How to Keep Yourself from Getting Brainwashed

Brainwashing as a technique where the abuser or exploiter tries to exercise psychical control over you has been practiced since time immemorial. However the term ‘brainwashing’ was coined in the fifties of the 20th Cent by Edward Hunter-an American journalist. Techniques and methods of brainwashing have been documented in Scientology texts and in the ‘Book of the Dead’ that were written by Egyptian priests circa 1500BC.

Brainwashing procedures and methods have been extensively used by dictators, renegades, extremists, terrorists, cult leaders, occult societies, psychics, voodooists, and even by domineering parents and partners. Firearms, drugs, and mystical powers are not exploited to influence you psyche but the schemes are invariably unethical. Nowadays, almost every power politician, statesman or diplomat, advertisers, manufacturers, and media barons take advantage of brainwashing modes to create an impact.

Brainwashing or mind control that generally used to be practiced in an extreme form by cult members of Ku Klux Klan or Freemasonry are now being exploited by the aforementioned professionals. Some of the most noteworthy techniques of brainwashing include selecting from a plethora of options all of which have the same end and constantly hammering you with a specific image, tagline or expression so that it gets ingrained in your consciousness. The best way to avoid getting indoctrinated or brainwashed is to shut self out of the medium-the brainwasher.

However, it is easier said than done as doing so would require you to isolate yourself from the society. After all, you cannot completely stop watching TV or enjoying the movies so what you’d need to do is to follow the middle path or try to seek balance in whatever you say or do. You can adopt the following strategies:-

  • Understand the signs, signals, and messages related to manipulation
  • Try to look for messages and signals that can counteract or neutralize the manipulative ones
  • Always keep yourself posted on latest information about as many topics and themes that are trending currently

Why Domestic Violence is a Major Social Issue

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Domestic violence is a social ill or a public health issue that’s not limited to any particular strata of society in low-income countries but is a worldwide phenomenon. Statistically speaking, nearly 7.7 million people have to put up with domestic violence annually out of which 4.8 million happen to be women. The ramifications of domestic abuse and violence can indeed be profound permanently scarring the lives of countless individuals.

People all over the world are increasingly waking up to the disgust and dreadfulness of domestic violence and how the same can adversely impact the victims both mentally and physically. Victims of domestic violence increasingly suffer from PTSD, depression, anxiety as well as are extremely vulnerable to asthma, strokes, drug abuse, and heart disease. Those who are subjected to domestic violence from an early age right from their childhood bear the scars all through their lives as a result of which a majority of them die prematurely.

Healthcare provided to the sufferers and victims of domestic violence costs upwards of $5 billion every year and approximately 8 million workdays are lost annually. Contrary to popular belief, domestic violence doesn’t only imply physical torture or abuse. Domestic aggression and torture also takes the forms of economic, sexual, verbal, and psychological abuse.

Domestic violence, physically and emotionally, doesn’t discriminate between economic classes, religion, sex or culture. Though the majority of victims invariably happen to be women, the elderly, children, and even healthy men are not free from abuse that happens inside homes. For that matter, LGBT relationships are also besmirched by domestic violence.

It is imperative that we understand the implications of domestic violence not only on a macro (society and economy) basis but also on a micro basis (families). We should the best we can to address domestic violence per se, empathize with the victims, and look for ways to check it.

How to Salvage a Relationship on the Verge of Breaking

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Relationships are not complicated or indefinable or change with time, its people who’re complex and difficult to fathom. Its individuals like me and you who keep on pulling the strings in order to control our partners’ actions and events because we want everything to be perfect in a relationship. Unfortunately, the bitter truth is that despite the best efforts, most of us are not able to keep a relationship from falling apart.

More often than not, a relationship splutters, chokes, and ultimately breaks down not because of incompatibility but because the partners didn’t do enough to prevent the breakup. There are some strained relationships that have reached a point of no-return so attempting to salvage them would be a futile exercise but there are associations which can still be salvaged if partners sincerely try to.

  1. It’s the ‘we’ in a relationship and not ‘I’

Though this goes without saying, it takes two individuals to forge a relationship, nurture the association, and keep it going. So, when you’re in a relationship, the ‘I’ becomes ‘we’ which implies you must rein in your ‘ego’ whenever there’s an argument over an issue. In a relationship, the needs, preferences, and interests of your partner matter as much as yours. Try to respect the feelings and emotions of your mate who’s as much human as you are.

  1. Communicate meaningfully

Always try to communicate and convey your thoughts and feelings in a proper manner as well as learn to realize when to speak up and when not to.

  1. Relive the past

Visit some of the spots and places where you two used to spend a lot of time when the relationship was in a developmental phase.

  1. Be a little more submissive

You don’t always have to show that you’re wearing the pants in a relationship. Remember the bonding is more about give and take and less about domination.

  1. Be reciprocal in your dealings and approach      

If you wish the relationship to last, then you should be reciprocal and mutual in your dealings-live by the rules that you’d expect your partner to follow.