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Saturday, 31 July 2010

American Soldiers Brainwashed with "Positive Thinking"

 

The U.S. military has become increasingly excited about positive psychology techniques. Maybe a better route would be to offer soldiers respect for their critical thinking While U.S. military psychiatrists are prescribing increasing amounts of chill pills, America's psychologists are teaching soldiers how to think more positively about their tours in Afghanistan, Iraq, and wherever else they are next ordered to kill the bad guys and win the hearts and minds of everyone else. The U.S. Army is planning to require that all 1.1 million of its soldiers take intensive training in positive psychology and emotional resiliency. Army Research Psychologist Capt. Paul Lester, who leads the assessment of the program, told the National Psychologist ("Army to Train its Own in Positive Psychology," July/August 2010), "As far as I can tell this is the largest, deliberate, psychological intervention in human history. . . . We don't know when the global war on terrorism is going to end so we're preparing to have to be engaged for a long period of time." Lester said the program would develop "communication skills, cognitive reforming skills and help soldiers not to catastrophize -- don't think of the worse case scenario about every potential problem." The program also teaches soldiers to focus on "expressing appreciation" and "correcting negative views of ambiguous events."

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