Critical Thinking: Do Some People’s Childhoods Set Them Up To Be Drawn To Politics?

It would be easy for someone to come to the conclusion that more people are into politics than ever before. One reason for this is that so much of what is spoken about on social media relates to this area.

If someone was to engage in black and white thinking, they could even believe that everyone is into this area. Yet if they were to use their ability to think, and didn’t get caught up in this type of faulty thinking, it would still be clear that this is an area that plenty of people pay attention to.

A Number of Options

And although some people will just share things online, there will be others that have gone even further. Some of these people will describe themselves as activists, meaning that they will spend a lot of their time attending different rallies, amongst others things.

For others, this will also include writing articles, making videos and giving talks. There will even be a small amount of people who are hoping to move up the ladder and to become politicians.

One Outlook

One way to look at the people that spend a fair amount of their time engaged in this area would be to say that they are simply people that care. Someone like this will have a clear sense that the world isn’t right and they will want to correct this.

According to this, the greater their interest, the greater their sense will be that something isn’t right. However, even if this is what is running through their conscious mind, it doesn’t mean that what is taking place in their unconscious mind is not playing a part in all this.

The Difference

When it comes to what is taking place at a deeper level, in their unconscious mind, this will relate to things that they are not aware of. Said another way, one can believe that they are doing something for one reason, but this could be nothing more than an illusion.

Behind the reason/s that they say they are doing something could be a number of other reasons, and these reasons might not have anything to do with the reason/s they are consciously aware of. One way for someone to find out why they are really drawn to this area would be to connect to themselves and to see what comes up.

Going Inside

This might not be as easy as it would be for them to go inside a house and to see what’s in there, though, as it could take a while for them to really tune into how they feel. One will be getting out of their head and going into their body; this is where they will be able to connect with their emotional reason/s for why they do what they do.

If one is carrying a lot of emotional pain and has disconnected from their body in order to protect themselves from this pain, it could take a while for them to reconnect to it. One thing they may need to do is to reach out for external support, so that they can work through this pain.

Worth the Effort

Meditating a few times a week can also help them to detach from their mind and to be more objective. Anyway, through engaging in this work, one can gradually find out if they are really aware of why they are drawn to this area.

If they were to find out that they are not doing it for the reason/s they thought they were, it will allow them to direct their time and energy towards the things that do matter to them. Still, it could be said it is unlikely that someone like this would take this route, due to the fact that they will probably be so caught up in what is taking place externally.

Totally Absorbed

Like someone who is eating their favourite food; they could be completely immersed in what is going on and have absolutely no desire to change. It is then not going to matter if they are unaware of the reason/s why they are behaving in this way.

What this shows is that one thing that the political realm will do for someone is to provide them with a distraction. Instead of having to focus on their own life and any challenges that they may have, they can focus on what is going on out there.


If they were to get in touch with how they feel, they could find that they feel powerless, helpless and worthless, and their life may lack meaning. But, by focusing on the problems of the world and receiving attention from others – that’s if they go into the political arena themselves – they can keep how they feel at bay, feel strong and powerful, receive approval, and experience meaning.

Thanks, in part, to the fact that there will be people who will give their power away to them, one can feel powerful by having power over others. And the further up they go, the more power they can have over the people that have renounced their own power.

Another Part

What this can also illustrate is that they lack boundaries, which is why they have no trouble telling others how to live their own life. Without a strong sense of where they begin and end, and where other people begin and end, walking over others can just feel normal.

For much of their own life, they may have had numerous people walk over them. Due to the profession that they are in, walking over others will just be part and parcel of their job.

One More

Even if one doesn’t want to get into politics and only follows what is going on, this can still take care of their adrenaline addiction. One can find that they only feel alive when their body is filled with adrenalin and, fortunately for them, there is always plenty of drama taking place in this domain.

Yet, if there is very little is going on, one will be able to count on the mainstream media to create something out of nothing. Thus, while a drug addict can go to their dealer to get a hit, one can simply watch TV or read a paper to get their hit.

Way Back

Regardless of what point above is looked at, what took place during their early years will have most likely played a part. If one is in a lot of pain and feels powerless, worthless and hopeless, for instance, this could show that they were neglected at this stage of their life.

As for not having boundaries, this may mean that they were brought up by at least one caregiver who walked over them. This would have prevented them from feeling safe in their own body and developing boundaries.

If they are hooked on adrenaline, there is the chance that this time in their life was very traumatic. Perhaps they lived in a very unstable environment where they had to walk on eggshells.


Taking this into account, it shows how someone’s early years can influence what they are drawn to as an adult. Instead acting like a conscious human being, they can end up replaying their early childhood dynamics.


The way for this to change, and for them to own their own inner wounds, will be for them to become aware of what they are doing. This might happen as time goes by; then again, due to how absorbing this area is it might not happen at all.