Saturday, September 18, 2021

Munchausen Syndrome by Proxy

 It's a great question to ponder on a Saturday morning.  If you've heard of Munchausen by Proxy, you know that it is a mental issue that causes cargiers to hurt those under their care.  It's a horrible practice.

But suppose, just suppose, that some folks are practicing Munchausen's by Proxy on a societal scale.  That might explain a lot of what we have seen in the last 18 months.

The literature on Munchausen by Proxy Syndrome states that the condition is most often discovered in people responsible for family members (or sometimes pets).

But what if it were to affect individuals responsible for large numbers of people? What if it were to affect “experts” responsible for policies to protect the public from disasters, pandemics, and the like?

I started asking this question because of something I’ve noticed when I watch “experts” on television talk about disasters.

The author linked above makes an interesting argument.   The "experts" have certainly gained a lot of attention and notoriety for themselves.  Who knew who Anthony Fauci was, two years ago.  Not many of us.

My counter to her argument is that if the "experts" are exhibiting something like Munchausens by Proxy, than many of the afflicted, who blindly follow their advise, may also be exhibiting symptoms of Stockholm Syndrome.  We have to be careful.


Jonathan H said...

It makes all too much sense .. many medical personnel have adopted the attitude of liberals that more control and influence is always better.

Dave O. said...

OK, this all sounds a little damning. Seems like Saint Anthony’s canonization ceremony may be delayed.