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Battle for the Mind: A Physiology of Conversion and Brainwashing - How Evangelists, Psychiatrists, Politicians, and Medicine Men Can Change Your Beliefs and Behavior Paperback – July 3, 2015
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?Battle for the Mind is a welcome...alert-siren sounded by a man of science deeply concerned with the preservation of free thought and a truly democratic way of life.?-San Francisco Chronicle --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
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If you've read Graves poetry, much influenced in the early stages by horrific personal experiences on World War I battlefields, this collaboration has something poignant about it. According to Sargant, Graves convinced him to write the book and it's easy to understand Graves's enthusiasm for what Sargant had to say. The result is an important (and also very readable) book.
Sargent illustrates this by reference to techniques used in religious conversions and Soviet and Chinese brain washing and re-education. Sargent shows that the same techniques of overwhelming the subject with stress and then offering a way out have been sued for thousands of years in this regard. He describes Soviet era questioning, the evangelism of John Wesley, Chinese re-education camps and shows that they all have the same effect of converting the subject to a new way of belief that is desired by the examiner. The subjects of Soviet show trials did not confess because they feared more pain. They confessed because they genuinely believed in Th charges against them
This puts the current discussion of torture and Guantanomo in perspective. The techniques from there that have been described in the press are not designed to elicit information under the fear of pain. They are designed to convert the prisoners to a new set of beliefs that are compatible with American interests. As Sargent shows, since the fact that the prisoners are people with strong beliefs means that they will, after conversion, hold beliefs of equal strength in the new cause. They will cooperate with the American cause because they will then believe in it with all of their hearts.
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This is a good read on the "Art and Craft" of Brainwashing with a great deal of History thrown in to complete a rather complex picture. I recommend this read.Published on April 23, 2014 by Robert Allen
This is one of the most influential books of my life. It changed the way I see so many things: "freedom", "dignity", "choice". Read morePublished on February 27, 2014 by L. Kabel
Really a must-read for people who are interested in this sort of thing and we all should be since we are all targets of brainwashing of some sort.Published on February 24, 2013 by Saundrama
I really enjoyed this book. Great history on religious and government techniques in brainwashing. One of the most interesting books I've read.Published on January 18, 2013 by Clay
I read this book years ago in an effort to understand the lunacy of the 1960s. I did not envision the satisfaction it would bring when I watched over half the country lose their... Read morePublished on December 21, 2012 by Bob Rothman
I purchased this book for school, it was a decent read, great for gathering some highlights and topic awareness gathering purposes. Amazing detail and explanations.Published on December 19, 2012 by Michael Stattelman
The Battle for the Mind is one of those books that transformed understanding--in this case of how the physiology of religious conversion, brainwashing, and submission to... Read morePublished on November 15, 2010 by Ian H. Gibson
I keep this book around my house just to prove that the ideas of brainwashing is a kind of rubbish. I am fascinated at this book's high rating here on Amazon. Read morePublished on July 18, 2010 by Benedict