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34 of 36 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Man as a species is creative because `no man is an island'
This book is concerned with brainwashing. However instead of concentrating on the specifics of the techniques used, it presents and analyzes why brainwashing and other forms of conversion are possible. The book extensively quotes from Sargent's seminal studies reported in "Battle for the Mind". Sargent showed how brainwashing and conversion can be traced to a...
Published on July 3, 2005 by Tom Gray

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3.0 out of 5 stars Good overview, nothing else
I am interested in mind control and this came recommended as a good book on the subject. However this book is one long history of research into mind control. The book begins with a general description of the first case of actual mind control as performed on American POW's in Korea, where many were so brainwashed that they openly embraced their captors and communism. It...
Published on April 11, 2003 by HappyDaze11


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61 of 64 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good overview, nothing else, April 11, 2003
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I am interested in mind control and this came recommended as a good book on the subject. However this book is one long history of research into mind control. The book begins with a general description of the first case of actual mind control as performed on American POW's in Korea, where many were so brainwashed that they openly embraced their captors and communism. It was at this point, the author claims, that it was realized that mind control could occur.
It is from this watershed event, and the data collected therefrom, that all current study of brainwashing and mind control stem. The author then surveys the Pavlov dog experiments, animal research, various large scale experiments involving humans where unbelievable counter intuitive results occur. This book is worth its price just to read about these studies into things like 'the gun effect' where people were actually mroe aggressive to an armed motorist getting stuck on a highway then to an unarmed one.
All in all, this is a general study, somewhat outdated, and is written from English points of view. This is a book you can start with, and then use its extensive bibliography to explore areas that interest you more closely.
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34 of 36 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Man as a species is creative because `no man is an island', July 3, 2005
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Tom Gray (Fort-Coulonge, Quebec Canada) - See all my reviews
This book is concerned with brainwashing. However instead of concentrating on the specifics of the techniques used, it presents and analyzes why brainwashing and other forms of conversion are possible. The book extensively quotes from Sargent's seminal studies reported in "Battle for the Mind". Sargent showed how brainwashing and conversion can be traced to a physiological strategy used by the brain to cope with stress. Sargent's insights into this are conclusive but he does to address the question of why this strategy was chosen by evolution and to what purposes it is used. Winn presents results from psychology to show the reasons why as she quotes ' man is a rationalizing animal.' Winn shows how man as a social animal is tuned to adapt to the reality as others find it. Man, as opposed to other animals, has the potential to learn from others and so gives great significance to the knowledge that he finds implicit in the behaviors of others.

Winn's book is a distillation of the research of others. She presents Sargent's ideas but deepens them by putting them in a broader psychological and social perspective. She does not explicitly state this but her book presents the reasons why the capacity for conversion or brainwashing is evolutionarily advantageous. It is a trait that provides us with capacity to create society. Man as a species is creative because `no man is an island'.

This is an excellent book that is well worth reading.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Readable and Informative. This is not simply a text book., February 23, 2000
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Alan Brown (San Francisco, ca United States) - See all my reviews
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An extremely engaging book. It is very well written for the layman and on a subject that should interest us all. Experts in psychology that have a genuine talent for writing are rare and I have no hesitation in recommending this book unreservedly.
It takes as its theme, the 'brainwashing' of American soldiers in the korean war, but relates the 'techniques' to influences which operate on us all in our every day life to varying degrees, to influence our thoughts.
An important, but also entertaining book. Two thumbs up! :)
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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars excellent book!, May 11, 2001
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I thought this book did a good job of conveying the info in a rational manner without overhyping the findings. I would recommend Sargents book "the battle for the mind" also, to those who are interested.
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16 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding! Rational and Clear - a must read about Media, August 14, 2000
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A very clear and well written study of the various means that the media uses to manipulate and control the mass 'thinking' and behavior. I read the original hardcover (used) and now that there is an updated paperback I am ordering it. Very rational investigation by a media reporter, well cited and referenced and a pleasant eye-opening reading. Should be required reading for all poly sci, media, and psych majors.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Revealing, February 8, 2007
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Every year that goes by, I pat myself on the back for the little nuggets I am able to notice, about myself and the world around me. But, like the old saying goes, "until you focus on a subject it's not part of your world." "The Manipulated Mind" opens the flood gates of our fragile mind. Mine included. That's what happens when you live in your world. Reading this book is not for someone who does not have prior knowledge of how the mind works. The book covers so many areas that it will overwhelm the beginner. The book is an easy read if you can understand the topic. Each chapter is full of information and examples. Each chapter is unique and leads into the following chapter. This book will be read two or three times more just to absorb the information and the conclusions derived from it. It has tremendous application for every day use.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent book, February 18, 2010
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Why would the average person not want to know about influences that alter her or his perception of others and the world surrounding them? An excellent source for those that wish to know more about themselves and society.
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12 of 18 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good, but dated, book, November 2, 2004
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This is a good introduction to many of the issues of how good people come to believe bad things, but it is a little dated. It's written for a popular audience, so someone looking for a more scholarly take may be disappointed.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Informative., March 26, 2012
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The title pretty much explains it all. This novel is an eye opener. Read this if you have an open mind.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Manipulated Mind by Denise Winn, September 23, 2011
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What an amazing book like reading my mind, so true, easy to read, gives one a clear understanding of manipulation, conditioning and the negative affects.Gives the reader an inside awareness. Brilliant!
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The Manipulated Mind: Brainwashing, Conditioning, and Indoctrination by Denise Winn (Paperback - October 25, 2002)
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