Robert Jay Lifton
| Robert Jay Lifton |
|Born||May 16, 1926|
Brooklyn, New York
Robert Jay Lifton is a psychologist who has been particularly interested in the relationship between individual psychology and historical change, and in problems surrounding the extreme historical situations of our era. He has taken an active part in the formation of the new field of psychohistory.
Criticism of the "War on Terror"
In his 2000 book, Destroying the World to Save It: Aum Shinrikyo, Apocalyptic Violence, and the New Global Terrorism, Lifton applied his original ideas about thought reform to Aum Shinrikyo and the "War on Terror", concluding that in this context thought reform was possible without violence or physical coercion. He also pointed out that governments were also using mind control techniques including thought-terminating clichés to promote the "war on terror".
- Destroying the World to Save It: Aum Shinrikyo, Apocalyptic Violence, and the New Global Terrorism, Owl Books, 2000.