In Wetumpka, AL.

The Wayback Machine will show this site is a 13 year investigation of Subliminal Distraction.

If you wish to help in this project, send the Home page URL to your email list and encourage everyone to do the same.

Preventing Subliminal Distraction episodes, mistaken for mental illness, is simple and free.

Copyright 2003 Edit January 30, 2015

Copyright    Contact page    Demonstration of subliminal sight





Stories of spontaneous remission of insanity (no drugs or treatment) say Subliminal Distraction filled madhouses 400 years ago in London.

Where are those remissions today? Mental illness has not changed.

They are being covered up by immediate treatment then claimed as efficacy for drugs that failed in testing.

When psychotropic drugs fail double blind scientific testing, case evidence that they do work cannot exist.

Psychiatrists are making the same mistake testing is intended to prevent, drug bias.


This site evaluates a little known problem engineers discovered in 1964 as the cause of college suicides.

The site is written for the general public. An advanced degree in psychology is not necessary.

The Wayback Machine verifies that this is a 13 year investigation of Subliminal Distraction begun in October 2002.


Kelly Nash found drowned   Tara Grinstead is still missing

       College Suicides     Amanda Bynes/Taylor Swift

Ferguson  Michael Brown              Bullying and Child Suicides From Bullying


These three pages have short texts with links to explanation, and example pages.

Depression                       Bipolar Disorder                            PTSD


Site subjects with page links. Table of contents bottom of this page

Skeptical? perform the demonstration of subliminal sight. Here

You will witness movement in peripheral vision vanish while you observe it.

That's how exposure begins subliminally and is UNDETECTABLE.



Subliminal Distraction

If you have a computer at home or a child in school, college, you should have this information to take simple free precautions to avoid it.

This site argues that Subliminal Distraction exposure, happening when students make the "mental break causing design mistake" engineers discovered in 1964, where they study or use a computer, is the long sought cause of college suicides.


The problem explained is not a theory but a known problem in design for fifty years.


Businesses such as Herman Miller, Steelcase, Knoll, and Haworth have sold cubicles and designed 'open plan' offices using "Systems Furniture" for fifty years to prevent this believed-harmless episode of psychotic-like confusion.


The entire mental health services establishment is unaware it exists.



Scroll, read to bottom of page for beginning links.




When my wife had a psychotic break after her office was changed eliminating Cubicle Level Protection,

 I learned a simple problem of human physiology discovered to cause believed-harmless temporary mental breaks for knowledge workers

 in too-crowded office situations is unknown in mental health services.


I had known of it since I was a 22 year old engineering student in 1966. But I had never seen it happen before.

In nine years sending emails and letters I found a single doctor who said he had seen the episodes from offices while in residency.

No one screens for this problem before beginning treatment for believed mental illness.


The phenomenon arises from the long-term suppression of the vision startle reflex in a location where there is repeating detectable movement in peripheral vision so the subject's brain continues to attempt, but fails to execute, cannot complete, the consciously blocked  reflex.


The unrealized subliminal appreciation of threat from the failed attempts to startle will, with long hours of exposure, color thought and reason with fear, panic, paranoia, anxiety, and depression.


Key to understanding it is that engineers did not cause the problem in 1964, they created the "special circumstances" which revealed the problem existed.   Believed to be a harmless temporary episode that happens only in incorrectly designed large, high traffic, offices,    as a normal feature in everyone's physiology of sight it has always happened anytime and any where someone created the same "special circumstances" and exposure lasted long enough to cause psychiatric symptoms, which are mistaken for mental illness.


Spontaneous remissions of insanity in 17th and 18th century London suggest this phenomenon filled madhouses.


The engineers, designers, and human factor scientists who found and solved the problem did not understand what they had found.

This process is explained in first semester psychology under the physiology of sight, subliminal sight and peripheral vision reflexes as a visual subliminal distraction. The engineering design problem takes the same name, Subliminal Distraction.


The most difficult to understand and accept feature of exposure for most to grasp is that because our brain deals with the vision startle reflex subliminally, exposure is UNDETECTIBLE.    Exposure can be said to happen in the brain below though, reason, and consciousness.


A Subliminal Distraction episode will spontaneously remit with no treatment or after effects if exposure is discovered and stopped.   There is no treatment possible.   Attempts  to use psychotropic drugs cannot possibly effect the episode and will only cause side effects which will be taken as evidence of advancing mental illness.


If someone's exposure stops while they are under treatment so psychosis spontaneously remits, psychiatrists believe drug or talk therapy was effective.   



The episode happens when, during a massive number of failed attempts to startle, the brain finds the usually ignored neural impulses on the optic nerve, which trigger an attempt to startle, and  while functioning normally the brain tries to create an image from movement and position information only.   This cannot be done.


As the attempt to understand the neural impulses is made new connections between existing synapses are created until there are enough of them to block correct brain function.


When exposure stops the new altered connections dissolve from disuse, are forgotten, and normal brain function returns.



Learning what Subliminal Distraction exposure is allows anyone to take simple, usually free, precautions to avoid it.


There is no cost or treatment involved and avoiding exposure will not interfere with any treatment you now have.



As you read this site keep in mind that the effects of Subliminal Distraction can be experimentally reproduced.

That proves causation for depressive ideation.

This is not true for the invalid theories of causation for mental illness.


The theory of the investigation is that if Subliminal Distraction is a serious problem,

 evidence will be everywhere in plain sight.


Events such as the first cases of Dissociative Fugue in 1800's France,

Qi Gong and Kundalini Yoga mental breaks for 2400 and 3000 years respectively,

Culture Bound Syndromes, around the world and through history,

a mass insanity incident on the Belgian Polar Expedition of 1897/99,

the Anasazi abandonment of the four corners area in 1300,

Barney and Betty Hill, the first case of alien abduction,

Jumping Frenchmen of Maine, 1880,

extreme outcomes diagnosed as Shell Shock in WWI,

college suicides and strange bizarre student disappearances,

all have evidence that they were and are caused by Subliminal Distraction.



What portion of behaviors believed to be mental illness are Subliminal Distraction mental events?

It is not possible to open the box and look inside a mind to determine that.

If the public is warned to prevent the believed-harmless psychotic-like episode of confusion engineers see from office exposure,

all exposure would stop.

That would prevent serious outcomes this investigation found.



The Air Force has agreed to investigate this phenomenon as the cause of service member suicides.

The national center for PTSD investigation has acknowledged the problem.

(I have letters from both.)


Remember, in the entire history of man on the planet Earth this problem was discovered just that one time.


Everyone aware of it believes it is a harmless nuisance in the design of crowded knowledge work conditions.


It's a problem of human physiology not just offices.

They are just the first place under observation when it happened.

Subliminal Distraction has always been present in any human population.

All that is necessary is to replicate the situation where it was discovered.

That is long hours of deep mental investment with repeating detectable movement nearby  in peripheral vision.



Before you begin your investigation on this site, consider this question.

Can you cite a single case of someone blind from birth having Panic Attacks, or Schizophrenia?

I can't find one and volunteers searching the APA database could only find those with partial sight.

There were none among the completely blind.

An anonymous page on the Internet says there are only two such cases in all the literature.

Why is that true?

The subject of this site is a vision driven problem discovered when it caused mental breaks for office workers.

If mental illness is caused by chemical imbalances why would the blind be immune?



 If you use computers in small  business offices, dorm rooms, or at home save the index page, when it becomes available,  to your desktop.

That will allow you to read the  material and visit the psychology notes pages and their links to evidence later.

This material is from first semester psychology psychophysics. But no one has investigated this phenomenon before.

The first phase of this psychology project is complete.

The original investigation site is a difficult read. Pages are organized around investigation subjects.

Until the new organization is complete you can access that old investigation site using the Wayback Machine.



All of the files from the original research were saved.

This simpler site will  contain the explanation of Subliminal Distraction and relate it to college student disappearances, suicides, and mass shootings.

The site is being divided so that it cannot all go down due to a crash in the future.

The simplified plan will allow visitors to survey the material without slogging through all nine years of research material.



NEXT   What is Subliminal Distraction?



There are four text pages to explain Subliminal Distraction.

Site pages are organized to explain

Subliminal Distraction, then give examples.

Site Outline, an overview of the 12 year investigation of Subliminal Distraction.

What is Subliminal Distraction?  -The first explanation page. Next

How were Subliminal Distraction mental breaks discovered?

Why does a Subliminal Distraction mental break happen?

Foxconn, France Telecom, La Poste, Renault suicides

Psychotropic Drugs

Spontaneous remission Schizophrenia - Rev Trosse

Other pages are:


Bullying and Child Suicides from Bullying   page under construction check back

Connie Tucker Hospital Records  (Subliminal Distraction mistaken for schizophrenia.)

Death at the river's edge, Van Susteren, Fox News  posted in advance of broadcast

Hollywood    Actors, musicians, writers, and other performers have experienced depressive episodes.

Home Computer Location and Classroom Examples

Barney and Betty Hill Alien Abduction

Chaco Canyon Anasazi abandonment of four corners, 1300AD

College Suicides

Culture Bound Syndromes  under construction

Enlarged brain ventricles claimed to prove disease causation for schizophrenia.

ICU Psychosis in hospitals

Forum post link from 2002 verifies start date of project.

Jumping Frenchmen of Maine a startle matching behavior.

Mass Shootings  under construction

Malaysia Air Flight MH370 disappearance explained.

Mass Inanity Belgian Polar Expedition 1897/99

Mysterious Disappearances

           Jamison Family   Vanished Oct. 8, 2009 remains found Nov. 15, 2013 (Bedroom computer pictures found)

           Jennifer Huston   Vanished July 25, 2014 found a suicide 12 days later.

           Mary Shotwell Little, Vanished from Atlanta, Georgia, October 1965, never found.

           Ron Tammen, Vanished from Miami of Ohio, April 1953, never found.

          Flannan Isles Lighthouse Three lighthouse keepers vanished Christmas 1900

Outline and summary of project  Also known as the "Letters" page includes:   Investigation Methodology, QiGong_Kundalini Yoga_LGATS mental breaks, Two sources to verify SD, Georgia Tech College Suicide, Culture Bound Syndromes, Sudden Violence- PekaEric Auvinen computer picture

PTSD  The diagnosis may be preventable if the symptoms are actually caused by Subliminal Distraction.

QiGong and Kundalini Yoga Mental Breaks A 3000 year history of mental breaks is explained.

Reverend George Trosse   Spontaneous remission of insanity, Schizophrenia,  in the 16/1700's.  page under construction

Robin Williams suicide

Shell Shock WWI explained as Subliminal Distraction episodes   Under Construction


Subliminal Operant Conditioning   Subliminal Distraction explained as cause of radicalization to jihadist beliefs.

The DSM (Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Illness)

The Everquest Connection (Video game believed to hold code to cause addiction.)

Vince Foster Suicide, Clinton Administration 


Underground New York Public Library   Which subway riders are having Subliminal Distraction?   Here Link takes you off site.                                        

                                                               Can you spot those with movement in peripheral vision.

                                                               The site locates local library's or offers an on-line book seller for titles. 

                                                                Not my site, no connection to this project.