Brainwashing and Indoctrination ...continued
Brainwashing and Indoctrination have put in an appearance
during the last fifty years or so, and are now well-known as cases have been
reported and documented in the public domain. Even people of reputed
intelligence have been subjected to these methods and their minds have been
changed against their better judgement and will.
The methodology would appear to have developed from certain
experiments that Russian Nobel Laureate in Psychiatry - Ivan Petrov Pavlov made
on the behaviour of dogs. It was on the occasion when his laboratory was
flooded. This caused great trauma and panic among the canines, but later, when
Pavlov conducted further experiments in a new laboratory he noticed that their
fears had vanished. The trauma also seemed to have blocked their memories of
the past and made them susceptible to new treatments,
Pavlov then proceeded to consider whether the same mechanism
would work on the human psyche, e.g if persons could be traumatised, could it
cause them to forget former responses and clear the mind for new ideas ..
Brainwashing was used in the various Trials in the Soviet
Union in 1936, and also in World war 2 by the Nazis in Germany. It was aimed to
effect confessions and the betrayal of loyalties, often involving cruel tactics
such as denying sleep, exposing the victims to bright lights or making them
stand up for long periods of time. The Chinese government also used
brainwashing during the Korean war of 1950-1953 when prisoners were pressured
into making confessions.