Brainwashing: How does it work?

The history and science of intense manipulation

Stars Insider

05/08/21 | StarsInsider

LIFESTYLE Manipulation

When we think of brainwashing, we often jump to extremes, like Stockholm syndrome. However, brainwashing is more prevalent among us than we may think. Any emotional stress can bring about a sudden change in beliefs and personality. Think back to being in love, or grief, or any emotion that is intense. At that moment, you were probably more susceptible to different ideas.

Brainwashing uses moments of intense emotion to literally change the way your brain is wired. The method can be used for good as well as for bad. If you are interested in how the mind can be completely manipulated, take a look through this gallery to discover how and why people are brainwashed.

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