May: Brainwashing & Long Term Effects

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May: Brainwashing & Long Term Effects

Unread post by Whatchamacallit » Tue May 27, 2008 1:56 am

This is a very long article that address the process of brainwashing in different places and times (including the U.S. government), as well as the myths vs. realities of the long term impact upon one's decision making ability. A good read.

"A second myth concerns the purported effects of brainwashing. Media reports about thought reform's effects far exceed the findings of scientific studies--which show coercive persuasion's upper limit of impact to be that of inducing personal confusion and significant, but typically transitory, attitude change. Brainwashing was promoted as capable of stripping victims of their capacity to assert their wills, thereby rendering them unable to resist the orders of their controllers. People subjected to "brainwashing" were not merely influenced to adopt new attitudes but, according to the myth, suffered essentially an alteration in their psychiatric status from normal to pathological, while losing their capacity to decide to comply with or resist orders. " ... &Itemid=12

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