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The collective mental state examination as predictive tool for assessing unfavourable political outcomes


Bostock, WW, The collective mental state examination as predictive tool for assessing unfavourable political outcomes, European Journal of Humanities and Social Sciences, 1, (4) pp. 17-21. ISSN 2736-5522 (2021) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.24018/ejsocial.2021.1.4.56


he purpose of this article is to establish that the mental state examination, a fundamentally important part of individual psychiatric examination, also has a role to play in the diagnosis of situations that could have potentially harmful political outcomes for whole societies. This is because societies operate through a collective mental state which is in a state of constant variability and at times can present a situation of extreme vulnerability. Political leaders of an infinite range of intentions can work through the collective mental state to mine the bedrock of collective consciousness, where national identity resides, to produce outcomes that can hugely range from beneficial to disastrous.

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Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:collective mental state, identity, collective consciousness, mental state examination, mental state disorder
Research Division:Human Society
Research Group:Political science
Research Field:Australian government and politics
Objective Division:Law, Politics and Community Services
Objective Group:Other law, politics and community services
Objective Field:Other law, politics and community services not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Bostock, WW (Dr William Bostock)
ID Code:145530
Year Published:2021
Deposited By:Office of the School of Social Sciences
Deposited On:2021-07-26
Last Modified:2021-10-01
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