View Full Version : Thought Reform and the Psychology of Totalism: A Study of 'Brainwashing' in China

12-24-13, 03:43 PM
1500 (http://www.amazon.com/Thought-Reform-Psychology-Totalism-Brainwashing/dp/0807842532)

Informed by Erik Erikson's concept of the formation of ego identity, this book, which first appreared in 1961, is an analysis of the experiences of fifteen Chinese citizens and twenty-five Westerners who underwent "brainwashing" by the Communist Chinese government. Robert Lifton constructs these case histories through personal interviews and outlines a thematic pattern of death and rebirth, accompanied by feelings of guilt, that characterizes the process of "thought reform" In a new preface, Lifton addresses the implications of his model for the study of American religious cults.

This book may be available online in PDF format. Self-determination may relate to awareness of techniques utilized to exert undue influence.

1502 (http://www.jstor.org/discover/10.2307/2753250)

The U.S.'s "introduction" to Sino-Russian mind control techniques is also referred to in a book called The Book of Honor.

1501 (http://www.amazon.com/Book-Honor-Covert-Classified-Deaths/dp/0385492936/)