Abracadabraism™: Not Exactly Lying


Diane Perlman | Medium – TRANSCEND Media Service

“There’s no way we lost Georgia. It’s a rigged election.”
“You win in landslide and they steal it and it’s rigged.”
“They threw ballots from the military into the river with my name on it.”
— Donald Trump, Rally in Georgia, January 4, 2021


I used to wonder whether Trump actually believed his own lies, calculated at over 30,000. He seems so convinced of their truth when effectively persuading his base. People constantly call Trump a liar. I think he was doing something different from lying. I call it Abracadabraism™, a phenomenon I diagnosed years before January 6.

“Abracadabra,” the magicians’ incantation, is derived from Aramaic and/or Hebrew. “Abra” means “I will create.” “C’dabra” means “as I speak,” as in “God said, ‘Let there be light! And there was light.’” (Genesis 1:3). I think Trump endeavors to create reality with his words.

This diagnosis clicked for me when Billy Bush, who exposed Trump’s Access Hollywood tape vulgarities, accused Trump of inflating his ratings. Bush claimed that Trump said,[i] People will just believe you. You just tell them and they believe you.” 

Types of Lies

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Diane Perlman, PhD   is a clinical and political psychologist, devoted to applying knowledge from psychology, conflict studies and social sciences to designing strategies and policies to reverse nuclear proliferation, to drastically reduce terrorism, reduce enmity, and to raise consciousness about nonviolent strategies for tension reduction and conflict transformation. She is a visiting scholar at the School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution at George Mason University, is active in Psychologists for Social Responsibility, the TRANSCEND Network for Peace Development Environment, and on the Global Council of Abolition 2000. Some of her writings can be found on her websites, www.consciouspolitics.org  and  www.SanityandSurvival.com. Email: dianeperlman@gmail.com.

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