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National mindset hard at work shaping country's future

JOINT research by sociologists, group analysts, and psychoanalysts working together has shown that, in the collective unconscious, there are constellations not unlike those in the individual unconscious.

Reactions in the Irish body politic to the recent recession are no exception. In the individual descent from elation to depression (bipolar disorder) one often gets the following series: self-reproach; exaggeration of the problems, which seem insuperable; grandiose or "megalomaniac" fantasies; active self-attack; and a deep, underlying hatred seeking targets. One doesn't have to look far to document these processes in the Irish body politic over the last two years.

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