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Vainglorious: The Munchausen ComplexBy Richard L. Matteoli for Salem-News.com
Munchausen Syndrome in Collective Transmission extends Transgenerational abuses into a community, society, or culture.
(SAN ANDREAS, Calif.) - This report extends Munchausen Syndrome and Munchausen Syndrome by Proxy when harmful behaviors become part of the social fabric.
As socialized beings, we are usually unaware why we think what we think and why we do what we do. Exploring beneath the surface, we may discover we are not who we imagine we are. Are our subtle perversions and aberrations so different from those of the ancients, or other cultures we label primitive? Inferring atrocity to others is easier. By pointing fingers, we don’t have to look at ourselves.
Richard Dawkins introduced the meme which may be thought as a social gene. A meme is a psychological tool often used by humans to pass down cultural identity. Memes can include customs, language, music, dietary habits, catch phrases, fads, fashion, and humor. Social rituals create identification for group cohesion and transmitted to successive generations for cultural continuity.
Circumcision from Abraham is an example. Abraham initiated his tribal rite with self-circumcision. He passed it to the next generation by circumcising his children. He passed circumcision to his group, and cultural transmission was established when all people under Abraham’s rule, including slaves and servants, were cut.
Munchausen Syndrome (MS)
Munchausen Syndrome by Proxy (MSBP)
Munchausen Syndrome in Social Transference
MUNCHAUSEN SYNDROME IN SOCIAL TRANSFERENCE is the identity transference of the self into a social group that practices forms of Munchausen behavior.
Transgenerational Munchausen Syndrome
TRANSGENERATIONAL MUNCHAUSEN SYNDROME is generational abuse in family and social groups and a step toward acculturation.
Munchausen Syndrome in Collective Transmission
Actions become social mores. Mores are folkways accepted without question and embody the fundamental moral views of a group. They also give power to those who perform a social ritual.
Collective Munchausen often involves some sort of perceived physical beautification, or it can signify grieving. As with other forms of Munchausen, Collective Munchausen includes various kinds of wounding. The wounding is usually, though not always, performed by one member of the group onto another.
Besides the account of Abraham, another more recent example is that of Queen Victoria of England. She thought European royalty were descendants of the lost tribes of Israel. She initiated circumcision in the royal family and circumcision spread throughout English speaking countries.
MUNCHAUSEN SYNDROME IN COLLECTIVE TRANSMISSION is a delusional transmission of a pattern of destructive behavior, harmful ritual, condition, or simulation of disease taken to clinical significance whether to a person or another person or group of persons. The act involves the transference of an alleged identity into interpersonal, family, community, societal, or cultural relationships. The act often operates by deliberate transmission from one generation to subsequent generations of unresolved conflicts, dependencies, and aggressions onto a substitute body object of heirs.
Some forms of Munchausen Syndrome in Collective Transmission may be minor, but other forms can become severe. Examples of wounding for the social purpose include, but are not necessarily limited to: flagellation, piercing, tattooing, branding, scarification, oral modification, skeletal deformation, trepanation, finger amputation, amputation of the flesh, and genital play which includes circumcision.
Collective Munchausen in Social Agency
COLLECTIVE MUNCHAUSEN IN SOCIAL AGENCY is the agency relationship between the ‘principal’ who is the person with a primary legal agency, usually a parent or caregiver, and another person, the ‘agent,’ who accepts secondary agency, usually a doctor or shaman, that creates an act of abuse within social group behavior.
Munchausen Syndrome for Profit
By intentionally making their health worse, they could give the appearance of helplessness. This can gain sympathy of the populace and persuade the legal system to rule in their favor.
MUNCHAUSEN SYNDROME FOR PROFIT is the fabrication of disease or exacerbation of an existing medical condition by a person, often with a specialized agent as an attorney or special interest group, to gain sympathy from others and/or society for financial gain.
Collective Munchausen Syndrome for Profit
COLLECTIVE MUNCHAUSEN SYNDROME FOR PROFIT occurs in group activity, with the motive for profit that involves the abuse of another person.
Salem-News.com has published other articles on circumcision, you can view them at these links:
Jan-15-2008: Is Circumcision Another Form of Genital Mutilation?
Dec-07-2007: Oregon Courts Have No Right to Force Circumcision
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