Brainwashing – Mind Control Category

Psychological Manipulation

Psychological manipulation can be defined as the exercise of undue influence through mental distortion and emotional exploitation, with the intention to seize power, control, benefits and/or privileges at the victim’s expense. It is important to distinguish healthy social influence from psychological manipulation.

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Brain washing or indoctrination can last a life time

The longer the indoctrination period, the longer a recovering survivor must work at recovery, and the less likely family members outside the cult organization can achieve any beneficial impact. Brain washing or indoctrination can last a life time. It takes someone with the strength and ability to change attitudes and look outside the box and […]

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Brain washing or indoctrination can last a life time

The longer the indoctrination period, the longer a recovering survivor must work at recovery, and the less likely family members outside the cult organization can achieve any beneficial impact. Brain washing or indoctrination can last a life time. It takes someone with the strength and ability to change attitudes and look outside the box and […]

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Children are not “brainwashed” or “indoctrinated”, they are raised

‘Brainwashing’ is such an overused word these days, especially by young people who use it to mean ‘to firmly convince someone of a view that is not like mine’ that I have come to dislike it. Children are not “brainwashed” or “indoctrinated”, they are raised, often by parents just like yours, in a certain environment. […]

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Aldous Huxley’s Dystopian Mind Control

Aldous Huxley gave an interesting look into psychological research of the 1950s and how it had changed and supported different elements of his early dystopian novel. In the same way, it is valuable to look back at his later work through the lens of modern psychological research and cultural history. Huxley’s themes of caution with […]

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CHILDREN BRAINWASHED BY A HATEFUL PARENT

This brainwashing is an integral part of the reason why certain children carry irrational hatred toward one of their parents, a prime indication these children have been victimized by one of their parents through the process known as “Parental Alienation Syndrome (PAS).” Though there are several definitions of brainwashing, I find the following Wikipedia article […]

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DEPROGRAMMING

DEPROGRAMMING . The term deprogramming has been used since the 1970s to refer to a range of behaviors, all of which are aimed at convincing members of so-called new religious movements (NRMs) to leave such groups and return to more mainstream social and religious lifestyles. Such groups might be “cultic,” that is, communal and with high-demand authoritarian leadership, […]

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The Brainwashing Debate

BRAINWASHING (DEBATE) . The current debate over brainwashing (the term is used here generically to refer to mind control, coercive persuasion, or thought reform unless otherwise stipulated) is best understood in the broader context of recurrent concerns through Western history over powerful, illicit sources of influence on individual loyalty and commitment. Brainwashing is a contemporary version […]

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How can I repair a broken relationship with my parent as an adult?

It can be difficult to counteract the misperceptions that a parent instills in a child. But as an adult, children may be able to better understand the other parent’s perspective and the situation more broadly. In the case of one woman, her alienated father kept his distance until she was 17 before calmly explaining that not all […]

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The B I T E Model

 Steven Hassan developed the BITE Model to describe the specific methods that cults use to recruit and maintain control over people.  “BITE” stands for Behavior, Information, Thought, and Emotional control

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