Published in 2004, Kathleen Taylor‘s book Brainwashing: The Science of Thought Control looks at the history of brainwashing as we know it through the lens of neuroscience and psychology, defines the spectum of ‘brainwashing’ from persuasion to aggressive thought reform, and shows how strategies of brainwashing can be observed in religion, advertising, education and government.
Our rational mind is always looking for evidence to support our dominant beliefs…
the stronger the emotion, the stronger the belief, and the greater the tendency to seek out supporting evidence.
This confirmatory bias is why we often overlook the flaws of the ones we love, even if that loved one is a brand.
We focus our attention on the positive qualities of the brand while ignoring the deficiencies.
Reach inside and pull from the hearts of your audience.
Pull from scripture (religion), songs (that they have sung together), and use those as a device to connect and resonate with your audience.
Painting a picture of a new bliss using the very things inside of them that they already hold as sacred.
Almost everything is relative.
Transferrence of fear and self-loathing to an authoritarian vessel; it’s catharsis. He absorbes their dread with his narrative.
Because of this (the preacher) is effective in proportion to the amount of certainty he can project.
Certain linguistic anthropologists think that religion is a language virus that re-writes pathways in the brain.
Dulls critical thinking…