In order to ensure that you’re living a happy and fulfilled life, you need to know how to avoid being brainwashed. Brainwashing is a form of extreme manipulation and we are unintentionally brainwashed in so many ways by advertisers, television media, governments, and even religions. We are constantly being fed useless information that dictates how we should behave, dress, think and live our lives. Vulnerable people can easily fall prey to unconsciously adopting ideas that are being created by others, rather than thinking with their own minds. Brainwashing happens everywhere around us, even though sometimes we’re just too numb to see it. The good news is that every one of us can avoid getting brainwashed. Here are six ways to avoid brainwashing and start thinking for yourself!
We often don’t take the time to get to know ourselves better. So, take the time to think through your value system and find out who you are and what you enjoy. Let go of all expectations and idealized images of what your life is supposed to be like. Once you do that, you’ll be able to accept things in life for what they truly are. When you don’t know yourself, it’s much easier to get swayed in the wrong direction.
Think for Yourself
In these times of fast and annoying media and ever-growing Internet, we are constantly under so many bad external influences. This makes it really difficult to know when we are actually thinking for ourselves. You need to cultivate the ability to think for yourself. You can do this by understanding who you are and what you want. Do not let the media and marketing companies to tell you how you should look, act or feel. Be well-informed, flexible and use your curiosity to think out of the box.
Create a Vision for Your Life
It’s hard to be swayed off the path if you have a clear vision for your career and your life. On the other hand, if you don’t have a vision, you are more susceptible to brainwashing. So, take the time to identify what really matters to you and create a vision for your life. It’s also important to build a system for yourself, where you will review your vision and your goals regularly. Make your system a habit, something that you don’t have to remind yourself about.
Always Question Authority
The word “authority” derives from the word author, which means the one who originated the idea. Authority is needed to maintain order, but that doesn’t mean they are always right. It’s okay to question authority and get as many different opinions as possible before making a decision. Trust your common sense and don’t let anyone’s stupid ideas influence you.
Don’t Believe Everything The Media Says
The media is the biggest source of brainwashing today. Before believing what the media says, do your research and ask questions. Do not absorb like a sponge all that you see or hear. Of course, some mainstream media offer great content but viewers and readers should take it with a pinch of salt. There’s no need to go as far as to distrust mainstream media because after all, the media is still the main source of daily news and information for many people worldwide. However, be careful and don’t believe everything you see on television and don’t do anything that goes against your basic morality.
Listen to Your Gut
Listen to your gut instincts instead of brushing them aside, because they can make the decision-making process easier. Always follow your intuition and if you think something is not right, chances are it is.Your mind wants to prolong making an important decision until it gets all the facts straight. Many times after you’ve sorted everything out, you’ll find that your guts were right all along. So, save yourself some time and trust your feelings.