Mechanisms of Group-Mind differ significantly than individual Mind-at-Large in that no critical analysis function exists to differentiate truth from perception. Each normally functioning individual possesses an unconscious program which critically analyzes sensory experience for the purpose of determining perception of truth, known as Reference System. — Did experience “X” occur in reality or is experience “X” merely a powerful internal hallucination manifesting externally? Group-Mind, made up of illusory connections between Human Interface Systems (HIS), constitutes consensus of individual perceptions of reality. Those individuals whose representation of experience do not conform to Group Mind risk ostracism and in extreme circumstances isolation through confinement.
“… the difference between somebody who doesn’t know their hallucination is a hallucination and yourselves is only that you have developed some strategy by which you know what is shared reality and what is not.
There are only two distinctions between anybody … and an institutionalized schizophrenic: (1) whether you have a good reality strategy and you can make that distinction, and (2) whether the content of your hallucination is socially acceptable or not.
… most of us as children [learn] to talk about those parts of reality which are either socially acceptable hallucinations, or that other people are willing to see and hear and feel, too.”
~Bandler and Grinder
The significance of what Group-Mind believes acceptable behavior and acceptable belief structures defines sanity and how the individual is allowed to respond within culture. As norms shift, the individual is forced to conform or risk the label of insanity.