Interrogation & Brainwashing

Interrogation and brainwashing, are common methods of questioning detainees, by Police Military, and Intelligence Agencies.

Interrogation techniques are used for getting information from a suspect, witness or victim after a crime has been committed or from a detainee in a warfare situation. It is accusatory in nature, and the suspect is told that they committed the offense, and presented with facts to obtain a confession.

Persuasion is a form of social influence. It is the process of guiding people and oneself toward the adoption of an idea, attitude, or action by rational and symbolic means.

Brainwashing is the attempt to change the thoughts and beliefs of another person against their will. Motives for using brainwashing techniques may include the goal of affecting that individual’s value system and subsequent thought-patterns and behaviors.

The term ‘brainwashing’ first came into use in the English language in the 1950s. The Oxford English Dictionary records its earliest known English-language usage of ‘brain-washing’ by E. Hunter in New Leader on 7 October 1950. Some even say that Edward was ‘later revealed’ to have worked undercover for the Central Intelligence Agency.

In the brainwashing process, the agent systematically breaks down the target’s identity to the point that it doesn’t work anymore. The agent then replaces it with another set of behaviors, attitudes and beliefs that work in the target’s current environment.

This category thoroughly details the psychological aspects and techniques of interrogation, brainwashing and persuasion used by Police Military, and Intelligence Agencies from our collection of articles.