Following up on recent posts by our resident psychiatric adviser Dr. Billy the Dog McGraw and by Tony, et al, I came to the conclusion that there is a definite correlation between what the aaa, the discontented fans and the media seem to be suffering.
As an actual certified psychologist, I know that there are two forces at work in the self-deception, lemming-like shared mindset and unquestioning convictions that these unfortunate sheep have in common.
The first one is what is termed cognitive dissonance. The APA defines it as; ¨psychological conflict resulting from incongruous beliefs and attitudes held simultaneously¨.
Basically it refers to, in the anti-Arsenal circle, as the inability to rationally accord their ¨support¨ of their team with their dislike of the current manager and the Board, as well as the owner and even some players.
Despite their continuous denial that supporting their Club has nothing to do with supporting the manager or the other elements, at a subconscious level (and likely at a conscious level) they know that such vitriolic hatred is in direct conflict with their club loyalty and that this conflict puts them in a classic approach-avoidance dilemma. They want to be fans of the Arsenal but do not want to be in a Club that supports this manager etc.
The second element is the coercive persuasion the media, and the aaa blogettas and websites try to exercise over the less intelligent fans, who are so easily manipulated by these forces that they will begin to take fiction for fact and ignore the clear evidence that refutes the media, aaa and blogetta’s invented crisis stories and rants. I use the phrase coercive persuasion rather than brainwashing, since research has shown that brainwashing does not work, has never been a significant factor in altering people’s perceptions or behaviour and, like neuro-linguistic programming, has been thoroughly discredited as a psychological theory.
How are these two phenomena tied together and what effect do they have in combination?
Looking at a typical aaa disciple, we see that they eschew rational and fact-inspired dialogue, preferring to ¨argue¨ about their view of the Arsenal based on ubiquitous generalizations, unsupported innuendo and media inspired fabrications, often in a very aggressive and demeaning manner.
There is genuine anger and angst expressed and a profound incredulity about how ¨anyone with eyes can see the obvious¨. This anger and angst usually derives from the cognitive dissonance they feel because their views are isolated, untenable and counter-intuitive, yet having so heavily invested in this worldview, they find themselves unable to alter their opinions.
They are ¨encouraged¨ in this worldview by a generally critical media meme that constantly repeats the same general theme: Wenger is a fool (or worse), Arsenal are being mismanaged, Kroenke is hoarding his wealth and skimming from the top, the Board are complicit in all of this and the Club underachieves compared to where it ¨should¨ be.
I would admit that UA seem to be fixated on this minority and spend, in my view, an inordinate amount of time and effort trying to debunk their pessimistic and often irrelevant views of the Arsenal, but since the squeaky wheel often gets the grease, perhaps UA’s efforts can be justified. IMHO we would be better off taking a more positive tact and discussing the reality of our EPL and Cup adventures, the worldwide corruption ingrained in FIFA and EUFA’s management AND the very real dissonance we see between what the PIGMOB does and what the LAWS require.
It is my personal opinion(and based on empirical observations) that some of these miscreants come on UA with a coordinated agenda to bait our more rational readers and to transmit the media’s twisted message, in the hopes that eventually they will throw enough feces at the wall that is UA, some of it might stick. The proof of the pudding is that they don’t start their mud-slinging until AFC lose or draw and when challenged to back up their claims by writing an article or at least offer factual evidence, they disappear like snow in the tropics.
So there we have it……..one has only to read the latest media reports of AFC’s CL game in Paris, to see the spin much of the media has put on a difficult away result. One has only to read the posts now showing up on UA and other more anti-Wenger websites about what a mess the Club is in because of Wenger, the Board, the owner etc.
It is not simply a glass half empty attitude versus a glass half-full, It is truly a seriously manipulated and irrational worldview that taints these people’s attitude towards the Arsenal and all things associated with our Club.
- Rubbish keeper, wrong selection, hopeless tactics. Oh look we drew.
- PSG v Arsenal. The teams, the tactical options, and the loss of Ibrahimovic
- When Arsenal moved into the Ems things weren’t perfect but WHU seem to have much bigger problems
An event to remember
- 14 September 2009: Eduardo’s two match ban for “deceiving the referee” was annulled after it was not established that the referee had been deceived. The precedent of challenging, changing and then un-changing the referee’s decision was set.