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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 weigh up their beliefs and faith against what is the reality and what are the genuine facts from creditable sources. Very few who are brainwashed from childhood would be able to do this.

Either way, the brain has a thing called ‘plasticity’, meaning that it can add to, create, ignore, or bypass neural networks with time (and experience, thought). One thing is for sure in all cases, thought: it is harder to ‘forget’ something than to remember it. Can you imagine trying to ‘un-learn’ how to ride a bicycle?

And, unfortunately, a few conniving critically-thinking humans have learned to exploit that to dominate other humans, and do their all to prevent as much of humanity as possible to learn/switch to an autonomous (critical) thought that allows us to control, ourselves, our brain’s contents (plasticity).

You don’t need to be an expert, but you do need to know your enemy. In this case, the blocks and walls that have been placed in his or her mind, the ways they’ve been taught to mentally fight back against reason, etc. And be as kind as possible, though firm. It is a very hard thing to find out you’ve been brainwashed to any extent. And it takes a long, long time to deprogram. I don’t how long yet. Working on it though.

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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 especially helpful and applicable for children traumatized by PAS:

Brainwashing (also known as mind controlmenticidecoercive persuasionthought controlthought reform, and re-education) is the concept that the human mind can be altered or controlled by certain psychological techniques. Brainwashing is said to reduce its subjects’ ability to think critically or independently, to allow the introduction of new, unwanted thoughts and ideas into their minds,  as well as to change their attitudes, values and beliefs.”

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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, or they may simply hold unconventional beliefs and rituals. Definitions of cult have been extremely variable and inclusive, and the term has been used to refer to groups ranging from Old Catholics, Mormons, and Jehovah’s Witnesses to members of the Unification Church, the Hare Krishnas, the Seventh-day Adventist–derived Branch Davidians, and even Pentecostals.

Deprogramming is regarded by its advocates as a “liberating” process that frees NRM members from a presumed hypnotic state of involuntary servitude or “mind control” that has been previously “programmed” into them. Deprogramming (as a term and practice) began in 1971 as the ad hoc vigilante response of one man, Theodore (Ted) Roosevelt Patrick Jr., to the intense missionizing activities of the Children of God, a fundamentalist Christian sect that was later renamed The Family. Patrick was a civil rights activist and Special Representative for Community Relations under California governor Ronald Reagan. According to Patrick’s autobiographical Let Our Children Go! (1976), his teenage son and nephew met several missionaries of the Children of God and returned home noticeably and “mysteriously” disoriented. Patrick attended a meeting of the group and, by his account, found himself powerfully drawn to surrender his rationality and free will. Patrick claimed that he was contacted within a single week by fifty-two families who complained that their children had been similarly affected by the Children of God. Patrick developed a rough explanation of the “programming” (or conditioning) performed by that group. At the time, he had no knowledge of the post–Korean War coercive influence/brainwashing literature developed by U.S. Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) propagandists and psychologists.

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Are You the Object of Hate?

Are You the Object of Hate?
If you’ve ever been the target of hatred, you know how upsetting, frightening and emotional it can be. Actually, since the overall effects of hatred are so physically harmful and emotionally devastating, perhaps we should think of hatred as another type of “H-Bomb.”As you may recall, real H-bombs (hydrogen bombs) generate most of the energy they produce from something called nuclear fission. In addition to producing energy, nuclear fission is also what ignites the initial explosion of a nuclear weapon.In a similar way, hatred produces energy for destructive power. And the fission – what actually ignites the explosion – is driven by the intense hostility, fear, anger or sense of injury one feels.When you’re confronted by this kind of extreme dislike, you basically have two choices regarding your response: You can either sink to the hater’s level and toss a few H-Bombs of your own, or you can recognize this behavior as a character flaw and not respond in kind. Continue reading “Are You the Object of Hate?”

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How Hate Works

In 2008, scientists at University College London in the U.K. published a study in which they included 17 subjects who’d expressed a strong hatred for another person — typically, an ex-lover or a colleague. When the subjects’ brains were mapped with an MRI scanner while they looked at pictures of the people they hated, activity was observed the putamen and insular cortex — two brain regions that also light up when a person sees a picture of a loved one [source: ZekiRobson].

The involvement of the putamen in both emotions is particularly revealing, because that part of the brain also prepares the body for movement. Scientists hypothesize that this area goes into action with the aim of providing protection to a loved one — to prepare for an aggressive or spiteful act from a hated person [source: ZekiRobson].

But the researchers also spotted a key difference between the two emotions. When a person sees another person he or she loves, the areas of the frontal cortex associated with judgment and critical thinking typically become less active than normal. But when subjects saw someone they hated, most of the frontal cortex remained active. In fact, the researchers found that when they compared the brain scans to answers that subjects had given on a questionnaire, the more intensively a person said that he or she hated another person, the more energetically the subject’s frontal cortex lit up at the sight of the person. So here’s the upshot: Hating someone isn’t just a knee-jerk emotional reaction. It also involves a certain amount of reasoning and rumination [source: ZekiRobson].

Hate involves both the interior, primitive parts of the brain and the parts that developed relatively late in human evolution. So our capacity for intense dislike of others of our species may date back as far as 150,000 years, when the first modern humans emerged [source:]. Why hate developed is a murkier question. There’s some evidence that humans’ ability to hate may actually be an evolutionary adaptation, one that made it easier for a group of hunter-gatherers to justify taking scarce food from competing groups [source: Fishbein]. Continue reading “How Hate Works”

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Brain’s ‘Hate Circuit’ Identified

People who view pictures of someone they hate display activity in distinct areas of the brain that, together, may be thought of as a ‘hate circuit’, according to new research by scientists at UCL (University College London).

The study, by Professor Semir Zeki and John Romaya of the Wellcome Laboratory of Neurobiology at UCL, examined the brain areas that correlate with the sentiment of hate and shows that the ‘hate circuit’ is distinct from those related to emotions such as fear, threat and danger – although it shares a part of the brain associated with aggression. The circuit is also quite distinct from that associated with romantic love, though it shares at least two common structures with it.

The results are an extension of previous studies on the brain mechanisms of romantic and maternal love from the same laboratory. Explaining the idea behind the research, Professor Zeki said: “Hate is often considered to be an evil passion that should, in a better world, be tamed, controlled, and eradicated. Yet to the biologist, hate is a passion that is of equal interest to love. Like love, it is often seemingly irrational and can lead individuals to heroic and evil deeds. How can two opposite sentiments lead to the same behaviour?”

To compare their present results with their previous ones on romantic love, Zeki and Romaya specifically studied hate directed against an individual. Seventeen subjects, both female and male, had their brains scanned while viewing pictures of their hated person as well as that of neutral faces with which they were familiar. Viewing a hated person showed activity in distinct areas of the brain that, together, may be thought of as a ‘hate circuit’.

The ‘hate circuit’ includes structures in the cortex and in the sub-cortex and has components that are important in generating aggressive behaviour, and translating this into action through motor planning, as if the brain becomes mobilised to take some action. It also involves a part of the frontal cortex that has been considered critical in predicting the actions of others, probably an important feature when one is confronted by a hated person.

The subcortical activity involves two distinct structures, the putamen and insula. The former, which has been implicated in the perception of contempt and disgust, may also be part of the motor system that is mobilised to take action, since it is known to contain nerve cells that are active in phases preparatory to making a move.

Professor Zeki added: “Significantly, the putamen and insula are also both activated by romantic love. This is not surprising. The putamen could also be involved in the preparation of aggressive acts in a romantic context, as in situations when a rival presents a danger. Previous studies have suggested that the insula may be involved in responses to distressing stimuli, and the viewing of both a loved and a hated face may constitute such a distressing signal.

“A marked difference in the cortical pattern produced by these two sentiments of love and hate is that, whereas with love large parts of the cerebral cortex associated with judgment and reasoning become de-activated, with hate only a small zone, located in the frontal cortex, becomes de-activated. This may seem surprising since hate can also be an all-consuming passion, just like love. But whereas in romantic love, the lover is often less critical and judgmental regarding the loved person, it is more likely that in the context of hate the hater may want to exercise judgment in calculating moves to harm, injure or otherwise extract revenge.

“Interestingly, the activity in some of these structures in response to viewing a hated face is proportional in strength to the declared intensity of hate, thus allowing the subjective state of hate to be objectively quantified. This finding may have legal implications in criminal cases, for example.”

Unlike romantic love, which is directed at one person, hate can be directed against entire individuals or groups, as is the case with racial, political, or gender hatred. Professor Zeki said that these different varieties of hate will be the subject of future studies from his laboratory.

Continue reading “Brain’s ‘Hate Circuit’ Identified”


Hatred a negative emotion

Feelings of hatred or intense emotional dislike develop for many reasons. People might begin to hate another person or group when they:

  • Feel envy or want what the other person has. They may consider it unfair that someone has what they lack.
  • Have contempt for another person or believe them to be inferior.
  • Learn hatred from parents, their community, or other social groups.
  • Are humiliated or mistreated by another person.

People also hate when they feel powerless. Rather than turning their anxiety and shame inward, they may project that negativity onto an external target. In some cases, people who experience bullying or abuse may grow to hate the person who harmed them.

In other cases, a target is hated more for what they represent than for specific actions they have taken. Individuals may believe the target of their hatred has harmful intentions toward them and would hurt them if they could. However, the target may not necessarily have hostile intentions, or the hatred may be disproportional to the injury.

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—Hal Pashler, Distinguished Professor of Psychology and
Cognitive Science, University of California, San Diego
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to the public understanding of science.”
—Dr. Steven E. Hyman, Director of the Stanley Center for
Psychiatric Research at the Broad Institute of MIT and
Harvard and Former Director of the National Institute
of Mental Health
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—Raymond Tallis, author of Aping Mankind: Neuromania,
Darwinitis and the Misrepresentation of Humanity

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BRAINWASHING by Dr. Lawrence Wilson

Parents and Children.  Children are very dependent upon their parents, so they make easy targets of brainwashing.  In fact, some of the worst hypnosis and brainwashing occurs in families.  It varies in severity and might just be simple conditioning of the child to act or speak in certain ways.  Too often, it is far worse and involves beating, humiliating, embarrassing, and raping children at a young age.  This is especially the case in Russia and the Middle Eastern nations.

At times, clever children turn the tables and effectively train their parents to do exactly as they child wishes by throwing temper tantrums and other tactics.  Such children often have a hard time as adults because adults are harder to manipulate using temper tantrums.

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Those of us who are concerned about the detrimental effects of the PAS on children and on the alienated parent must become armed with the overwhelming indications from all aspects of our culture that confirm the child’s instinctive love for both parents. We cannot be deterred from lifting the blindness to the existence of the PAS of the professionals who intervene in child custody. All aspects of our culture—- from music to art to literature to psychology—- reveal that you have to be carefully taught to hate and fear a parent.

taken from  The information on this website is the work of Linda J Gottlieb, LMFT, LCSW-R.