Being born the curious type, from the beginning, I have questioned everything much to the chagrin of many around me. At this point, nothing has changed but an increased ability to apply critical thinking, though “Why” has been a key and hard question from the beginning.
Analyzing assumptions are both critical to understanding biases and to evolving personally and spiritually. While my personal studies in propaganda have allowed me to see clearly that everyone is affected by propaganda, how it works from a marketing propaganda viewpoint, and the psychology involved, it has not given me license to assume that I or any other educated person is not affected by its effects. In fact, I understand from Ellul’s Propaganda: The Formation of Men’s Attitudes (1965) that the educated are effected to a greater extent because they believe they can discern it more critically. So my assumptions are that I am affected by propaganda in every aspect of my life, be it academic, cultural, media, music, marketing, advertising, and even interpersonal. My assumptions of mainstream psychology, however, are not as colored in some ways and heavily in others, tempered by the fact that I seldom watch television news propaganda programming and don’t read mainstream media, but realize that psychology is key to all aspects of propaganda that is successful (see my comment above about being affected by propaganda).