Friday, September 1, 2017

What Does It Mean To "Doublethink"?

  • Introduction:
          -Quite simply, the word "doublethink" means to knowingly and intentionally uphold two contradictory positions at the same time. It is a manipulative technique that has been employed by leaders (especially in a political context and cults) to gradually indoctrinate people into accepting ideologies that are different than or contrary to conventional customs, traditions, beliefs, and standards of judgment. It is a convoluted thought process. In my opinion, George Orwell's book titled 1984 offers a great explanation of what it means to "doublethink":

            "...His mind slid away into the labyrinthine world of doublethink. To know and not to know, to be conscious of complete truthfulness while telling carefully constructed lies, to hold simultaneously two opinions which cancelled out, knowing them to be contradictory and believing in both of them, to use logic against logic, to repudiate morality while laying claim to it...to forget whatever it was necessary to forget, then to draw it back into memory again at the moment when it was needed, and then promptly forget it again, and above all, to apply the same process to the process itself-that was the ultimate subtlety: consciously to induce unconsciousness, and then, once again, to become unconscious of the act of hypnosis you had just performed. Even to understand the word "doublethink" involved the use of doublethink." (p. 35)

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