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The Manipulated Mind: Brainwashing, Conditioning, and Indoctrination Paperback – February 1, 2012
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DELUSION A would-be disciple said to a sage: 'I have been listening to you for days now, condemning attitudes and ideas, and even conduct, which are not mine and never have been. What is the purpose of this?' The sage said: 'The purpose of it is that you should, at some point, stop imagining that you have not been like any of the things I condemn; and to realize that you have a delusion that you are not like that now.'
Excerpted from "The Magic Monastery: Analogical and Action Philosophy of the Middle East and Central Asia" by Idries Shah. Copyright 1972, 1981 by The Estate of Idries Shah. Reprinted by permission. All rights reserved.
PITCHER LORE Have you heard about the tragedy of the little pitcher? He heard a thirsty man calling for water from his sick-bed in a corner of a room. The pitcher was so full of compassion for the man that by a supreme effort of will he actually managed to roll to within an inch of the sufferer's hand. When the man opened his eyes and saw a pitcher beside him, he was full of wonderment and relief. He managed to pick up the jug and held it to his lips. Then he realized that it was empty. With almost the last remains of his strength, the invalid threw the pitcher against a wall, where it smashed into useless pieces of clay. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Top Customer Reviews
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All in all, this is a general study, somewhat outdated, and is written from English points of view.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.
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.
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! :)
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This book is either naive or itself some form of controlled opposition. She chronicles the history of behavioral research without ever examining the researchers and their funding. Read morePublished on October 25, 2012 by NZ traveler
The title pretty much explains it all. This novel is an eye opener. Read this if you have an open mind.Published on March 26, 2012 by Tyler
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. Read morePublished on September 23, 2011 by AnnaMarie
A good introduction to the subject. Readable. At times kind of monotonous but informative overall. No information about the brain changes due to indoctrination and brainwashing, if... Read morePublished on February 11, 2006 by Nader
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. Read morePublished on November 2, 2004 by Patricia Roberts-Miller