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What is your definition of "brainwashed"?

This is the actual definition of brainwashed... 1: a forcible indoctrination to induce someone to give up basic political, social, or religious beliefs and attitudes and to accept contrasting regimented ideas; 2: persuasion by propaganda or salesmanship.

This is my definition of brainwashed... Everyone is brainwashed about something, in a sense. From our parents to teachers to peers to ourselves, ect., someone is always constantly telling us something. This is also how our brains work and how we learn, to constantly, even in our sleep, repeat, repeat, repeat. We think, say, and do things over and over again. But the real debate is what have people been brainwashed with, truth or lies. Hmmm...? So, what is your definition of "brainwashed"?


Asked by BUTTERCUP777 at 2:54 AM on Oct. 28, 2010 in Religious Debate

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  • Take a dirty brain and soak in soapy water for 24 hours. Take it out, squeeze out excess water, rub in more soap, scrub the dirty thoughts out, rinse in clean water till no suds appear. Run the clean brain through a hand cranked laundry press. Presto, freshly clean brain with no dirty thoughts left!

    Brainwashed indicates a change of thinking, knowledge or belief that is involuntary and without consent. It's mental rape done seductively and almost without notice. It's controlled by those making the changes. It might look like free will to the victim but it's not. And it's extremely pointless to point out that one is brainwashed. They would have to be deprogrammed before they would see that they had been brainwashed. Our ability to manipulate each other is vast and frighting.

    Answer by isabellalecour at 10:52 AM on Oct. 28, 2010

  • Brainwashing is a bit more extreme than the opinions and information we are constantly subjected to. Brainwashing involving replacing a person's own basic beiefs and even morality with "your" own. To the point that it could be detrimental or unhealthy for the person brainwashed . That no matter what proof is set in front of the brainwashed person, they would not be able to accept it as proof or truth.

    Answer by katiPeas at 3:14 AM on Oct. 28, 2010

  • believing whatever someone tells you and not allowing anything new or different in for fears of corroding what you want to believe regardless of how logical and truthful it may be.

    Wanting to believe it sooo bad as tho there is this fear of death and being lost if you ever found out it was not 100% true.

    Answer by Zoeyis at 6:04 AM on Oct. 28, 2010

  • right, someone is always telling us something. But, we still have a choice what to believe. I think brainwashed people don't have much room to choose. They are somehow being convinced that it's this way or the highway (or hell). It's hard to "choose" when someone makes it seem like those are your only options.

    Answer by samurai_chica at 7:36 AM on Oct. 28, 2010

  • Isabel, you took the words out of my mouth!

    Until one has gone through the process of deprogramming, whether invasive or internalized, they do not realize that anything has in fact been imposed upon them... case and point- my SO was raised in a fundie home, it took him almost 25 years to question, and then gain his own personal beliefs because it had been ingrained since birth.

    Thanks goes out to our wonderful anon as well, for giving a lovely illustration of how brainwashing looks to the rest of society.

    Answer by ObbyDobbie at 11:44 AM on Oct. 28, 2010

  • The media is great at selling lies for money. It's not a form of direct control, although if a person feeds into it, and doesn't have control on their life, it can take them into bankruptcy. Predatory lenders are a form of brainwashing. Wall Street is a form of BW. Having to dress a certain way could be. People can control how much they are attacked by this as long as they aren't weak and let it just happen, but in this world so many predators are waiting to just get a hook in there someplace. They aren't fooling anyone but themselves really. It's pretty sad.

    Answer by Anonymous at 3:19 AM on Oct. 28, 2010

  • Your definitions are good OP. It happens in all areas of life I think,whenever conditioning or intimdation causes a person to abandon reason and individuality and follows a leader ...or a group with a powerful leader.

    Answer by kerp1960 at 10:02 AM on Oct. 28, 2010

  • All these definitions are good ones. I guess it's just really frustrating when a non-Christian tells us we are "brainwashed", simply because we CHOOSE to exercise our FREE WILL to follow God, and live by the Bible. It doesn't make us brainwashed, it just makes our belief system different from their's. What if we called a Pagan "brainwashed"? We'd be drummed off CM! Yet, we get called that everyday, and are supposed to just take it. I realize not all non-believers do this, and I realize there are some overzealouse Christians, but it doesn't mean even THEY are brainwashed!

    Answer by jaycietaylorgma at 10:34 AM on Oct. 28, 2010

  • I guess it's just really frustrating when a non-Christian tells us we are "brainwashed"

    Don't exaggerate. The term is used in reference to people who were raised that way from birth, refuse to ever learn anything about any other faith, and then go on to raise their children the same way, saying they'd throw them out rather than ever let them explore a different religion or opt out of going to church with the family. That's not a choice of "free will" because they aren't choosing between anything.

    Answer by NotPanicking at 11:57 AM on Oct. 28, 2010

  • To me a "brainwashed" person would be someone so indoctrinated into beliving something that he/she cannot see its inconsistencies with reality.


    Answer by momto2boys973 at 11:59 AM on Nov. 1, 2010