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What Is Brainwashing And How Can You Avoid It?: Are We Being Brainwashed

Are we being brainwashed by our leaders and the media?

We’ve all heard the term brainwashing before, but what does it mean? Brainwashing is a technique often used by manipulators to control their victims.

It is a way to get someone to do something they wouldn’t normally do by making them believe that it is the right thing to do.  

This blog post will discuss brainwashing, how you can avoid it, and some of the signs that you may be being brainwashed.

What is brainwashing

Definition: a forcible indoctrination to induce someone to give up fundamental political, social, or religious beliefs and attitudes and to accept contrasting regimented ideas

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Brainwashing, also called Coercive Persuasion, is a systematic effort to persuade nonbelievers to accept a particular allegiance, command, or doctrine.

colloquial term is more generally applied to any technique designed to manipulate human thought or action against the individual’s desire, will, or knowledge.

By controlling the physical and social environment, an attempt is made to destroy loyalties to any unfavorable groups or individuals, demonstrate to the individual that his attitudes and patterns of thinking are incorrect and must be changed, and develop commitment and unquestioning obedience to the ruling party.

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How does brainwashing work?

Psychology studies brainwashing, which is known as social influence. Social influence happens every second of every day. It’s the collection of ways people can influence other people’s attitudes, beliefs,s, and behavior.

For example, the compliance method aims at producing a change in someone’s behavior and is not interested in his attitude or beliefs. It’s the “Do it now!” approach.

On the other hand, persuasion aims to change attitudes, or “do it because it’ll make me feel good/happy/healthier/more successful.” The education method (called propaganda when you don’t believe what’s being taught) focuses on changing people’s beliefs and “do it because you know it is the right thing to do.”

Brainwashing is a type of social influence that combines several different methods of persuasion to cause changes in someone’s way of thinking without that individual’s consent and often against their will.

What are the most effective techniques of brainwashing

Brainwashing entails: 1) Isolating yourself from the familiar, including colleagues, family, and the environment, 2) Absolute submission, and 3) Reward and punishment for obeying and refusing to cooperate, respectively.

Isolating yourself from the familiar

The first step in brainwashing is isolating the subject from all things familiar. This means removing them from contact with friends, family members, and even pets. In addition, the person should be removed from all sources of information. They should have no access to newspapers, magazines, radio, television, books, or any other form of communication.

Absolute submission

The next step is absolute submission. Brainwashed subjects are told they are inferior and unworthy of respect. They are told they cannot think for themselves and must obey orders blindly. They are given a sense of guilt and responsibility for their actions.

Reward and punishment

The final step is reward and punishment for obeying and refusing to cooperate. Subjects are told that they are superior beings capable of performing superhuman feats and must always follow orders. They are reminded that they owe everything to their leaders and would die for them.

How does brainwashing work?

It works by manipulating your emotions. You’re not allowed to question authority. If you do, you may face punishment.

  • You’re also encouraged to suppress your feelings. Your emotions are controlled through negative reinforcement. When you do something wrong, you get punished. When you do something right, you get rewarded.
  • You’re discouraged from expressing opinions about the leader. You’re told that he knows best. You’re told you can’t understand anything unless you’ve been trained. You’re told that there are only two sides to every issue.
  • You’re also discouraged from having an independent mind. You’re told that if you think for yourself, you’re stupid. You’re told that your thoughts are worthless. You’re told that only those who agree with the leader deserve respect. You’re told that the leader is infallible.
  • You’re also discouraged from questioning the leader’s decisions. You’re told that his decisions are based on facts and logic. You’re told that it’s impossible to know what happened because you weren’t there.
  • You’re discouraged from expressing doubts about the leader. You are told that you don’t understand anything. You’re told that everyone else agrees with the leader. You’re discouraged from thinking critically.
  • You’re discouraged from asking questions. You’re told that asking questions is disrespectful. You’re told that nothing matters except following orders. You’re discouraged from being critical.
  • You’re discouraged and punished when you disobey. You’re told that disobedience is punishable by death. You’re discouraged from speaking out against the leader.
  • You’re discouraged and punished when your ideas differ from the leader’s. You’re reminded that you’re supposed to believe in the leader’s ideas and that you shouldn’t question them.

What happens after brainwashing?

After brainwashing, people become obedient slaves.

  • They lose their individuality and become dependent on others. They become submissive and easily manipulated. They have no self-esteem and feel guilty about everything.
  • They begin to see the world as black or white. Everything is either good or evil. There are only two sides to any issue. People start believing that they are incapable of learning new things.
  • They begin to fear criticism and punishment. They begin to fear being different from other people. They start to distrust themselves and others.
  • They begin to hate themselves and others. They start to justify their actions. They begin to blame others for their problems.
  • They start to be afraid of freedom and independence. They start to feel inferior to others. They start to feel guilty about their past mistakes.
  • They start to believe that they must obey blindly without question. They start to think that they cannot make up their minds.
  • They start to live a life of lies. They start to lie to themselves and others. They stop trusting their instincts. They start to conform to society’s standards.
  • They start to accept all authority figures. They start to follow leaders blindly. They start to follow rules and regulations without understanding why they should do so.
  • They have started to become more authoritarian than ever before. They begin to become more intolerant of opposing views.
  • They begin to get angry at anyone who disagrees with them. They start to use force to control others.
  • They start becoming more aggressive and violent. They start to become less tolerant of differences.
  • They start to lose their sense of humor. They start to become suspicious of strangers. They start to become paranoid.
  • They start to develop an unhealthy attachment to the leader. They start to worship the leader like a god.

What are some modern examples of “brainwashing” 

The following are just a few examples of how governments worldwide have used brainwashing over the past century.

Nazi Germany – The Nazis had many methods of brainwashing their victims. They would isolate them from friends and family, force them to wear uniforms and use propaganda to convince them that they were superior to others.

North Korea – Kim Jong Il was known to have brainwashed military and government officials. He also brainwashed children through schools and camps.

China: Mao Zedong believed that the Communist Party should be able to control the thoughts of its citizens. To achieve this goal, he ordered the creation of a network of political indoctrination centers throughout the country. These centers were designed to instill loyalty to the party and the revolution. The Chinese government still uses similar tactics today.

The Soviet Union: Joseph Stalin brainwashed millions of Russians during World War II. His goal was to create an army of loyal soldiers. He did this by creating a cult of personality around him. He told his followers that he was infallible and could never die. He also brainwashed them by telling them that they didn’t like him because they weren’t smart enough.
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What are the top brainwashing techniques?

Chanting And Singing

This is often done in unison with others to create a sense of unity. It can also brainwash people into thinking that they are part of a larger whole and that their thoughts and opinions don’t matter.

Stress And Fear

This is when people are put in stressful situations so that they’re more likely to make decisions that they wouldn’t usually make. For example, someone might be brainwashed into joining a cult if they’re promised safety from an impending natural disaster.


This involves isolating someone from their friends and family. It can also include isolating them from the outside world and only being exposed to the group’s beliefs they’re a part of.

This can be done physically, by locking someone in a room, or emotionally, by making them feel like they’re not good enough to socialize with others.

Sleep Deprivation

This is a common technique used to break down someone’s resistance. This is when people are kept awake for long periods so that they’re more likely to accept the suggestions of those in authority.

Stress Positions

This involves forcing someone to stay in one position for an extended period. It can be used to cause physical pain or to make someone feel uncomfortable.

Dependency And Fear

This involves making someone feel dependent on the person who is brainwashing them. It can also include creating a sense of fear in the victim.

Self-Criticism And Finger-Pointing

 This is often done in groups to create a sense of unity. It can also brainwash people into thinking they are part of a larger whole.

Love Bombing

This is a technique used to make someone feel loved and accepted. It can be used to create a sense of dependency in the victim.

Mystical Manipulation

This is a technique that uses irrational ideas to control someone. It can be used to make someone believe in something that isn’t real.

Barratrous Abuse

This is a technique that uses physical force to control someone. It can be used to make someone fear for their safety.

Thought-Terminating Clichés

This is a technique that uses phrases to control someone’s thoughts. It can make someone believe that they are not thinking for themselves.


This is when people are taught to accept the beliefs of a group without question. It’s often done through schools, religious institutions, and the media.

Criticism And Self-Criticism

 This is often done in groups to create a sense of unity. It can also brainwash people into thinking they are part of a larger whole.

Uncritical Acceptance Of The Leader

This is a technique that makes people blindly accept the leader without question. It can make people follow the leader without thinking for themselves.

Social proof and peer pressure

This is a technique that uses the pressure of others to control someone. It can make someone do something that they wouldn’t normally do.

Fear of alienation

This technique uses the fear of being alone to control someone. It can make someone stay in a situation that they would otherwise leave.

Authority figure endorsement

This technique uses the endorsement of an authority figure to control someone. It can make someone believe in something they wouldn’t usually think in.

How to avoid being brainwashed

The best way to avoid being brainwashed is to be aware of the techniques used.

If you are in a situation where you feel like you are being pressured to do something, it is vital to question why you are being asked to do it.

Additionally, it’s essential to think for yourself and not blindly follow someone else’s opinion.

Trust your gut instinct—if something feels wrong, it probably is.

Finally, don’t be afraid to walk away from a situation if you feel like you are being pressured into doing something you don’t want to do.

Brainwashing can be challenging to overcome, but it is possible to break free from it if you know the techniques used against you.
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