As investigations into Trump intensify, I start to notice that he and his closest followers are mentally breaking down even more than usual. I always wondered what drew his cult to him and I think I found the answer in a comment on Youtube:
“Trumpism is by definition, a shared psychosis. A shared psychotic disorder is a rare type of mental illness in which a healthy person starts to take on the delusions of someone who has a psychotic disorder. For example, let’s say your spouse has a psychotic disorder and, as part of that illness, believes aliens are spying on them. Trump convinced his followers that President Obama spied on him. People with psychotic disorders have trouble staying in touch with reality and often can’t handle daily life. The most obvious symptoms are hallucinations (seeing or hearing things that aren’t real) and delusions (believing things that aren’t true, even when they get the facts). Shared psychotic disorders can also happen in groups of people who are closely involved with a person who has a psychotic disorder (called folie à plusiers, or “the madness of many”). For instance, this could happen in a cult if the leader is psychotic and their followers take on their delusions. The most obvious example of this is what happens in a cult, if the leader is living with a mental illness and transfers their delusions to the group. In a larger group setting, this might also be termed mass hysteria. Scientific American asked Bandy Lee, a forensic psychiatrist, to comment on the psychology behind Trump’s destructive behavior, and what attracts his followers to him. “TheReasons are multiple and varied. I have outlined two major emotional drives: narcissistic symbiosis and shared psychosis. Narcissistic symbiosis refers to the developmental wounds that make the leader-follower relationship magnetically attractive. The leader, hungry for adulation to compensate for an inner lack of self-worth, projects grandiose omnipotence—while the followers, rendered needy by societal stress or developmental injury, yearn for a parental figure. When such wounded individuals are given positions of power, they arouse similar pathology in the population that creates a “lock and key” relationship. “Shared psychosis”—which is also called “folie à millions” [“madness for millions”] when occurring at the national level or “induced delusions”—refers to the infectiousness of severe symptoms that goes beyond ordinary group psychology. When a highly symptomatic individual is placed in an influential position, the person’s symptoms can spread through the population through emotional bonds, heightening existing pathologies and inducing delusions, paranoia and propensity for violence—even in previously healthy individuals.” Destructiveness is a core characteristic of mental pathology, whether directed toward the self or others. When mental pathology is accompanied by criminal-mindedness, the combination can make individuals far more dangerous than either alone. In my textbook on violence, I emphasize the symbolic nature of violence and how it is a life impulse gone awry. Briefly, if one cannot have love, one resorts to respect. And when respect is unavailable, one resorts to fear. Trump is now living through an intolerable loss of respect: rejection by a nation in his election defeat. Violence helps compensate for feelings of powerlessness, inadequacy and lack of real productivity.”
I have taken a lot of inspiration from multiple characters in order to create the main protagonist for my future fantasy books. In terms of appearance, he will be as tall and muscular as Robert Baratheon was in his prime. Like Eragon after his transformation, my character’s face will be fairer than any human and more rugged than any elf. Like Rhaegar Targaryen, my character will possess a natural charisma and is not fond of fighting despite being trained to fight. Like King Anduin from World of Warcraft, my character will genuinely desire peace and reluctantly goes to war. Like all members of House Magnus, my protagonist will have ruby eyes and black hair with a white streak in it.
In my future fantasy books, the female character who would have the most complex relationship with the main character would be his personal scullery maid. Out of all the main female characters, she has known the main character the longest. Despite being master and servant, they have no sense of formality between them. She is the protagonist’s oldest friend and most trusted confidant, which makes her the protector of all his secrets. Based on this, their relationship is built on mutual honesty. I have loosely taken inspiration from Cinderella while creating this character. In terms of personality, she is like a Dandere anime character, which is quiet, shy, timid, and only opens up to a select few people. In terms of appearance, I have taken inspiration from Masane Amaha from Witchblade. However, my character’s brunette hair will be medium length and her eyes will be silver-colored.
The fifth main female character in my future fantasy books will be a young baroness. She will be a member of the most powerful and influential noble family in the kingdom of Gaena second only to the imperial family itself. However, her life before her betrothal to the main character is a sad story. Despite her privileged upbringing, she has had traumatic experiences with her family. When she first meets the main character, she experiences kindness for the first time in her life. As a result, she becomes madly in love with him to the point of obsession. She becomes overly protective of him, determined to have him for herself. This brings her into conflict with the protagonist’s other brides throughout the story. This gives her the personality of a yandere anime character. Fortunately, as the story and her personality progresses, she slowly learns to share the main character with the other brides. In terms of appearance, I drew inspiration from Yoruichi Shihouin from Bleach, but I changed my character’s hair style. In addition to a different hairstyle, my character will have black hair that glitters purple like a raven’s feathers.
Although my main character’s relationship with the high princess will be tense, his relationships with his other brides will be more complicated. Three of the main female characters will be members of royal families in the southern kingdoms of the empire. Although they are betrothed to the main character, they and the protagonist regard one another as childhood friends. Therefore, they marry one another out of duty to their respective families and the empire as a whole. However, as they travel together on their arduous adventure, they start to genuinely fall in love. In terms of appearance, I have taken inspiration from Akeno Himejima and Rias Gremory from Highschool DXD and Rushuna Tendo from Grenadier. This will involve one character having black hair and violet eyes, one character having red hair and blue eyes, and one character with blonde hair and bronze eyes. In terms of personality, I will basing them on the Bakadere, Undere, and Kuudere archetypes for anime characters. The Bakadere will be a charismatic idiot like Sasha Blouse from Attack on Titan. The Undere will act as the main character’s “yes” person and has difficulty thinking for herself. The Kuudere will express little emotion, but will exhibit explosive emotional outbursts when the main character is involved. Overall, these princesses will be an intriguing cast of characters that will add a few more layers of complexity to my protagonist’s love life.
As mentioned in my previous post, I am thinking modeling my six lead female characters in my future fantasy books on the physical appearance of anime characters I have a crush on. The main female character will be a high princess who is the sole surviving heir of the previous imperial dynasty. Politically, she is my main character’s most powerful and significant bride. Like Eleonora Viltaria from Lord Marksman and the Vanadis, my character will have long silver hair, but her eyes will be aqua-colored instead of red. The reason for this is because silver hair and aqua-colored eyes are the traditional features of House Sylva, the previous imperial dynasty. My character will also be a year older than the main character. In terms of personality, my character will be a tsundere, which is a type of character who is initially hostile to the main character before gradually becoming friendlier to them. She HATES her fiancé and his family for stealing her birthright, but gradually falls in love with him.
Like many anime and manga fans, I have a list of female characters I have a crush on. Not only are they beautiful beyond measure, but their personalities have a strong sense of charisma that is hard to come by. Eleonora Viltaria from Lord Marksman and the Vanadis is a strong warrior who is loyal and fearless. Masane Amaha from Witchblade is an impulsive yet kind-hearted woman who is constantly motivated by her love for her daughter. Akeno Himejima from Highschool DXD is an elegant and refined young woman who is also emotionally vulnerable and innocent at the same time. Rias Gremory from Highschool DXD is a young woman of noble birth who is loving, nurturing, and protective of those she cares about. Rushuna Tendo from Grenadier is a formidable gunslinger who is innocent yet innovative in combat situations. Yoruichi Shihouin from Bleach is a wise woman with a witty sense of humor and is a badass on the battlefield. Each of these female characters were easy to like and relate to. I am thinking of drawing inspiration from these characters’ physical appearances while creating the female leads of my third fantasy book, but their personalities will be different.
In various fantasy stories, there have been their own unique variant of robots and androids known as automatons. Unlike traditional robots, which were fueled by conventional technology, automatons were machines that were fueled and animated by magic. In this sense, automatons were a breed of magitek. I am thinking of introducing automatons in future fantasy stories.
I remember this scene from The Hangover where the characters wake up and find their hotel room destroyed and a tiger in their bathroom. In my third fantasy book, the main characters will have a similar experience with a potion they collectively drink. When they wake up the following morning, they find themselves unexpectedly transformed by the potion as well as having a big headache.
I have reached the fourth chapter of the second volume of The Kaligen Experiment. It will involve a baby dinosaur as well as a battle between dinosaurs. While all this is happening, the puny humans are ducking for cover like insects. It is going to be an exciting and engaging as it paves the way for the next stage of the plot.