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Psychoanalysis and a brief history of mind control
by Daniel Pick
About this EXP
Daniel Pick, psychoanalyst and Professor of History at Birkbeck College, University of London, explains the science of influence and mind control.
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Key point 1
Early psychoanalytic insights into mind control and persuasion were realised by prominent psychoanalysts Sigmund Freud and Victor Tausk.
Key point 2
Debates concerning influence and free will occurred before Freud. Viennese doctor Franz Anton Mesmer developed his theory of animal magnetism in the late 18th century.
Key point 3
The psychoanalytic phenomenon of transference is crucial to understanding influence and persuasion. Indeed, political leaders may leverage the phenomenon to influence public opinion.
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