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How to Recognize and Avoid Brainwashing

Understand that those who attempt to brainwash others tend to prey upon the weak and vulnerable. Not everyone is a target for mind control, but certain people are more susceptible to forms of it at different times. A skillful manipulator knows what to look for and targets people who are going through a difficult period in their life or a change that may or may not be of their own making. Possible candidates include:

  • People who have lost their jobs and fear for their future.
  • Recently divorced people, particularly when the divorce was a bitter one.[3]
  • Those suffering from lingering illness, especially one they don’t understand.
  • People who have lost a loved one, particularly if they were very close to that person and had few other friends.
  • Young people away from home for the first time. These are particular favorites of religious cult leaders.[4]
  • One particular predatory tactic is to find out enough information about the person and his or her belief system to explain the tragedy the person has experiencing in a manner consistent with that belief system. This can later be expanded to explain history in general through that belief system, while subtly modifying it to the brainwasher’s interpretation.



Living the dream in SW France-Retired Love Swimming, Rambling, Labrador's, Pilates, Photography, Astronomy, Reiki, Travelling. Currently studying Psychology, and member of NAAP. I believe in truth, honesty, karma and integrity! KEEPING IT REAL - No one likes someone who lies and lives a different life on social media than they do in real life. ≧◔◡◔≦

3 thoughts on “How to Recognize and Avoid Brainwashing

  1. Hi Linda. I really wish you would list your credentials somewhere here on your page, and also, list your academic bibliographies for each of your articles. Wiki- anything is not really considered a trusted source academically so it is sad to see any article that has good writing to cite wiki- (wiki-how, wiki-pedia, etc.) as the trusted or quoted source. Have you tried to seek resources for your writings?


    1. Hello True Intentions – I often use and many other sources. You will see at the bottom of each article I always acknowledge the original source. Thank you for your input and the info in Wiki!!!!! Do you have a website? Regards Linda


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