The Psychology of Mind Control, Menticide, and Brainwashing

Joost Meerloo (1903-1976), a Dutch physician and psychoanalyst who taught in the United States at Columbia University and the New York School of Psychiatry, wrote his book “The Rape of the Mind. The Psychology of Thought Control, Menticide, and Brainwashing” in 1956 in response to his experiences resisting the Nazi occupation of his country.
The book is divided into four parts: the techniques for individual subjugation, the techniques for mass subjugation, inconspicuous coercion, search for means of defence. In the following I would like to present my subjective summary of what I consider to be the central points in each case.


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