Do you think "brainwashing" is real or just imagined? Can someone be brainwashed or this used as an excuse to explain away mistakes and bad decisions? What is the difference between legitimate religious conversion and "cult brainwashing"? Where is the line between religious indoctrination or instruction and "brainwashing"?
Is brainwashing real? This is not your typical answer so read to the end of the post. Yes, brainwashing is real - but not from the "typical" suspects. Some people for reasons unbeknownst to me are desperately looking for other people to think for them and give up / cop out on taking the responsibility for thinking for themselves and actually swallow the BS dished out by whoever they’ve decided to relinquish their power to. - Be it "metal health" professionals, preachers or anything in between. (A Walter Mitty complex on steroids).
Some people are so weak they actually brainwash themselves into believing whatever stream of BS they bump into. They bring it on themselves. Best way to "deprogram" a devotee? Force 'em to think for themselves.
Where is the line between religious indoctrination or instruction and "brainwashing"? - Between yer ears.