Battle For The Mind by William Sargant Free PDF book

Download Battle For The Mind by William Sargant Free PDF book (1957)

Battle For The Mind by William Sargant Free PDF book



how can an evangelist convert a hardboiled sophisticate? Why docs a PW sign a ‘confession* he knows is false? How is a criminal pressured into admitting his guilt? Do the evangelist, the PW*s captor, and the policeman use similar methods to gain their ends?


These and other compelling questions are discussed in Battle for the Mind. William Sargant, a leading physician in psychological medicine, spells out and illustrates the basic technique used by evangelists, psychiatrists, and brain-washers to disperse the patterns of belief and behavior already established in the minds of their hearers and to substitute new patterns for them. These and other compelling questions are discussed in Battle for the Mind. William Sargant, a leading physician in psychological medicine, spells out and illustrates the basic technique used by evangelists, psychiatrists, and brain-washers to disperse the patterns of belief and behavior already established in the minds of their hearers and to substitute new patterns for them.

‘This work is timely in our period of brain-washing, hidden persuaders, and the increasing dilution of psychiatry with mysticism and religion. It will stimulate the informed person interested in technics devised by men in power to control the thought and destiny of their fellowman."
N. Y. State Journal of Medicine
William Walters Sargant was a British psychiatrist who is remembered for the evangelical zeal with which he promoted treatments such as psychosurgery, deep sleep treatment, electroconvulsive therapy, and insulin shock therapy


Contents of the book

Introduction xix

1 Experiments in animals I

2 Animal and human behavior compared  21

3 The use of drugs in psychotherapy 43

4 Psychoanalysis, shock treatments and lobotomy 55

5 Techniques of religious conversion 73

6 Applications of religious techniques 105

7 Brain-washing in religion and politics 13 1

8 Brain-washing in ancient times

BY ROBERT GRAVES 167

9 The eliciting of confessions 179

10 Consolidation and prevention 219

11 General conclusions 237

Bibliography 243


Publication Date1957



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