„These cases are all psychological manipulation under the guise of assistance. They sell false hope. That's a very powerful product when you’re a person that's desperate.“

—  Bob Nygaard, Psychic Freed in Florida Caught Chasing Seattle Spirits https://web.archive.org/web/20180224064019/https://www.newsmax.com/TheWire/psychic-florida-chasing-spirits/2017/11/02/id/823719, newsmax.com (2 November 2017)
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„War is very uncertain in its results, and often when affairs look most desperate they suddenly assume a more hopeful state.“

—  George Meade Union Army general 1815 - 1872
Letter to his wife Margaretta (11 June 1863); published in The Life and Letters of George Gordon Meade (1913)

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„For he considered that, in many cases, but especially in war, mere appearances have had all the effect of realities; and that a person, under a firm persuasion that he can command resources, virtually has them; that very prospect inspiring him with hope and boldness in his exertions.“

—  Livy Roman historian -59 - 17 avant J.-C.
Book XXXIV, sec. 12 http://books.google.com/books?id=5f08AAAAYAAJ&q="For+he+considered+that+in+many+cases+but+especially+in+war+mere+appearances+have+had+all+the+effect+of+realities+and+that+a+person+under+a+firm+persuasion+that+he+can+command+resources+virtually+has+them+that+very+prospect+inspiring+him+with+hope+and+boldness+in+his+exertions"&pg=PA443#v=onepage

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„When people learn no tools of judgment and merely follow their hopes, the seeds of political manipulation are sown.“

—  Stephen Jay Gould American evolutionary biologist 1941 - 2002
Context: [A]s we discern a fine line between crank and genius, so also (and unfortunately) we must acknowledge an equally graded trajectory from crank to demagogue. When people learn no tools of judgment and merely follow their hopes, the seeds of political manipulation are sown. "The Quack Detector", p. 245

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„The striving for significance, this sense of yearning, always points out to us that all psychological phenomena contain a movement that starts from a feeling of inferiority and reach upward. The theory of Individual Psychology of psychological compensation states that the stronger the feeling of inferiority, the higher the goal for personal power.“

—  Alfred Adler Medical Doctor, Psychologist, Psychiatrist, Psychotherapist, Personality Theorist 1870 - 1937
From a new translation of "Progress in Individual Psychology" ("Fortschritte der Individualpsychologie", 1923), a journal article by Alfred Adler, in the AAISF/ATP Archives.

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