LDR 531 Week 6 - DQ's - 7802

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·         Socialization could be compared to brainwashing. What are differences between the two? How may socialization be used ethically in an organization?

 

According to New World Encyclopedia brainwashing refers to the systematic application of coercive techniques to change the beliefs or behavior of one or more people, usually for political or religious purposes. The term brainwashing was originally used in the United States to explain why, compared to earlier wars, a relatively high percentage of captured American prisoners of war during the Korean War defected to the Communists. Popular speech continues to use the word "brainwashed" informally and pejoratively to describe persons subjected to intensive influence resulting in the rejection of old beliefs and in the acceptance of new ones; or to account for someone who holds strong ideas considered to be implausible and that seem resistant to evidence, common sense, experience, and logic. Such popular usage often implies a belief that the ideas of the allegedly brainwashed person developed under some external influence such as books, television programs, television commercials (as producing "brainwashed consumers"), video games, religious groups, political groups, or other people.

On the other hand socialization is the process of social learning. A good example is when we watch an infant and how that infant relates to her / his mother. The infant is learning to be a human being, experimenting with the things that will enable her / him to communicate with others. This social learning continues throughout our life time, we constantly learn and relearn things. There are different types of socialization agents such as family, school, and peer groups like in one’s work. According to Richard H. Anderson, the Department of Sociology and the University of Colorado at Denver as the name suggests these are friends and associates with whom we interact on a regular basis. Socialization and conformity is informal, that is, there is no deliberate agenda for what is learned or taught. The rules are often made up as we go along.

When some organizations have certain socialization programs among employees to learn to get along better and to know their differences learn their skills, etc. people tend to think this is sort of brainwashing. The thing one must do is to modify your behavior like any organization or group there are norms, rules, regulations one just have to learn to live with them.

 

 

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·         Socialization could be compared to brainwashing. What are differences between the two? How may socialization be used ethically in an organization?

 

According to New World Encyclopedia brainwashing