Brainwashing has a grim history that we shouldn’t dismiss | Curio

Brainwashing has a grim history that we shouldn’t dismiss

15 mins | Jan 6, 2022

Coercive persuasions are but a click away. The evolution of brainwashing began thousands of years ago in the form of torture and religious conversion, but how has this seeped into our modern times without much thought? Joel E. Dimsdale, a professor of psychiatry and author of “Dark Persuasion: A History of Brainwashing from Pavlov to Social Media”, argues that we need to consider its definition in the 21st century before we become defenceless to its dangers.

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