On November 29, while speaking about flag-burning on MSNBC’s Hardball, former U.S. representative Barney Frank said the late Justice Antonin Scalia was “the leading advocate of fag-burning.” The interviewer, Chris Matthews, reacted to the hideous expression with amusement.
Mr. Frank’s image of Scalia as fag-burner dramatically illustrates what psychologists call a relational frame. His absurd and abusive statement is evidence that he is cognitively fused to a relational frame that is contextually functional for him.
For years, left-wing ideologues like Frank have sounded mentally ill, in part because of their outlandish vilification of people they disagree with. The left wing no longer bothers to speak of rulings, writings, or positions. Rather, leftists relate people they disagree with to racism, sexism, and other phobias. Clinically, this can be understood, through Relational Frame Theory (RFT), as mental fusions with hateful relational frames. – READ MORE