Toxic Socialization

Toxic Socialization is used to refer to a socialization process that undermines human potential and disables the body's ability to Connect and contain higher levels of Consciousness. A toxic socialization process is a socialization process characterized by violence[1] neglect (of the Seven Essential Needs), chaos (in the home environment), and Indoctrination, all of which seriously damage the Physical Unit and Bodily Ego, and distort/destroy its healthy Attachments.

Related Terms

Toxic Socialization > Bodily Ego, Connection Blockage, Defence Mechanisms, Disconnection, Disjuncture, Healthy Socialization, Human Development, Misalignment, Regime of Accumulation, Toxic Burden

Syncretic Terms

Toxic Socialization > Poisonous Pedagogy

Elements of Toxic Socialization

Attachments, Chaos, Ideology, Indoctrination, Neglect, Primary Indoctrination, Violence


Dr. Daniel Gottlieb Moritz Schreber is a German physician who actually advocated a horrific form of Toxic Socialization. Mom Katya Degrieck[2] provides some interesting commentary, including the insight that the popularity of his methods likely contributed to the easy growth of fascism in pre-WWII Germany! If that is not an argument for the global abolition of all toxic socialization practices, I don't know what is.

Toxic socialization is encouraged in at least one passage in the Old Testament, Proverbs 23: 13-14

Martin Teicher provides a fascinating and compelling look at the neurological damage caused by violence and neglect in childhood.[3] His article is particularly interesting because he notes the damage is actually adaptive and "sculps" the brain to respond in ways that although they are toxic and antisocial, nevertheless are adaptive for the organism as a whole.

Oscar Ichazo notes that the bodily ego becomes distorted and sick as a consequence of toxic socialization. "A person retains the purity of essence for a short time. It is lost between four and six years of age when the child begins to imitate his parents, tell lies, and pretend. A contradiction developers between the inner feelings of the child and the outer social reality to which he must conform. Ego consciousness is the limited mode of awareness that develops as a result of the fall into society. Personality forms a defensive layer over the essence and the world. The ego feels the world as alien and dangerous because it constantly fails to satisfy the deeper needs of the self."[4]

In an interesting nineteen seventy-five, James Prescott published a study suggesting the link between childhood violence and neglect, and adulthood violence and war. In the conclusion, the author says, "The competitive ethic, which teaches children that they must advance at the expense of others, should be replaced by values of cooperation and a pursuit of excellence for its own sake. We must raise children to be emotionally capable of giving love and affection, rather than to exploit others."[5]

Toxic socialization stunts and damages the Physical Unit. It damages the Bodily Ego and causes

Toxic socialization disconnects. "The most important obstacle to that kind of openness is a history of traumatic experiences that lead to emotional and physical blockages, a kind of Reichian armoring that separates us from the rest of the world."[6]

Toxic socialization is required by The System, important for System Maintenance, actuated through indoctrination of an Old Energy Creation Template, and supported by Intergenerational Toxicity (a.k.a. toxic "traditions")

"Spare the rod and spoil the child" is an admonishment to expose children to violence, an admonishment to Toxic Socialization.

Toxic socialization is implemented in order to create a docile and compliant Physical Unit with low CQ, willing to fit into the accumulation machinery of this planet (Sosteric, 2016).

Abraham Maslow had a nascent sense of toxic socialization. He "generally ... believed that the social environment inhibits rather than facilitates Self-actualization, for example by frustrating the lower needs, encouraging defensiveness, or masking the real self with an idealized self."[7] Maslow felt that a "culture gone bad" suppressed "love, kindness, and tenderness" and inhibited authentic human actualization[8] He suggested the need to consider the development of a Eupsychia or a "psychologically healthy culture" that encourages full human development, in particular, the expression of higher human needs and values.[9]

Abraham Maslow distinguished between "coping," which is a response to toxic environments, and expression, which can occur only in positive environments.[10]

John Lennon wrote Working Class Hero which is a discussion of Toxic Socialization in the context of social class exploitation.

The song wage slaves is about breaking the shackles that hold workers down in a system that depends on the diminishment of people through manipulation and constant demeaning, to service the greed of by people in powerful positions. (VJB).

The toxic quality of western cultures is recognized by others. A Samoan chief, for example, writes that in Samoan culture, "grey hair comes very slowly, not in youth, as it comes to the white man.[11]

You need sleep to regenerate. A system that encourages work-aholism, 35+ hours, interferes with sleep

Madame Blavatsky of Theosophical fame recognizes that violence and harming against an individual has serious repercussions, not only for the individual but for all of society . "Therefore, we say, that unless every man is brought to understand and accept as an axiomatic truth that by wronging one man we wrong not only ourselves but the whole of humanity in the long run, no brotherly feelings such as preached by all the great Reformers, pre-eminently by Buddha and Jesus, are possible on earth."[12]

Further Reading

Neufeld, Gorden & Mate, Gabor (2013). Hold On to Your Kids: Why Parents Need to Matter More than Peers. Vintage Canada.

Sosteric, M. (2018). The damage we're doing to ourselves and our children. The Conversation. [1]

Sosteric, Mike (2012). The Emotional Abuse of Our Children. Teachers, Schools, and the Sanctioned Violence of our Modern Institutions. Socjourn' [2]


  1. The deleterious effects of violence and neglect in childhood are well established. For a summary, see Sosteric. “Toxic Socialization.” Socjourn, 2016.
  2. Degrieck, Katya. “Dr. Daniel Gottlieb Moritz Schreber Archives.” Motherhood (blog). Accessed May 7, 2019.
  3. Teicher, Martin. “Scars That Won’t Heal: The Neurobiology of Child Abuse.” Scientific American, 2002.
  4. Keen, Sam. “Breaking the Tyranny of the Ego.” In Interviews with Oscar Ichazo. New York: Arica Institute Press, 1982. p. 9
  5. Prescott, James W. “Body Pleasure and the Origins of Violence.” The Bulletin of The Atomic Scientists, 1975, 10–20.
  6. Laszlo, Ervin, Stanislav Grof, and Peter Russell. The Consciousness Revolution. Las Vegas: Elf Rock Productions, 1999.
  7. Daniels, M. “The Development of the Concept of Self-Actualization in the Writings of Abraham Maslow.” Current Psychological Perspectives 2 (1982): 71.
  8. Maslow, Abraham. “Eupsychia—The Good Society.” Journal of Humanistic Psychology 1, no. 2 (1961): p. 7.
  9. Maslow, Abraham. “Eupsychia—The Good Society.” Journal of Humanistic Psychology 1, no. 2 (1961): p. 1-2.
  10. Maslow.“The Expressive Component of Behavior.” Psychological Review 56, no. 5 (September 1949): 261–72.
  11. Mead, Margaret. Coming of Age in Samoa (Perennial Classics) (p. 46). William Morrow. Kindle Edition. "
  12. Blavatsky, H. P. The Key to Theosophy: A Clear Exposition Based on the Wisdom Religion of All Ages. Theosophical University Press, 1889.