Debate and political communication have always changed. In recent times we are faced with a transformation of language so that we can notice new recurring words in speeches. One of these recurring words or expressions is that which refers to “common sense”.
Following common sense requires being guided by something so obvious, because by definition it is right in fact, which does not require reflection. It is just right and natural to go in that direction.
Calling common sense into question also means not speaking, because the solution to the discussion can only be one, obviously the only good one.
Then common sense can also be redefined as nonsense, that is, a kind of non-Thought/thought about reality because the right is so obvious that thinking about it is superfluous.
Common sense is precisely this absence of thought, and the absence of critical thinking leaves ample room for a way of functioning of our mind that coexists with the logical mode of functioning.
We speak about the unconscious logic which has several unusual characteristics to be explored because it can help us to understand what ways our mind makes when we leave space for a non-thought.
Characteristics of unconscious thought (Symmetric Logic)
I have already talked about some features of unconscious thinking (for example in the article on quantum physics and the unconscious). I never talked about the feature that is called the Principle of Generalization. Let us see what it is.
Unconscious thought categorises the objects of reality according to sets.
The Father, for example, is a class within which a man can categorise his parent, but at the same time, he can categorise himself when arises the idea in his mind that will be a father one day.
The class “Father” assumes characteristics, and according to the unconscious thought, these characteristics can be transferred to all the elements belonging to that class and therefore to all the fathers of the world.
We can then observe how this characteristic of our unconscious mind is used and influences the perception of social reality.
The immigrant extra-community class can represent an unconscious class, a set, in people’s minds.
The immigrant extra-community class has characteristics: people from poor countries, skin colour, poverty, social integration difficulties.
You can listen absently to a story about an African immigrant who rapes a woman.
If you don’t process the news through thought, it is easily managed by the ample space left by the absence of critical thought, and this vast space is occupied by unconscious logic that treats the objects of reality through classes and sets.
The elements categorised in the same set assume the same characteristics for the unconscious logic.
Consequently, if a black immigrant raped a woman, all black immigrants belong to that group and assume the characteristics of one of its elements. As a result, all immigrants are rapists.
Thought and non-Thought
If you leave a vacancy for non-thought, you leave a vacancy for a logic that absurdly reads the social reality.
Unconscious logic is not able to read the complexity of social reality.
Moreover, the emotion is managed by the communication of the media and politicians who can build their political success by using common sense thanks to the help of trained consultants who are aware of people’s psychological mechanisms.
Emotional reading of society
“Absolute facts” do not exist, as I mentioned in this article, but we can certainly try instead to read the data that instead, even if they are dependent on perspectives, can give us a specified accuracy of reading the social reality.
To conclude and therefore to give data about the topic violence on women it is interesting to take note of the data of the istat:
[In Italy] Partners exercise the most severe forms of violence, relatives or friends. The rapes were committed in 62.7% of cases by partners, in 3.6% by relatives and 9.4% by friends. (Istat.it – Violence against women).
This data, although not exhaustive, tells us that it is necessary to use rigorous reading tools (statistical, psycho-sociological surveys). The more we leave a vacancy for non-thought, the closer we get to comprehension influenced by psychological mechanisms that distance us from social reality. The danger is to get closer to an emotional reality highly influenced by the political and journalistic narrative.