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4,583. Despite mankind’s great advances with abstract ideas and manufactured objects we remain nonetheless creatures of vigorous animal action. (Man & Psychology & Animals & Action & Creature) Desmond Morris, author The Naked Ape
23,004. I don’t consider Psychology a science and neither did Dr Lecter. (Murder Films & Psychology) Hannibal 2000 starring Anthony Hopkins & Julianne Moore & Gary Oldman & Ray Liotta & Frankie Faison & Giancarlo Giannini & Francesca Neri & David Andrews & Francis Guianan et al, director Ridley Scott, black man opening scene
50,242. Bernays really is the guy within the United States more than anybody else who brings to the table psychological theory as something that is an essential part of how from the corporate side we are going to appeal to the masses effectively. (Propaganda & Psychology & Public Relations) Stuart Ewen, Public Relations historian
86,014. They said psychoanalytical thinking could make for the betterment of society. Because you could change the way the mind functioned. And you take the ways in which people did hurtful things to themselves and others and alter them by enlarging their understanding. And this was the vision psychoanalysis brought. That you could really change people. And that you change them in almost limitless ways. (Psychology & Change) Dr Robert Wallerstein, psychoanalyst Menninger Clinic
53,905. It’s a very powerful route into trying to understand human psychology. (God & Psychology) Professor Quentin Skinner, Renowned Academics Speaking About God
4,576. The only real danger that exists is man himself. He is the great danger ... We are the origin of all coming evil. (Man & Danger & Evil & Psychiatry & Psychology) Carl Jung
86,021. The meeting of two personalities is like the contact of two chemical substances: if there is any reaction, both are transformed. (Psychology & Personality & Relationship) Carl Jung, Modern Man in Search of a Soul 1933
86,026. The divided self. (Psychology & Psychiatry & Self & Division & Mental Health) R D Laing, title of book on schizophrenia 1960
86,030. We are all murderers and prostitutes – no matter to what culture, society, class, nation one belongs, no matter how normal, moral, or mature, one takes oneself to be. (Psychology & Psychiatry & Murder & Prostitute) R D Laing
100,367. The Cold War - it is about a group of scientists who believed they had found for the first time ever a way of controlling the human mind. (Reality & Brainwashing & Psychiatry & Psychology & Memory & Mind Control) Adam Curtis, The Living Dead II: You Have Used Me As A Fish Long Enough, BBC 1995
100,368. Memory became a weapon in a confrontation between Russia and America. (Reality & Brainwashing & Psychiatry & Psychology & Memory & Mind Control) ibid.
6,514. Cameron had begun a series of experiments to try and brainwash the memories in his patients. He called it psychic driving. (Reality & Brainwashing & Psychiatry & Psychology & Memory & Mind Control) ibid.
100,369. He [Cameron] had published a paper about his work called Brainwashing Canadian Style. (Reality & Brainwashing & Psychiatry & Psychology & Memory & Mind Control) ibid.
80,739. In the early ’60s Laing set up a psychiatric practice in Harley Street in London. He offered radical new treatments for schizophrenia and quickly became a media celebrity. But his research into the causes of schizophrenia convinced him that a much wider range of human problems were caused by the pressure-cooker of family life. Laing decided to investigate how power and control were exercised within the world of normal families. And to do this he would use the techniques of game theory. (Freedom & Maths & Family & Game Theory & Mental Health & Psychology & Psychiatry) Adam Curtis, The Trap I: Fuck You, Buddy
72,268. Laing produced matrices which showed how just as in the Cold War couples use their everyday actions as strategies to control and manipulate each other. His conclusion was stark. That what was normally seen as acts of kindness and love were in reality weapons used selfishly to exert power and control. From this research, Laing argued that the modern family, far from being a nurturing caring institution, was in reality a dark arena where people played continuous selfish games with each other. (Freedom & Family & Game & Mental Health & Psychology & Psychiatry) ibid.
86,033. Psychiatry, said Laing, was a fake science used as a system of political control to shore up a violent collapsing society. Its categories of madness and sanity had no reality. Madness was simply a convenient label used to lock away those who wanted to break free. (Psychology & Freedom & Society & Control & Madness & Mental Health & Psychiatry) ibid.
100,185. All human judgment would be removed and replaced instead by a system based on the power of numbers … American psychiatry created a new set of measurable categories that were only based on the surface behaviour of human beings. (Freedom & Mental Health & Behaviour & Psychology & Psychiatry) ibid.
50,238. A new theory of human nature was put forward by Sigmund Freud. He had discovered he said primitive sexual and aggressive forces hidden deep inside the minds of all human beings. (Self & Propaganda & Psychology) Adam Curtis, The Century of the Self I: Happiness Machines
100,374. Bernays was the first person to take Freud’s ideas and use them to manipulate the masses. He showed American corporations for the first time how they could make people want things they didn’t need by linking mass-produced goods to their unconscious desires. Out of this would come a new political idea of how to control the masses. By satisfying people’s inner selfish desires, one made them happy and thus docile. It was the start of the all-consuming self which has come to dominate our world today. (Propaganda & Psychology & Masses & Advertising & Self) ibid.
100,375. Bernays returned to New York and set up as a public relations counsel in a small office off Broadway. It was the first time the term had been used. (Propaganda & Psychology & Self & Public Relations & Advertising) ibid.
100,376. He wondered if he could make money by manipulating the unconscious. (Propaganda & Psychology & Self & Public Relations & Advertising) ibid.
50,239. Bernays set out to experiment with the minds of the popular classes. His most dramatic experiment was to persuade women to smoke. At that time there was a taboo against women smoking. And one of his early clients, George Hill, the president of the American tobacco corporation, asked Bernays to find ways of breaking it. (Propaganda & Psychology & Masses & Advertising & Tobacco & Smoking) ibid.
100,377. It made him [Bernays] realise that it was possible to persuade people to behave irrationally if you linked products to their emotional desires and feeling. The idea that smoking actually made women freer was completely irrational but it made them feel independent. (Propaganda & Psychology & Self & Public Relations & Advertising & Irrationality & Smoking) ibid.
100,378. For the first time politics became involved in public relations. (Propaganda & Psychology & Self & Public Relations) ibid.
100,383. This is the story of how Sigmund Freud’s ideas about the unconscious of the mind were used by those in power in post-War America to try and control the masses. (Psychology & Consumer & Masses & Propaganda & Consent & Mind Control) Adam Curtis, The Century of the Self II: The Engineering of Consent
100,384. Psychoanalysts were about to move into big business and use their techniques not just to create model citizens but model consumers. (Psychology & Consumer & Propaganda & Consent & Mind Control) ibid.
100,385. He called it The Engineering of Consent. (Psychology & Consumer & Propaganda & Consent & Mind Control) ibid.
6,515. But the idea that it was necessary to manipulate the inner feelings of the American population in the interests of fighting the Cold War now began to take root in Washington. Above all in the CIA who were going to take it much further. They were concerned that the Soviets were experimenting with psychological methods to actually alter the memories and feelings of people. The aim being to produce more controllable citizens. It was known as brain-washing. Psychologists in the CIA were convinced that really might be possible and that they should try to do it themselves. In the late fifties the CIA poured millions of dollars into the psychology departments across America. They were secretly funding experiments on how to alter and control the inner drives of human beings. (Mind Control & Brainwashing & CIA & Experiment & Psychology & Psychiatry & Propaganda & Consent & Consumer) Adam Curtis, The Century of the Self II: The Engineering of Consent
6,516. In fact Cameron’s experiments were a complete disaster. All he managed to produce were dozens of individuals with memory loss, and the ability to repeat the phrase, I am at ease with myself. And it was not an isolated case. Almost all the experiments the CIA funded were equally unsuccessful. Despite their ambitions, American psychologists were beginning to find out how difficult it was to understand and control the inner workings of the human mind. (Mind Control & Brainwashing & CIA & Experiment & Psychology & Psychiatry & Propaganda & Consent & Consumer) ibid.
86,034. At the same time [as the CIA’s mind-control experiments], an onslaught was launched on the way psychoanalysis was being used by business to control people. The first blow came with the best seller The Hidden Persuaders, written by Vance Packard. It accused psychoanalysts of reducing the American people to emotional puppets whose only function was to keep the mass-production lines running. (Psychology & Psychiatry & Consumer & Propaganda & Consent & Mind Control) ibid.
100,386. What in fact emerged from this revolution was the very opposite, an isolated, vulnerable and above all greedy self, far more open to manipulation by business and politics. (Psychology & Psychiatry & Consumer & Propaganda & Consent & Mind Control & Self) Adam Curtis, The Century of the Self III: There is a Policeman Inside All Our Heads, BBC 2002
86,035. In the 1950s a small group of renegade psychoanalysts began a new form of psychotherapy. They worked in small rooms in New York City and encouraged their patients to express their feelings openly. It was a direct attack on the ideas of Freudian psychoanalysts who had become rich and powerful teaching Americans how to control their feelings. (Psychology & Psychiatry & Consumer & Propaganda & Consent & Mind Control & Self) ibid.