Thought Reform and the Psychology of Totalism

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

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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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  • Paperback | 524 pages
  • 139.7 x 208.28 x 38.1mm | 635.03g
  • The University of North Carolina Press
  • Chapel Hill, United States
  • English
  • New edition
  • New edition
  • black & white illustrations
  • 0807842532
  • 9780807842539
  • 737,311

About Robert Jay Lifton

Robert Jay Lifton is lecturer on psychiatry at Harvard Medical School and author of Death in Life: Survivors of Hiroshima and The Nazi Doctors.
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