Psychologists Explain Why People Refuse to Question the Official Version of 9/11

911 disbeliefBy Alex Pietrowski

September 11th is the most polarizing event in modern world history. After looking at the aggregate of the accumulated facts and analysis that has emerged since the day itself in 2001, many people find it impossible to believe the official version of events, and since no serious government investigation is considering new evidence or professional analysis, people are left to decide for themselves if there is more to the story.

Due to the sheer volume of information that defies the government’s explanation of events, to believe the official story it now requires some sort of trick of the mind, or some sort of subconscious unwillingness to even entertain a contrary possibility. Regarding 9/11 truth, people will say the most absurdly illogical things, such as:

“I wouldn’t believe what you’re telling me, even if it were true.”
“I don’t need to look at the evidence.”
“I don’t want to know the truth, or I’d become too negative.”
“If that were true, someone would have leaked it by now.”
“That’s ridiculous, there is no way our government would harm us.”
“What makes you think we even deserve to know the truth?”

So, why is it that people have such a hard time even questioning the official version, and why is it difficult for them to even look at alternative information about the events of 9/11?

At this point we have nine years of hard scientific evidence that disproves the government theory about what happened on September 11th, and yet people continue to be either oblivious to the fact that this information exists, or completely resistant to looking at this information. So the question becomes, why? Why is it that people have so much trouble hearing this information?

From my work  I think we would be remiss not to look at the impact of trauma. – Marti Hopper, Ph.D.

Trauma Based Mind Control Works

Firstly, it is critical to bring attention to the severity of trauma incurred when witnessing and processing an event of this magnitude. The nation, and much of the world, is still suffering from mass, collective PTSD, and as time goes by, our exposure to more acts of terror only amplify our attempts to bury this trauma within the psyche.

The darker and more horrifying the affront to our humanity, the more effective we are at burying it. The shock and awe theory of consciousness.

Many people respond to these truths in a very deep way. Some have a visceral reaction, like they’ve been punched in the stomach. To begin to accept the possibility that the government was involved is like opening Pandora’s Box. If you open the lid and peek in a little bit, it’s going to challenge some of your fundamental beliefs about the world. – Robert Hopper, Ph.D., Clinical Psychologist

Protecting Worldview

Psychologists highlight how the human mind has a tendency to look out for its own security, protecting itself from ideas that challenge core beliefs. When your worldview comes into serious doubt, it can feel like everything is crashing down, and that you’re being thrown into the great wide open with no security. Much as the body shifts into fight or flight mode when danger is clear and present, so, too, the mind has tools of evasion from harm.

When we hear information that contradicts our worldview, social psychologists call the resulting insecurity, ‘cognitive dissonance.’ – Frances Shure, M.A.

The mind tries to survive by allowing conflicting information to exist simultaneously, unconsciously choosing to bury that which causes the most disruption to the comfort of held beliefs.

In the case of 9/11, and other events where the media plays a critical role in creating a narrative of what happened, one cognition is always the official narrative which typically supports presently held beliefs about society, and the other cognition can be based on fact and evidence, but since it challenges to undermine the safety of such illusions, it is thusly overridden.

9/11 truth challenges the beliefs that our country protects us and keeps up safe, and that America is the good guy. When your beliefs are challenged, fear and anxiety are created. In response to that, our psychological defenses kick in, and they protect us from these emotions. Denial, which is probably the most primitive psychological defense is the one most likely to kick in when our beliefs are challenged. – Robert Hopper, Ph.D

The result is disharmony, the collapse of a very important worldview and a source of psychological protection. What is left in its place is insecurity, vulnerability, and confusion, triggering a survival mechanism.

Cognitive-dissonanceFinal Thoughts

9/11 is a crime and a public trauma so grand, that for one to look deeply into it will require them to change or adjust at least some of their fundamental beliefs about the world. Cognitive dissonance, which can lead to the most bizarre reactions to controversially true information, is the mind’s way of hunkering down and weathering the storm in self-protection.

The terror associated with our unstoppable annihilation creates a subconscious conflict or anxiety called cognitive dissonance. We try to cope with having to accept two contrary ideas. – Gary Vey

This is why the 9/11 issue is so important in our collective awakening. It is so big, and so well-documented that it can lead to a complete reevaluation of our entire worldview and social systems, and a huge leap forward in consciousness and awareness.

If we can think of our world view as being sort of our mental and emotional home, I think all of us would do just about anything to defend our homes, defend our families… – Dorothy Loring, M.A., Counseling Psychologist

Take a look at the following presentation looking at why our minds tend to shut down when confronted with the alternate view of 9/11:

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Alex Pietrowski is an artist and writer concerned with preserving good health and the basic freedom to enjoy a healthy lifestyle. He is a staff writer for WakingTimes.com and Offgrid Outpost, a provider of storable food and emergency kits. Alex is an avid student of Yoga and life.

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31 Comments on "Psychologists Explain Why People Refuse to Question the Official Version of 9/11"

  1. The truth is like poetry; no one likes it…

    • William Burke | July 1, 2016 at 12:27 pm | Reply

      That’s beautiful! Thanks.

    • Except when it’s their own.

    • Brett, I’ve been pondering your statement for a few days now, trying to figure out why it’s so true, and I think it’s because poetry forces your mind into the mind of the person who wrote it because you have to follow along in their cadence and meter. And sometimes, depending on the poem, it’s not all that pleasant. A very synchronistic statement to go along with this article. Thanks for the brain twister!

      • Thanks, OldeSoul. Your take on it is exactly what ‘felt’. You are a wise person. I wish I could put my feelings into words like that! Cheers…

  2. Not a chance, I refuse to accept all this fancy “Professional Psycho Babble” that attempts to excuse a fully-functioning adult for willfully choosing to be delusional and not accept a hard truth. The innocent Americans who died at the government’s hand deserve no less than our full and complete awareness. Anything less is an act of cowardice.

    • Richard Arlen | July 1, 2016 at 9:27 am | Reply

      ABSOLUTELY CORRECT.AND I WOULD ADD THAT HUMANITY IS A FAILUREJUST LOOK IN THE REAR VEIW MIRROR AN D SEE ITS A PLAIN AS CAN BE.NO WHERE IN HISTORY [NOT THE GARBAGE WRITTEN BY THE ZIOJEW REVISIONISTS]] IS THERE ANY EVIDENCE OF MANS GREATABILITY TO STAND BY HIMSELF AND NOT IN A GROUP WERE THE TYRANTS MAKE THE DECISIONS FOR US.WERE ARE MEAR RATS IN A WHEEL RUNNUNG AWY FROM REALLITY!!

  3. Delusionalmyass | July 1, 2016 at 12:55 am | Reply

    911 was just a warm-up compared with the truth we currently face regarding deceit and corruption in our government. If the current administration is successful millions of innocent, trusting American lives will be snuffed out in order for a satanic, greed which feels the globe needs cleansing become the ruling power.. As with 911 many refuse to look at the truth and the problem with that is that it makes it so much easier for their evil plans to succeed. I think the rest of the world would be on our side and help us to prevent this from happening, but to do so requires we look, work together and put some REAL effort into taking responsibility for our lives.

  4. We take exception that the refusal to accept the truth is a ‘self protective’ mechanism. It is rather a self destructive mechanism, both for the individual and mankind. The truth shall set you free.

  5. I guess it didn’t take on me. 911 was put together by the sauds and the zioinsts scum who own the unfederal b.s. bank of the Usurped States.
    Just ask Larry ‘pullit’ Silverstein (silverStane).

  6. 9/11: Explosive Evidence, is well done and worth watching in it’s entirety.
    I found the chapter presented above to be marginally helpful in trying to understand the initial denial of the 9/11 truth by the people in my life- but I’m at a loss as to how they can maintain their willful ignorance over all these years.
    How long, and how much evidence, does it take to work through the psychological excuses for blindness?

  7. There is also a psychological effect by being aware of the truth. Not only with 911 but many other historical events. Once you know you’ve been lied to, and you don’t use psychological methods to suppress this realization, you will become skeptical and you will require much more proof before you believe what the government (through corporate owned media) is telling us. We have to try and bring people to this state of mind. Real freedom depends on it.

  8. This phenomena of cognitive dissonance, is also what keeps people from thinking logically about The Three Magic Questions. FINALLY, after over TWO YEARS of my almost daily discussion of them, a guy admitted that he was “beginning to warm up to them”! And what are TTMQ? What is the EXACT AMOUNT of fraud that ANY man or woman has the right to commit? What is the EXACT AMOUNT of fraud that ANY man or woman has an actual obligation to endure? What is the BASIC PREMISE that is being operated off of, in the instant case?

    To take an honest look at those questions, and give out real answers to them, would mean that some sacred cows might have to be examined more closely than is comfortable. One moron, instead of answering them, said that since fraud was everywhere, and you couldn’t avoid it, you just had to learn to live with it! Like I said, a moron.
    There is no religion, political system, form of government or monetary system that does not rely heavily upon fraud of some sort. The legal system is one huge fraud too! Prove that it is not!

    • gifteconomy | July 2, 2016 at 6:57 am | Reply

      Only a GIFT Economy could kill the profit in our relations, clean our thoughts and heal the society!
      FREE WATER, FREE SPACE, FREE FRUIT… = no profit = all for FREE to all 7 billion people through a consensus = working out of passion for FREE = turning our planet into a FREE garden that is paradise
      Please, start planting FREE-WIKI-TREES, WIKI-VEGIS… share & gift – create FREE services.. and kill their satanic economic system that works against most of us !

      • Yeah, well your Utopian (means “nowhere”) Ideal will never come about until everybody agrees, 100%, to be totally without any ambitions at all. And if there are no ambitions in anyone, then we will all starve to death because no one will want to survive, let alone thrive.
        Why don’t you live and lead by your own example, and give every last thing you own away to someone else? If giving is so great, then show us how it’s done!
        It is in our nature to want to keep what we have earned through our thoughts and labors. It is our RIGHT to do so! It is NOT our right to rob other people of what THEY have earned! The right to steal even one penny from me is the exact same right needed to steal EVERY penny from me. Is that really so hard to understand? Or was your comment a clumsy attempt at some kind of sarcasm?

        • Working for FREE out of passion means : working out of love with maximum of ambition ! Scientists like Nikola Tesla, Einstein, leonardo da Vinci… worked all for FREE before they have become known.
          Here and now – I gave you the solution for healing the entire society – I wrote it out of passion & love. If it is not enough, voilà the secret of FREE physical, mental and even genetic health – GO RAW VEGAN ( I stopped my polyarthrits, healed pre-diabetes and I don’t need any glasses any more).
          You have to leave this Earth and you can not take nothing from here to the other side (light-side after death) except your own soul. So, try to spread light and colect friendship, mercy, goodness…
          I don’t uinderstand your reflexion on stealing. There are people who already work for FREE to you – WIKIPEDIA gives you FREE informatuons, LINUX gives you FREE softwares, I gave you two FREE gifts … enjoy, and try to gift, too !

          • Tesla never worked at ANY job for free!  But he apparently felt that his ideas needed to only supply him with enough money to finance his NEXT idea or invention.  He was not blinded with a lust for money, to have more than God, over his desires to just create and create and create some more inventions!  He KNEW that his ideas and inventions would live on for far longer than his body ever could, and he was perfectly OK with that.  Einstein worked for free?  Where and at what time?  Da Vinci was paid quite well in his time for the things that he came up with, so at least please try to study some history for a change, instead of dreaming up some idiotic socialistic/communistic pablum.  PLEASE!!  What you propose is no solution at all, because it just will not work!!  Unless you have some kind of way to go into everybody’s mental make up and change it all around to something that Karl Marx would be proud of!  What “other side” are you talking about here?  Have you ever been there before?  Can you show me your souvenir T-shirt, coffee mug or key fob  from your visit to prove it?  I gift things to people all of the time, but very few are able to accept them.  My gifts of knowledge to others mostly fall on deaf ears.  Over the last 25 years at the least, I have written many papers, given my analysis of situations, spoken to people in an effort to educate them.  And I’ve never asked for and no one has ever given me even one thin dime for ANY of it!!  How much more do you think I should give, my last drop of blood?
            Randy

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  9. not cost anything to do
    most basic question “two plus two” and not even know the wisest government.
    If we talk about why only four aircraft we see two?
    I do not want to be the team of idiots

  10. yup it’s all about mindcontrol, narrative and belief. It’s pointless to argue facts. People saw WTC7 fall in controlled demo fashion and are still arguing that it was due to fires or ignoring it completely. We live in a movie theater, that’s why they didnt need to do a subtle job at propaganda.

  11. Blows my mind how Blatantly our government lies about 9/11 specially people like Cherdoff he is so dumb with his lies to questions about 9/11 like 2 plans took down 3 building

  12. The whole US government from top to bottom is corrupt which also includes the MSM and now the hardest part is to sort out the truth from the lies as black becomes white and visa versa. The US has become the worlds largest war machine in the name of protecting Americans from invaders and yet they have invaded more countries with their ever friendly allies with the great reason of using the humanitarian spin. You have to have learned nothing at school if you still believe that 19 Arabs caused 911 and if you look at all the plane crashes lately they all fall apart as soon as they hit the ground and yet we are expected to believe that 2 lost themselves into 2 buildings and 3 buildings fell down from Kerosene fuel explosion. Yeah right.

    • In 1976, a group of military captains and officers about to become captains or colonels were sat down and talked to seriously by higher ranking officers. The Viet Nam conflict was over, and the US military was embarking upon its next 30 years of endeavors. As was so remarkably set forth by Ralph Nader in the 1980’s, these officers were literally told that if they were in the military because of their foolish and immature notions that they were protecting America, they needed to get out. They were told that the US military existed to protect the global corporations that would rule the world. “We are the private body guard of the Elite and the corporations they own”. Just look back and see how true.

  13. Leaders cope with the wars they gain from regardless of morality. The rest collectively follow behind glad they were on the winning end of the stick…

  14. Well said, and an excellent revisiting of the literature on trauma based mind control that exploded out of the work of the Nazi’s during the 1930-1950 time frame. In fact, the US borrowed the top Nazi’s doing that work and set up trauma based mind control at US military bases (Colorado and New Mexico) in 1952. Denial, cognitive dissonance, intermittent programming (Pavlov), the official party line repetition via mainstream media. It’s operating throughout the US, and it is next to impossible to find an open mind in the US today. The programming runs throughout the 1950-1980 time frame in the US including the use of flickering lights and embedded messaging at levels 99% of humans can not decipher consciously. Once America’s Elite decided that a dumbed down population was better than an educated population, the die was cast and it’s so easy to see how it has been done. The Heglian dialectic lies behind the use of horror to force adherence to the official view. The complete absence of proof and the biggest lies are just accepted and absorbed by the 99%. I applaud the architects of the mind control, but I have to ask —DO YOU REALLY WANT TO LIVE IN A WORLD WITH SO MANY ZOMBIES?

  15. Bush Family, Carmichael Group, and all of the war profiteers who have been forced to change their corporate names 4-5 times since the “Gulf War”. The international intelligence agencies are right in there for their share of the money and power. They just laugh at everyone else too dumb to see the obvious (they are hiding in plain sight) or speak out.

  16. America’s intelligence agencies laid out the 911 attacks years beforehand, such as in the 1998 “Enemy Of The State”. I can provide three of the residential addresses from which scenes in that film were drawn. One address (“Woodlawn”) is the title of a recent Jon Voight film. In the first film, his NSA character was born on September 11th.

  17. I don’t think most people consider Truth an intrinsic value and they see no benefit and significant risk in pursuing it when events like this occur. Actually, at this point, truth about 9/11 might be a very bad thing. What would happen? The world would turn on us, not just the neocon scum responsible, but ALL OF US. The UN would basically usurp our sovereignty and we would be treated like Germany post ww2. We would go down in history as case studies in evil and stupidity. Part of me wonders if this outcome has been the end game

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