a reply to: BeefNoMeat
You know what's weird?
I've been under the impression that it's basically the complete opposite of what you are proposing, that it's harder to brainwash someone already set
in their ways and doing so would require a lot more work; like torture and kidnapping and total isolation amongst questioning and pushing new doctrine
on the subject. However with children, because of the very nature of their developing brains... it's far easier to trap their minds, and brainwashing
is very real, and it wouldn't take as much work. Just because the methods are slightly different, does it mean it's not brainwashing?
I still think that you are wrong by stating that brainwashing only deals with fully developed brains but I do understand that there is a difference
between what happens to children and what happens to adults and I think that you shouldn't minimize what happens to children because of their
developing natures. Maybe that's not what you intended but, why isn't it brainwashing? If brainwashing is defined by methods alone then fine, but a
child can be isolated and tortured just as much as an adult. And when children are brainwashed... it's very hard for them to ever come out of it-
simply because they never knew any other way. Whereas an adult who's lived a fairly normal average life has a whole lot of normalcy to return to.
The adult has a foundation of "normal" to revert back to after a brainwashing event, whereas children don't have that.
But anyhow, you've lead me to do some more reading and this is a pretty tricky subject since there's no way to really study it via experimentation
since it would violate all kinds of human rights. So the only way to really learn anything about it... are by historical cases and cults and stuff
like that. Or from personal experience.
I'm going to tell you a little how it began.
A teacher made sexual advances on me but I decided I didn't want to further engage with him so I ignored him and completely disrespected him by
ignoring his future advances (when he asked to speak to me after class I'd slip out and pretend like I forgot) and etc. Prior to that he favored me
and isolated me from the class with awkward conversations and questions. After some days or weeks of ignoring him... I started feeling normal again
when suddenly... another teacher assaulted me in the others name, and he wasn't nice at all about it. I went to my teacher intending to demand that
he not tell anyone else about me, but I ended up begging him instead and folding. Because wasn't my teacher nicer to me? Didn't he care about my
feelings? Shouldn't I do what I was told... or else I might get hurt? And so on and so forth. This sneaky scheme introduced the punishment/reward,
and trust me he did make me feel good... he was very nice to me, when I was doing what he wanted. And also, there were other men involved too who
surprised me in their involvement and with my cursed imagination I had this sense that anyone could be "in on it" and you never know who. So anyone
could punish me anywhere I was, basically, if I didn't obey or please them.
Yes, I intended to tell a parent immediately after the first incident but... it simply didn't work out.
Another note: this happened within the span of 2 years in school, from 13 years old to 15 years old. Maybe I wasn't kidnapped, though... something
happened. More than one thing of course. And maybe I wasn't beaten but... some kind of torture, for hours. A different kind. And definitely
psychological harassment and having short conversations/arguments where I was essentially introduced to a new belief that this stuff happens all the
time behind closed doors it's just the way the world is but most people can't know about it because they're idiots and have to follow laws but we're
smarter, better, and faster aren't we? Basically I was made to feel very special and unique. And maybe it didn't happen every day of the school week
and the records will show that my attendance fell dramatically due to avoiding school in order to avoid the situation... but, then it followed me out
of school, too.
Whenever I tried to tell someone how I felt deep down inside it was brushed aside in a sort of disbelief, like they just thought I was having a rough
time with puberty and/or dramatizing and being overly emotional. It's so easy to trap someone when most people will never... ever believe that you
can even have sad feelings. Maybe my case didn't involve the harshest methods of brainwashing but whatever it was, it trapped me. And you know what,
something in my childhood set me up for this for sure, a week away from home when I was very very young. Unconnected perhaps but it set me up to be
able to endure future specific abuses and kind of marked me as a target in a way.
And maybe I'm weak because it didn't take much at all to convince me that I couldn't escape. But I've always pushed boundaries, yes I have, like when
I decided to ignore him or by avoiding school altogether- and even right now. If what I'm telling is true then I'm really pushing it.
Oh and, my body randomly developed an incurable auto-immune disease about 2 years ago when I was 30 years old probably due to the stress of what I was
facing. Now I need treatment daily in order to survive. TMI? But honestly it's really only been in the past few years that I've been... facing the