Friday, July 3, 2009

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(adj.; n. brainwashing) Coerced or manipulated by any number of social, intellectual, and psycho-emotional methods, to do or accept things you wouldn't have otherwise. It is often an extension of common, everyday persuasion, but goes beyond it to control the way a person thinks and responds in general to limit critical thinking itself, not simply selling a single idea or decision based on presenting information and choice. The goal of brainwashing is the internalization of the (unrealized or unrecognized) abusive control to where you believe and feel it necessary to enforce someone else's will as your own, unaware of your lack of free will, and usually with an illusion of stronger free will. It goes beyond Stockholm Syndrome by having fear or doubt with regards to criticism about the authority (person, group and/or system of belief). Rationalizations are given to you to explain away anything contradictory. The common use of the term implies a blind spot where you cannot see an opposing point of view because of some control or conditioning. Contradictory facts cannot be processed (mental scotomization), or are warped to fit into a form that no longer contradicts (cognitive dissonance). Unlike simple indoctrination into many religions or philosophies, brainwashing goes beyond education to include reasons and/or phobias why questioning or turning away from it is wrong and people who do not agree are deceived, evil, or just wrong. Some religious and other groups cross the line; many do not. People can brainwash themselves by being closed-minded, but can be brainwashed intentionally or unintentionally in any abusive relationship, such as a totally dominating partner, parent, or even a company or organization. This is the primary common use of the word to describe the control process of a cult. However, brainwashing takes diverse forms in terms of tools and degrees of different kinds of control, so saying a group doesn't do brainwashing because of dissimilarities with another group (dressing all the same, or chanting for hours, for example) is invalid -- and a typical defense by people in a cult. In fact, brainwashing can mean closing the mind when it comes to specific things and not others. Some cults disguise their control by encouraging you to believe anything you want, including staying in your current religion, so long as it does not interfere and you do not question and commit to the group's agenda. The problem is that the word can be meant or taken as an insult instead of a particular psychological phenomenon. It may be an excuse to explain why someone cannot see your own point of view. Therefore, people who are brainwashed are likely to accuse others and even the whole surrounding society of being brainwashed. Brainwashing is also a term that cults use to attack religions in general (many of which may have cult characteristics in varying degrees as a natural development tendency of any social group), or religions that are different in basic dogma from their own. Some anti-cult organizations have a cultic mentality themselves and therefore have made it difficult for other groups to advocate and educate about the real psychopathology of brainwashing. In other words, people fall back on the archaic denotation of the word "cult" as "religious sect" and associate brainwashing in terms of belief and not manipulation and control, or blur the distinction between brainwashing and educative indoctrination. In the end things get really sticky, as modern cults have perfected various techniques and tactics, the most ironic of which is to play the role of an organization promoting free will and fighting against what they conveniently define as brainwashing to not include their own mind control. A common variation of this tactic is declaring the term brainwashing meaningless or even an offensive form of bigotry against religious freedom -- the ultimate and "politically correct" way to silence critics by putting themselves in the role of victim instead of the society they are themselves victimizing.
How can you defend him after the way he controls your life? You must be brainwashed. You must be pretty brainwashed to take out a second mortgage to attend those "self-help" courses. You only talk about the group you belong to and stopped doing the things you love and spending time with your friends. I know you seem very happy, but we're concerned that you might be brainwashed. Me miss the you that we know. If you knew you were brainwashed, you wouldn't have been brainwashed very well, right? Trust those who care about you that something is wrong. I'm not brainwashed! You just don't know the group like I do! They are the most loving, sane, spiritual people I will ever meet and all they want is to save the world! We know things that humanity will only some day understand like we do. You're the ones who are brainwashed, so I'm not allowed to talk to you anymore because you are interfering with my life progress! ... I mean it's MY choice and it's for my own good since you wont support me in this. Besides, I have to get ready for a mandatory cool aid party next week when the comet comes by. Have any clean pruning shears and a band-aid?

Monday, June 29, 2009

Praise the Lord readers, I pray that in this testimony/story you will find hope if you are hopeless, forgiveness if you are hurt, and the peace of God if you are troubled. I attended the faith tab upc church in juntion city kansas for years . At time that I attended LE Westburg was the pastor who is now deceased, Darlene Westberg also in my attendance there and now Edwin Young. I will begin by saying that I am not bitter I am just stating my testimony of what and how God brought me through. I attended their academy school Apostolic Academy as a junior and high school student. Previuosly I attened the public school and was a honor roll and staight A student I was very smart and focused. I have so many testimonies to tell but I only have time for this one right now. At the time of my high school attendace I realized that a paticular pattern atook place from nithngr ade and beyond.My parents paid for my tutions with money from their pockets. The teachers were Mrs. Allbritton and Mrs. Rodriguez.It was during those years and at such a young age of 16 and 17 that I experineced verbal and spiritual abuse instead of an education.I did not learn anything for three years. At the time I dated someone and one of the teachers would tell them not to to talk to me, I did not know why. I obeyed the rules of the church and school, was smart and never committed any sexual activities such as fornication with any one which was oppisite of what the person I had dated had done, so I was totally confused.The teachers were paid to teach with the money that came from my parents pockets. I would pretend that I was sick every morning and my mother would have to force me to go to school.I came home almost everyday from school crying from the verbal insults, attacks and false accusations.The teachers would start off the day with their routine parayer and devotion and then befor you knewhours later it was soon time for lunch, this would go on day after day. They would start by saying God gave them a word and then they would start describing situations without saying who they were talking about right in our faces. One teacher agreed that this was not right and that it was fine if we went to the Pastor about the costant gossiping and personal attacks. I was tired and weary of going to school everyday not afraid of a bully, but of being talked about everyday in my face, I had to learn and fight this battle on my own at such an early age intstead of being taught grammer and math it was hard for me to focus on anything after the attacks because I had to constantly wipe tears from my face.The issuse was then addresed to the pastor LE Westberg who said we should have came in sooner and that he would take care of the situation.I remember remember explaaining to him but coul only get one sentence out and then I burst into tears it because it was even to painful to explain. I cannot say he handelded the situation because the teacher continued to gossip and and talk about me and others behind my back and in my face. It was then when I asked God why?where do I go to now?do I seek help from others outside of the church?It was a very furstrating feeling and experience as a young person with no answerers.

God has been gracious to me, he allowed me to graduate from the school I attended with my degree. I remembered struggling in my Biology class not even knowing what a telescope was and ever seeing it before. But by the grace of God I made an A in my Biololgy class and others even though I did not enter college prepared.due to the years of unfair and a lack of proper education.My testimony is that God allowed me to learn and teach myself new things that I did not know even though, I had experienced numerous actions from negetivity and viscious bashings from unbriddled tongues.. during my previous high school years. I have forgiven and those situations and others only made me a stonger individual