What does a violent guy have on his head?
What psychological analysis can be done of a person who throws stones at the bus that transports the rival team?
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Many asked me, after the failed Copa Libertadores Superfinal, “What do these guys have in their heads?” “These guys need a psychologist!”What psychological analysis can be done of a person who throws stones at the bus that transports the rival team? It is not an easy question to answer, because the answer is complex. That is, it involves many factors.We have heard explanations and theories of the most diverse: that we are misfits, that we are a country of crap, that it was just a small group, that in Europe these things do not happen (the Paris incidents of yellow vests, protesting the fuel surge and several viral videos of fans of the Liverpool stoning the Manchester City micro prove that violence is not Argentine heritage), which was a liberated zone, which was Boca's strategy to claim revenge from disqualification in 2015, that social inequality generates violence, which were fans of Boca infiltrados, which is a political move by Macri and Angelici, that were riots generated to justify on the eve of the G20 more police intervention on the street and more repression... How difficult to know the truth, however complex it may be, in the post-truth era!From a strictly psychological angle we can say some basic things: we know that a person does not act the same when he is in a group. His personality and ethical and moral values become blurred, adopting the designs of the mass. The football fan in the bar, usually has a binary and paranoid thought. Binary means that it only accepts two options (white/black, good/bad, them/us, friends/enemies). There are no nuances, there are no intermediate alternatives. Paranoid means he reads the world as a persecutory, hostile and threatening place. The other is the enemy. The world is divided into two: everything good is me, everything bad is the other, which threatens to attack me and whom I have to destroy in order to live without danger. The rival is not a neighbor, he's a pursuer. All this, moreover, is intensified by the passion for the team itself, which, as such, is gigantic, indescribable and above all other things. Like all passion, it's sacred. When someone tramples or damages something sacred to one, the reaction is massive. The question is: can this brief psychological analysis explain everything happened on Saturday 24/11? I don't think I don't. French psychoanalyst Françoise Dolto said that psychoanalysis is a call to the truth. As I said above, in post-truth times, any of the above-mentioned explanations could be true... or not. Maybe more than one is. There's no way to know. Depending on the news we see or the contacts we continue on social networks, we will see diametrically opposite realities that are presented as undisputed truths.But there is also a phenomenon that was already observed in the 1990s, when working in a public hospital in the Buenos Aires conurban, we saw with my colleagues: a deep deterioration of family networks (especially the figure of the father as a representative of legality and limits in a family, violated by a society that neither protects nor gives him work, but also of the mother as a breadwinner and restraint of the household) and a decline in institutions (health, education, security, justice, religion, culture, clubs). More than twenty years later, families and institutions are devastated.But there are two institutions in particular that are essential to be able to think about the particular moment we are experiencing: education and justice. Is the lack of education and civility of daily violence independent of the fall in the social fabric and the emptying of public education? Does the fact that both parents have to work away from home more than eight hours a day and children being raised locked up with screens does not influence anxiety and ability to tolerate frustration? But even worse I think it's the deterioration in justice. There is corruption in every country, but the level of manipulation of justice by the media and power in turn to the detriment of the weak and in favor of the one who has the most makes us think whether there is really justice in Argentina, and if there is it, if it is the same for all. The level of impunity is huge. So can we be so naive to think that it does not influence our subjective constitution, on the construction of our personality, raising ourselves from children with the idea that we do what we do, there are no consequences? If no one pays, everything goes unpunished? What leads a football fan to throw a stone, a government operator to generate riots, an infiltrator from Boca disguise as a river fan to attack a micro, a policeman who freed an area to allow such embarrassment, a directdo you play dirty football and play honest or a politician manipulate people's lives without regrets? Knowing he won't pay for what he did. Because in a country that leaves free people who committed crimes against humanity, as well as corrupt politicians and officials, the relationship between the cause and the consequence is altered and damaged. A tragedy like Cromañón's is not only possible by the sum of corruptions, lack of controls and exceptions. It is also possible because there was someone who thought he could set a flare on fire in a closed and crowded place and that nothing was going to happen. That's “endurance.” Like the barabrava. Don't you think it happens on every order of life? From the papelito lying on the street, the parking in double row, to the negligence of any person who provides a service (medical, sales or in a public office). We are losing little by little, due to the deterioration of justice in all orders, something beautiful that always characterized the ARGENTINE BEING: the gauchada. Solidarity. Hopefully we can one day regain this value little by little with the awareness of future generations. To this end, it is essential that the example goes down from above: an independent, balanced, agile, expeditive, fair, just and above all identical justice for all. A justice that is forging in our personality, in our way of thinking, the unequivocal and indisputable idea that if we are righteous and help each other, the world is a better place.