ERIC Number: ED031763
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1969
Reference Count: 0
Can You Brainwash for Democracy?
Lifton, Walter M.
This talk, presented at a symposium sets forth the concepts which the author believes provide the basis for deciding appropriate behavior in group settings. He also considers the functioning of the counselor in a social context, since traditional concepts of agency policy and the role of the counselor as a change agent now are undergoing rapid change. He feels that: (1) regardless of the worthiness of the goal, the means is still important, (2) social change cannot be brought about in a vacuum, (3) legitimate and workable alternatives to disruption must be provided, (4) society must work together rather than become polarized by extremist agitation, and (5) people have a right to dignity within a society which recognizes their individual differences. The author goes on to discuss those areas where he feels the profession should direct its attention as it seeks to improve the counselor's role in society. As behavioral scientists, counselors have a moral responsibility to evaluate the ways in which their activities affect society. They must ask from whom they derive their authority and to whom should they be accountable. (CJ)
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Authoring Institution: American Personnel and Guidance Association, Washington, DC.
Note: Paper was presented at the American Personnel and Guidance Association Convention, Las Vegas, Nevada, March 30-April 3, 1969.