Scientist Makes Unfounded COVID-19 Claims of ‘Mass Formation Psychosis’

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On a podcast with Joe Rogan, a scientist coined “mass formation psychosis”. 
Dr. Robert Malone stated that millions of people were “hypnotized”, believing COVID-19 facts.
According to psychology experts, Malone’s claims have no merit according to the Associated Press. 

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A scientist who promoted anti-vaccine conspiracies said that COVID-19 measures, such as vaccination and mask wearing, were attributed to his cooperation during a December 31 Joe Rogan Show podcast. 

Dr. Robert Malone, an ex-researcher in mRNA technology and a critic of COVID-19 vaccines, stated that mass psychosis has resulted in a “third” of the population believing established facts about COVID-19. 

YouTube has since removed the segment. Twitter also removed Malone’s account from the platform for spreading vaccine lies.

GOP Rep. Troy Nehls however, entered a complete transcript of the podcast into congressional record. 

Malone stated that this “psychosis” is the reason people follow Dr. Anthony Fauci’s public health advice or get vaccinated. 

“When you have a society where people are disconnected from each other, and have free-floating anxiety in the sense that things don’t make sense to us, we can’t understand them, and then their attention becomes focused by a leader (or series of events) on one small point, just hypnosis is, they literally become hypnotized, and can be led anywhere,” Malone explained, adding that this was also a phenomenon in Nazi Germany. 

However, psychologists told the Associated Press that there is no evidence to support Malone’s claims. The American Psychological Association’s Dictionary of Psychology does not include the term “mass formation psychosis”.

Jay Van Bavel, an assistant professor in psychology and neural science at New York University, told the. 

Stephen Reicher, a professor of psychology at the University of St. Andrews in England, stated that the concept does not have academic credibility.

Also in the UK, John Drury, a social psychologist at the University of Sussex told the the idea of “mass formation psychosis” is similar to “mob mentality” or the idea that people in a group will lose self-control and their identities – concepts he said have been discredited by decades of research. 

Drury stated, “No respectable psychologist will agree with these ideas now.”

PolitiFact reported Malone had previously claimed he’d received two doses Moderna’s vaccine, but claimed that the jabs extended symptoms he had from a COVID-19 previous infection.  

Experts are concerned by Malone’s antivax claims. PolitiFact learned that Malone is a scientist and has spread COVID-19 misinformation. This comes despite the fact that several public figures, including Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, have been spreading it. 

PolitiFact was told by Dr. Paul Offit that he is a legitimate scientist or at least was before he made these false claims.

Insider was not able to reach Malone for comment. 


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