Mind Control: Contemporary Tactics and Practice

Psychology / April 23, 2015 / No Comments /
A look at how coercive persuasion and thought reform share many similarities, mainly the goal of altering behavior and attitude through coercive influences often based in groups.

“Coercive persuasion and thought reform share many similarities, mainly the goal of altering behavior and attitude through coercive influences often based in groups. Schein, Lifton, and Professor Ofshe’s through his Sociology 156 class all give different emphasis regarding the subject. Schien the apparent `father` of the study, analyses coercive persuasion in a three-stage model, Lifton focused on eight key elements that contributed to the totalistic qualities of the methodology, while Ofshe elaborated on the role of coercive persuasion in police interrogations. All theorists seem to agree with Schein’s three-stage process, with the additions of their further findings. The result is a elaborate theory of coercive persuasion that gives insight into the results on the individual formed through confined/assertive and nonconfined/nonassertive programs, belief internalization, and the effects of the methods, graded on adherence to the leader and doctrine.”


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