The Rape of the Mind

The Rape of the Mind

by Joost Meerloo

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BN ID: 2940151627719
Publisher: Progressive Press
Publication date: 02/18/2015
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 1,219,735
File size: 295 KB

About the Author

“Dr. Meerloo was a man of outstanding accomplishments. Author of 43 books and monographs and over 1,000 essays, he won worldwide renown as an authority on psychological warfare, especially on the techniques of brainwashing explored in his representative work, The Rape of the Mind (1956). From the early Thirties, his wide ranging interests blazed a trail in writings on the psychology of drug addiction, correlatives between cancer and emotional illness, the phenomenology of time, problems of death and aging, art and dance symbolism, interpersonal communication, parapsychology and a host of other topics. All bear the stamp of broad erudition, but their author remained first and foremost a scientist.” — M. C. Nelson, The Psychoanalytic Review, 1977.
Joost A. M. Meerloo, M.D. was born in 1903 at The Hague, Netherlands. His M.D. was earned at Leyden University (1927) and his Ph.D. at the University of Utrecht (1932). Between 1928 and 1934 Dr. Meerloo served as teacher and staff psychiatrist in several hospitals; in the latter year he entered private practice in psychotherapy and psychoanalysis at The Hague, serving also as psychiatric consultant to the Royal Court and to governmental agencies. Under the Nazi occupation of the Netherlands, Dr. Meerloo was able to observe at firsthand the methods of mental torture and forced interrogation described in this book.
In 1942 he narrowly missed death at the hands of the German occupation forces in the Netherlands and escaped to England, where he served as a colonel, chief of the Psychological Department of the Netherlands Army. Dr. Meerloo was decorated with the Distinguished Service Cross in 1943. After the war he settled in New York; he taught in several schools and conducted the private practice of psychotherapy and psychoanalysis.
Among his books are Total War and the Human Mind, Patterns of Panic, and The Two Faces of Man. The Rape of the Mind draws upon his experiences and intimate knowledge of what extreme mental pressure can do to the human mind.

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