• The Rape of the Mind

  • The Psychology of Thought Control, Menticide, and Brainwashing
  • By: Dr. Joost A.M. Meerloo
  • Narrated by: Chris Matthews
  • Length: 10 hrs and 23 mins
  • 4.6 out of 5 stars (29 ratings)

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Since 1933, when a completely drugged and trial-conditioned human wreck confessed to having started the Reichstag fire in Berlin, Dr. Joost A. M. Meerloo has studied the methods by which systematic mental pressure brings people to abject submission, and by which totalitarians imprint their subjective "truth" onto their victims' minds. The first two-and-one-half years of WWII Dr. Meerloo spent under the pressure of Nazi-occupied Holland, witnessing firsthand the Nazi methods of mental torture on more than one occasion.

Then, after personal experiences with enforced interrogation, he escaped from a Nazi prison and certain death to England, where he was able, as Chief of the Psychological Department of the Netherlands Forces, to observe and study coercive methods officially.

After the war, he came to the United States. As more and more cases of thought control, brainwashing, and mental coercion were disclosed - Cardinal Mindszenty, Colonel Schwable, Robert Vogeler, and others - his interest grew. It was Dr. Meerloo who coined the word menticide, the killing of the spirit, for this peculiar crime.

It is Dr. Meerloo's position that through pressure on the weak points in men's makeup, totalitarian methods can turn anyone into a "traitor". And in The Rape of the Mind, he goes far beyond the direct military implications of mental torture to describing how our own culture unobtrusively shows symptoms of pressurizing people's minds. He presents a systematic analysis of the methods of brainwashing, mental torture, and coercion, and shows how totalitarian strategy, with its use of mass psychology, leads to systematized "rape of the mind".

He describes the new age of Cold War with its mental terror, verbocracy, and semantic fog, the use of fear as a tool of mass submission, and the problem of treason and loyalty, so loaded with dangerous confusion. The Rape of the Mind is written for the interested layman, not only for experts and scientists.

©2022 Joost Meerloo (P)2022 Joost Meerloo

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Life long book

Keeping this book in a digital and physical shelf! Must read again!
This book sharpens the mind!

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not a fan of the narrator

too good of a book the narrators syntax or fluctuations did not speak to the work of the author, it's like he doesn't know what he's reading, his voice does not match with the seriousness of the content, the narrator does not set the mood utterly terrible worse narration of her thus far love the book hate the narration.

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Powerful history written by one involved in the twentieth century

Mankind and governments have not changed since this book was written. Science is shown repeatedly used to control and mislead people, Governments and businesses using techniques to shape our behavior for the better good, which means less freedom for regular citizens and more profits for an elite few.

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i yhought it was very in lighting.

i loved it. i thought it was very interesting. i think everyone should read or listen to it. if you ever wondered if it was possible for media to influence you. Either in a bad or a good way. Then listen to this and you can find out. You will also see why they say believe nothing you hear and only believe half of what you see. listen to this it very interesting.