Solitary Confinement and Brainwashing Techniques Simplified
A lot has been written about isolation of prisoners inside these small cages designed for one man and one man only. This form of isolation is formally called administrative segregation of problematic identified prisoners but there is much more to the concept. The concept was designed for one purpose and one purpose only. The conversion of thought and behaviors. The change of the mindset and reprogram it to do what those in power want him or her to do. It’s really as simple as that.
Now before you criticize me I will admit there is a secondary purpose and purpose is punishment. Physical and mental punishment because when you are taken away from other human beings you become vulnerable to change and the change imposed is harsh, cruel and involuntary but at the same time a designed deliberate occurrence to alter your thinking patterns.
Basically speaking, it’s an attack on your brain and your body at the same time but with different time lines. One takes longer than the other and it all depends on your individual willpower before you submit to both of these force. The specific target is to produce an identity crisis from within and create mass confusion inside the mind.
So the attack is both physical and psychological but subtle in a sense where you experience a metamorphic state of mind designed for control of behaviors and ultimately a change in beliefs. The constant attacks of the environment put around you impacts your ability to withstand these deliberate steps to change you and some are successful to resist such change but suffer consequences of receiving more punishment from the system that controls them.
Brainwashing can be done deliberately or as a form that is passively processed such as the Stockholm syndrome we all have heard about. The steps are simply inserted in the daily dialogue that attacks your identity, works on your ability to manage your guilt and eventually cause you to betray yourself or your principles that put there in isolation to start with. The physical part follows the mental steps as it changes your outlook..
You will reach a breaking point to some degree and ask for leniency as the guilt causes you to confess things you never thought you would give up on. This compulsion to confess is a driving factor and is the strongest indicator of the brainwash process that allows further steps to be imposed to further alter the behaviors or thinking patterns.
Once the confession comes into play the system will treat you different. They will offer you incentives and make things a little less stressful for you and lessen your environment a little bit at a time to make you think you earned these privileges they are “giving” you on good behaviors. This harmony with the environment foster better progress in the change mechanism and literally makes you a “new” man or woman depending on the gender.
So how does isolation break you down you ask? It puts you in a world of confusion and if you already have a mental illness or coping problem these conditions of confusion can lead to chaos or erratically described violent or unpredictable behaviors or worse, suicides as you really lose touch with your past and your world of reality.
Stronger individuals survive or resist these dynamics longer but if held in isolation long enough, a change does occur even if you want to deny they have occurred. It breaks the human spirit and it breaks the will of a human being from being under a constant attack. Once designed to convert soldiers from foe to friend, it is used to convert gangsters to compliant prisoners as they sell out their soul to keep what dignity hasn’t been stripped away.
It has been used to treat the non-mentally ill or behavioral antisocial personality disorders as it destroys the fiber that gives them strength and offers them incentives for changing or modifying their behaviors. This is one reason why a mentally ill person should never be locked down in an isolation environment as it triggers their psychosis to another critical level and can create difficult or fatal type of coping conditions for the prisoner, the staff and the system.