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Thread: The Battle for Your Mind: Persuasion and Brainwashing Techniques

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    The Battle for Your Mind: Persuasion and Brainwashing Techniques

    The Battle for Your Mind: Persuasion and Brainwashing Techniques Being Used On The Public Today

    The Birth of Conversion:
    Brainwashing in Christian Revivalism in 1735.

    Conversion is a "nice" word for brainwashing...and any study of brainwashing has to begin with a study of Christian revivalism in eighteenth century America. Apparently, Jonathan Edwards accidentally discovered the techniques during a religious crusade in 1735 in Northampton, Massachusetts. By inducing guilt and acute apprehension and by increasing the tension, the "sinners" attending his revival meetings would break down and completely submit. Technically, what Edwards was doing was creating conditions that wipe the brain slate clean so that the mind accepts new programming. The problem was that the new input was negative. He would tell them, "You're a sinner! You're destined for hell!"

    As a result, one person committed suicide and another attempted suicide. And the neighbors of the suicidal converts related that they, too, were affected so deeply that, although they had found "eternal salvation," they were obsessed with a diabolical temptation to end their own lives.

    Once a preacher, cult leader, manipulator or authority figure creates the brain phase to wipe the brain-slate clean, his subjects are wide open. New input, in the form of suggestion, can be substituted for their previous ideas. Because Edwards didn't turn his message positive until the end of the revival, many accepted the negative suggestions and acted, or desired to act, upon them.

    Charles J. Finney was another Christian revivalist who used the same techniques four years later in mass religious conversions in New York. The techniques are still being used today by Christian revivalists, cults, human-potential trainings, some business rallies, and the United States Armed services...to name just a few.

    Let me point out here that I don't think most revivalist preachers realize or know they are using brainwashing techniques. Edwards simply stumbled upon a technique that really worked, and others copied it and have continued to copy it for over two hundred years. And the more sophisticated our knowledge and technology become, the more effective the conversion. I feel strongly that this is one of the major reasons for the increasing rise in Christian fundamentalism, especially the televised variety, while most of the orthodox religions are declining.

    Read entire thesis here:

    Summary Of Contents
    The Birth of Conversion: Brainwashing in Christian Revivalism in 1735.
    The Three Brain Phases: The Pavlovian Explanation
    How Revivalist Preachers Work
    The "Voice Roll" Technique
    The Build-up Process.: Inducing Altered States
    Assured Continuation: Fleecing the Flock
    Bonding by Fear and Suggestion
    Testimony: Creating Community Spirit
    The Grey Area of Legitimacy
    A Game in Which the Rules Keep Changing
    Six Conversion Techniques
    Isolation Intimidation, Deprivation and Indoctrination
    The "Sell It By Zealot" Technique
    Wearing Down Resistance
    Increasing Tension
    Introducing Uncertainty About Identity
    Lack of Humor: No Release, No Resistance

    Not Always a Bad Thing
    Cults: A Captive Course in Stockholm Syndrome
    The Only Hope of Immunity
    The US Marines as a Brainwashing Cult
    Steps in the Decognition Process
    Alertness reduction
    Programmed Confusion
    Thought Stopping
    Thought Stopping Techniques
    True believers and mass movements
    Persuasion techniques:
    "Yes Set"
    Embedded Commands
    The Power of NLP
    Interspersal Technique
    Practical Examples
    Shock and Confusion
    Subliminal Programming
    Does Subliminal Programming Work?
    Mass Misuse of Subliminal Programming
    Extra-low Frequency Vibrations (ELFs)
    The Neurophone
    Technological Tools for Mass Manipulation
    In Closing

    Last edited by ricklbert; February 7th, 2010 at 03:16 PM.
    “How is freedom measured, in individuals as in nations? By the resistance which has to be overcome, by the effort it costs to stay aloft. One would have to seek the highest type of free man where the greatest resistance is constantly being overcome: five steps from tyranny, near the threshold of the danger of servitude.”

    Friedrich Nietzsche

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