Psychoanalysis and a brief history of mind control - EXPeditions

Psychoanalysis and a brief history of mind control

by Daniel Pick
  • 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.