Political indoctrination involves persuading people to adopt certain beliefs, ideas, values, and ideologies related to politics and governance. There are other forms of indoctrination, such as religious indoctrination, to which children are subjected, often in their homes, by their parents and in religious institutions. A French psychoanalyst, Clotaire Rapaille, argues that children are imprinted by their cultures during the first 7 years of their lives and these imprints shape their future behavior. The major schools of psychology, including behaviorism and cognitive psychology, all assume that socialization in the early years of life plays a highly important role in shaping adult behavior. It is reasonable to argue, then, that along with religious indoctrination, the political indoctrination process starts early in our lives.

Indoctrination is a “fuzzy” concept ...

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