Bootcamp brainwashing - attitude adjustment
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© 2003 squaddie John
Many organisations now run induction programmes that attempt to instil a new set of values in recruits. These are mostly following the authoritarian basic training routines established by the military boot camps, taken up by the religious sects (or the other way around!) and now established as part of corporate human resources policy. Boot camp programs are also being used to attempt to correct deviant and criminal behaviour.
The bootcamp principle is to take a group of people away from normal life and to return them to productive life with specific values and culture. Brainwashing was an extreme version notorious in the twentieth century Cold War, clearly a human rights violation.
Some components of an induction programme:
These situations expose a delegate to be more likely to accept a new set of values if these are offered. Ready availability of socially acceptable drugs such as alcohol also assist in lowering inhibitions.
Group pressure is important in giving approval to the process and isolating individuals.
The desired result of a successful induction course is a group of individuals with common values and knowledge. Downsides are a loss of independence, individuality and creativity; the ability of a recruit to question the aims of the group is diminished; destabilisation of identity may be dangerous.
In an erotic context, these techniques can be used to facilitate or force changes in the personality of the recruit. Group activities are difficult to achieve in civilian life but the changes wrought are more deep-seated and long-lasting.
In a consensual recreational context, one on one situations are more common and these attitude adjustment techniques can be used with a consensual, erotic intent.
mental health is as important as physical health: the changes induced by "brainwashing" may be permanent and/or undesirable.
"Brainwashing" techniques can be dangerous and should not be attempted without experience, care and consideration for the recruit who is the subject.
For this reason this page specifically omits crucial details of the procedures that may be used for successful "brainwashing".
Examples from my own experience:
(I note on re-reading these descriptions that I have written then with some distance between myself, my memory and the Master who attempted to "brainwash" me. I believe this is a long-lasting defence mechanism against these powerful and mentally threatening techniques.)
Has anyone ever attempted to brainwash you in a consensual SM context? Did you realise it at the time? Do you regard it as mental rape?
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