Thought Reform and the Psychology of Totalism: A Study of "brainwashing" in China

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UNC Press Books, 1989 - Psychology - 510 pages
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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.
  

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This book invented the term "thought terminating cliché". I'm looking forward to reading this. Read full review

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Contents

THE PROBLEM
1
WHAT IS BRAINWASHING?
3
RESEARCH IN HONG KONG
8
REEDUCATION DR VINCENT
19
FATHER LUCA THE FALSE CONFESSION
38
PSYCHOLOGICAL STEPS
65
VARIETIES OF RESPONSE THE OBVIOUSLY CONFUSED
86
VARIETIES OF RESPONSE APPARENT CONVERTS
117
A CHINESE ODYSSEY
274
THE OLDER GENERATION ROBERT CHAO
301
GEORGE CHEN THE CONVERSIONS OF YOUTH
313
GRACE WU MUSIC AND REFORM
338
CULTURAL PERSPECTIVES THE FATE OF FILIAL PIETY
359
CULTURAL PERSPECTIVES ORIGINS
388
CULTURAL PERSPECTIVES IMPACT
399
IDEOLOGICAL TOTALISM
419

VARIETIES OF RESPONSE APPARENT RESISTERS
133
GROUP REFORM DOUBLEEDGED LEADERSHIP
152
FOLLOWUP VISITS
185
FATHER SIMON THE CONVERTED JESUIT
207
RECOVERY AND RENEWAL A SUMMING UP
222
THE ENCOUNTER
243
THE REVOLUTIONARY UNIVERSITY MR HU
253
APPROACHES TO REEDUCATION
438
OPEN PERSONAL CHANGE
462
A CONFESSION DOCUMENT
473
NOTES
485
INDEX
505
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A distinguished professor of psychology & psychiatry at John Jay College & the Graduate Center of the City University of New York, Robert Jay Lifton is the author of many important works, including "The Nazis Doctors," winner of the "Los Angeles Times" Book Prize, & "Death in Life," winner of a National Book Award.

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