While researching on population dynamics and some themes on group-think, I came across some of the works of David Smail. He makes interesting observations about the reasons that people believe, the nature of psychological distress, and the value of therapy (among other things).
Each of us is…surrounded by a…’power horizon’ beyond which it is impossible to ‘see’. The radius of this horizon will…differ between individuals according to the availability to them of power. In a general sense, the better educated and well connected [sic] will have ‘longer’ power horizons compared to less advantaged people. Despite obvious benefits of class, however, the majority of us probably find ourselves in boats more similar than different – hence the ability of higher-order power to manipulate entire populations in terms of their understanding of how the world works. 1 2