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How can an evangelist convert a hardboiled sophisticate? Why does a POW sign a "confession" that he knows is false? How is a criminal pressured into admitting his guilt? Do the evangelist, the POW's captor, and the policeman use similar methods to gain their ends? These and other compelling questions are discussed in this definitive work by William Sargant. Sargant explains and illustrates the basic techniques used by evangelists, psychiatrists, and brain-washers to dissolve existing, established patterns of belief, and then substitute new beliefs and behaviors.
|Publisher:||Institute for Study of Human Knowledge|
|Product dimensions:||5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.73(d)|
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THIS BOOK IS SOMETHING OF A SECRET TO THE GENERAL PUBLIC. IT HAS A CULT STATUS WITH COGNOSCENTI. ALTHOUGH IT DEALS WITH INDIVIDUAL MIND CONTROL IT EASILY SHIFTS TO GROUP NOTIONS AND BRINGS US UP TO THE "MEDIA IS THE MESSAGE" AND THE MICROCHIPPED AND NANO PARTICLE GENERATION. FILLED WITH PROVOCATIVE INSIGHTS AND TRIPS TO MYSTERIOUS PLACES AND RITUALS. PHOTOS OF THE SAME ARE INCLUDED. THIS IS A MUST READ AND ILLUMINATES OUR EVERYDAY EXPERIENCE WITHE THE MEDIA, DEAD BEAT SOCIAL ENGINEERING THRU ENDLESS ADVERTISING AND FAKE NEWS AND ENDLESS DISINFORMATION.
This book was a collaboration between Sargant and Robert Graves, the British poet and novelist, who had experienced severe mental trauma during World War I. Graves participation helps explain how such an incredible range of history and anthropology got included to explain Sargant's basic thesis. Sargant shows that under severe and/or prolonged stress, the mind can change radically, profoundly, and with lasting (though not necessarily permanent) results -- regardless of the moral and social perspective of the person involved. Brainwashers, Sargant shows, use this situation to get people to do things they normally wouldn't consider. A compassionate psychologist, however, can use it to genuinely help a person recover from a trauma. Or, as in many religious conversions and 'mystical' experiences as far back as ancient times, a controlled form of stress such as ritual drum beats can be used therapeutically. Sargant speaks from a great range of direct professional experience, not academic speculation. The book is very compelling.