Brainwashing and behavior modification are two techniques used to re-train the mind and replace information that has already been stored in the brain. Brainwashing involves intensive, forced instruction that destroys a person’s convictions and beliefs by replacing them with other values. This type of training usually involves some kind of punishment. Behavior modification is therapy to re-train the mind, but it does not normally include punishment. If punishment is used, it’s normally mild. Behavior modification produces desirable effects; whereas, brainwashing produces damaging effects. These two methods, though, are similar to each other.
These methods are techniques used in parenting, even though nobody thinks of it in that way. However, training a child from infancy involves a mind that is without previous knowledge. After a baby is born, the first information being brought to his brain is stored for the very first time. Keep in mind that information, regardless as to whether used in child-rearing, behavior modification or brainwashing, can include inaccurate knowledge. Verbal information can be either damaging or helpful to the thinking ability of a person’s mind, even if there is no physical punishment involved.
Once information is placed into the brain, especially early in life when the brain is void of knowledge, and continues to be stored for many years, it’Ëœs harder to replace it with new information, even if the information that is stored is proven to be false.
Brainwashing is considered to be more of a control than that of child-rearing. It’s supposed to be anyway, but in reality, child-rearing can be just as controlling. It all depends on the parents and the way in which they raise their children. In reality, in many cases, there is no difference between brainwashing and child-rearing, except that one replaces the other.
If a parent teaches a child true or false information, a child normally believes what she is told without any questions. As she gets older, she usually retains this information unless something in life comes along to prove otherwise. Throughout the years, the brain can acquire much knowledge; however, this information does not necessarily make the individual intelligent.
Some children are raised with constant insults and physical abuse throughout their childhood. This can be very damaging, because it causes low self-esteem. If this same child were suddenly re-taught with compliments and praise, it would take some time before he could accept the new information as truth; that is, if he can accept it at all.
About eighty percent of all illnesses are due to mental stress and disorders. Many of these stress related situations can be avoided, but because of our upbringing, we lack the ability to cope with them. Many problems in a person’s life are related to his early life, because early life is what determines how he views the world around him. Most mental illnesses (maybe more than is realized) are the result of childhood abuse. All people today are damaged to one degree or another.
To know how to discipline a child is very important, yet, it is a knowledge that most parents never acquire. Using punishment as a way to discipline is unhealthy for both the child and the parent. Children are innocent, regardless as to their behavior, and pain should never be used to correct them. Babies are going to cry, throw tantrums, etc., and this is all perfectly normal behavior. A child should never be punished for acting normal. Yes, children are born with a nature that responds in a particular way to certain stimuli. This behavior is not evil. Many churches teach that children are born with an evil nature. This is untrue. Remember, the Bible teaches that all people must become as little children to enter the Kingdom of God.
To be a good parent requires patience. This is an ability that most people never acquire. For the sake of our children, we need to learn to be patient. Children grow up to imitate actions more so than they behave according to past verbal teachings. Parents must set an example if they expect their children to grow up to be well adjusted adults. Children are more likely to listen to the words of an authority figure who is kind to them. In other words, be your child’s best friend, and make it easy for him to come to you with any problems that he may encounter.