Brainwashing and domestic violence

Is brainwashing happening next door to you? Or is it even closer?

Is brainwashing happening next door to you? Or is it even closer? Think ‘brainwashing’ and we might see a beam of light piercing the darkness and hitting the face of a soldier as his enemies break his will – and his mind. The term ‘brainwashing’ did start in the Korean War, but it’s happening in our very own communities. Domestic violence perpetrators often use brainwashing to gain control over their victims.

The following points come straight from a description of military style brainwashing. But’s it’s not hard to apply them to domestic violence. We have added the words in brackets as possible domestic violence examples.

1. Daily lectures (“This is how things will run around here.”)
2. Interrogation (“Where were you? And make it the truth!”)
3. Isolation (from friends, family, professional help and community in general).
4. Humiliation (confessions, forced self-criticism and much more).
5. Small rewards (gradually conforming the victim to the abuser’s will).

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