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Scientific journal Vestnik NSUEM

2020 year, number 4

ON THE METHODS OF INFLUENCING COLLECTIVE CONSCIOUSNESS

S. V. Nekrasov
Federal Center of Theoretical and Applied Sociology of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow, Russian Federation
Keywords: modern social reality, national security, methods of influence on collective consciousness, society, manipulation

Abstract

This article deals with the aspect of national security including mind control and methods of influence on collective consciousness, which appears to be relevant and enshrined in the regulatory state documents. The main content of the article considers both the process of mind control by which the hidden methods of socio-psychological influence are used and the instrumental methods themselves. Various interdisciplinary national scientific studies on this issue (sociology, psychology, political science, law, etc.) identified the key methods such as coercion, suggestion, conviction, propaganda, agitation, stereotyping (programming) and problematization. It is noted that the methods in their content and by type of influence are complementary and substitutable, and include variety of types and techniques. One also mentions the fact that there is no single integrated typology (classification) of these methods in modern scientific research field. Further broadening this line of scientific research and its thematic continuation, and integrating the most widespread but divided methods of influence on collective consciousness in the academic literature, the author proposes a structural integration of these methods into a single visual scheme.