In this week’s Success Newsletter, I would like to discuss brainwashing and control, and reveal ways to protect yourself from brainwashing.
First a quick update:
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Now, let’s talk about ways to avoid being brainwashed.
“It’s a timeless formula for brainwashing: convince people that they are lacking something and you are the only one who has the answer” is what I told HLN television news (sister station to CNN) when being interviewed about the dangers of gurus and specifically the case of James Arthur Ray who was sentenced to 2 years in prison for the deaths of 3 people in a sweat lodge.
The formal definition of brainwashing is a forcible indoctrination to induce someone to give up basic political, social, or religious beliefs and attitudes and to accept contrasting regimented ideas.
However, brainwashing also refers to mind control or the manipulation of one’s thoughts or behavior. The result or intended result is to subvert an individual’s sense of control over their own thinking, behavior, emotions or decision making.
When we think of brainwashing, we often think of either totalitarian regimes (Nazi Germany that appeared to succeed in systematically indoctrinating prisoners of war through propaganda and torture techniques), or conversions to new religious movements and cults.
But brainwashing (mind control, indoctrination, and manipulation of thoughts and behavior) occurs every day.
“You must constantly ask yourself these questions: Who am I around? What are they doing to me? What have they got me reading? What have they got me saying? Where do they have me going? What do they have me thinking? And most important, what do they have me becoming? Then ask yourself the big question: Is that okay? Your life does not get better by chance, it gets better by change.”