Deepak Chopra on Palin

September 17, 2008 at 12:54 am (politics) (, , )

Having just turned off the TV because Dr. Phil was too busy calling Sarah Palin a “single mother” to check his facts (“Oh, sure, she has a husband now…”), I found it to be a delightful juxtaposition to stumble across a link to the following post on Chopra’s page:

She is the reverse of Barack Obama, in essence his shadow, deriding his idealism and turning negativity into a cause for pride. In psychological terms the shadow is that part of the psyche that hides out of sight, countering our aspirations, virtue, and vision with qualities we are ashamed to face: anger, fear, revenge, violence, selfishness, and suspicion of “the other.” For millions of Americans, Obama triggers those feelings, but they don’t want to express them. He is calling for us to reach for our higher selves, and frankly, that stirs up hidden reactions of an unsavory kind. (Just to be perfectly clear, I am not making a verbal play out of the fact that Sen. Obama is black. The shadow is a metaphor widely in use before his arrival on the scene.) I recognize that psychological analysis of politics is usually not welcome by the public, but I believe such a perspective can be helpful here to understand Palin’s message.

Click here for the full text. It’s intriguing to read about politics from that angle for once.


  1. Gala said,

    Holy Moses…
    I have read a few of Chopra’s books, and have always gotten something warm and positive out of them. He is a great man.
    However, I find this attack on Palin disturbing, as I would find an attack by him of anyone disturbing.
    I don’t get how he feels Palin triggers peoples feelings of fear, revenge, violence, anger. Obama triggers the opposite. Not buying it. How does Obama call for us to reach our higher selves?
    I don’t like the article at all. Chopra makes it a battle between Good/Evil. To top it off, let’s not forget Palin isn’t running for president. Why didn’t Chopra compare her to Biden?

  2. fyreflixie said,

    It’s because Palin is easier to contrast with Obama than Biden (it’s what so much of the media is doing). They’re both “celebrity” types — it seems like people either love them or hate them. They’re both pretty new to the national stage.

    I have to admit that reading your reaction makes me look at the article differently; originally I found it just REALLY interesting, now I find it vaguely disturbing.

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