boat when it comes to our idols. We are indoctrinated in a really indistinguishable manner, be it religious, political or social indoctrination. Our main factor stays the same. From a very young age, we are trained to submit sightless and unquestioning obedience. Though it’s unquestioning, a door to logic is slammed on. We place our leaders in a godhead position, whatever they say, whatever they propagate our commitment demands unquestioning compliance. Digging a little insight could open the door to logic but if you have already prepared mind to offer objectless submission, anything contrary would be of zero worth. What Molana Tariq Jamil said and how it was totally ludicrous is a debatable point to have a separate post on, here my point is to find the reason behind our resistance towards logical following. It’s been two days; I have been seeing scores of Molana’s devotees turning up to argue on his behalf but mainly fall in four categories.

-Ones that blindly worship him and want to believe every word that comes out of his mouth, no matter how absurd it sounds.

-Next, there are his followers who claim to be logical but want to give him the benefit of doubt and demand others to find some good intent in his statement.

-Then there are the people who might find absurdity in his statement still would anxiously justify his folly with additional irrationality, for instance, “he came up with this statement didn’t mean he condoned cases of child rape” it just he is a human and he can’t mention each and every problematic issue (but obviously he had the time to put a long narration only to associate a global pandemic to women’s modesty).

-Last and not least, brushing every logic aside only to attack your belief system, oh you liberal blah blah. Like they would never argue on what needs their attention but alas!

Why would anyone put blind faith in someone? A faith that demands one’s absolute compliance? Psychology appears to answer that. Conformity, Fear of being left out and the ballooned ego…!

We have a problem at hand but what are the reasons behind? Why would anyone put blind faith in someone? A faith that demands one’s absolute compliance? Psychology appears to answer that.

You might have come across the word Conformity. In conformity, people mostly rely on the information of others. If ten people do agree on something, there are greater chances that 11th person without having any background of the point would blindly follow their steps. Because most of the time lack of confidence let people chase others. These people believe in “Majority is right” or “Mob mentality”.

Second reason encompasses psychological and social need. Our mind works in a mysterious way nonetheless our quest of knowledge and learning revolve around Homeostasis. We want congruence in our thoughts now anything that could give rise to cognitive dissonance or ambivalence would be resisted instantly. Simultaneously, we don’t want to be rejected or feel left out so we would go where everyone is going. Our need for association (generating identity) with a group impels us to keep up with the group’s dynamics.

Last and not least, to keep our egos afloat, the sense of already having ken and resistance to re-considering could leave us immune to new information, keeping our sense of ego in place.

So when you confront aforesaid people don’t judge them, don’t ridicule them just remember it’s unconscious they need help, not your pity or judgmental looks.

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