from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Intensive, forcible indoctrination, usually political or religious, aimed at destroying a person's basic convictions and attitudes and replacing them with an alternative set of fixed beliefs.
- n. The application of a concentrated means of persuasion, such as an advertising campaign or repeated suggestion, in order to develop a specific belief or motivation.
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- n. Alternative spelling of brain-washing.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. the process of forcible indoctrination into a new set of attitudes and beliefs.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. forcible indoctrination into a new set of attitudes and beliefs
British journalist Edward Hunter translated the term brainwashing in his 1953 book, “Brain-Washing in Red China,” which described communist techniques for controlling the minds of nonbelievers.
He agreed the term brainwashing can be used in two different senses, involving an element of physical force and no such physical element.
* Some one somewhere took the term brainwashing literally.
Melvin Bledsoe described what he called the brainwashing' of his son, saying Carlos was a happy teenager who changed after he went to college and converted.
He spent his time in prison trying to undo the years of what he calls the brainwashing he received as a young man in Suweidi.
But even though we've been inundated with all these waves of social engineering-that's what they call brainwashing nowadays-I'm nevertheless optimistic that, if we succeed in building up a force in Germany that reminds people about Germany's culture in science and art, that the German people is nevertheless a people with enormous potential.
Talk of "brainwashing" is everywhere -- this cleansing action allegedly to take place in a mere twenty minutes or so, unlike the lengthy, far less efficient efforts of the Chinese during the Korean War.
I'd pay a subscription fee if I could have what you are talking about - and maybe a little less brainwashing from the advertisers ......
This just sounds like brainwashing from a faith based therapist.
Perhaps in brainwashing 101 we can use some math too.