Iran is socially engineering mass depression to suppress dissent

Atlantic Council

UANI Senior Advisor Saeid Golkar and UANI Director for IRGC Research Kasra Aarabi write: "However, while there has been a lot of global and domestic attention on the suppression of bodies and minds, another aspect of the regime’s efforts to control Iranian society has been completely overlooked: its manipulation of emotions. Emotion manipulation refers to the state’s concerted efforts to engineer the masses’ emotions to incapacitate potential upheaval or uprising, and to maintain the political status quo."