The Power of Words Research – Indoctrination

Linking the power of words to the original idea of blindly believing in the news, I have come to Indoctrination.

Here is the three definitions of indoctrinate:

  1. to instruct in a doctrine, principle, ideology, etc.,especially to imbue with a specific        partisan or biased belief or point of view.
  2. to teach or inculcate.
  3. to imbue with learning.

History of Indoctrination

Indoctrination has been used by many great powers throughout history. Indoctrination has been used through many different mediums and methods, for example with the Nazi’s and there Hitler Youth they manipulated the schools education which twisted the children’s views on certain subjects, causing the children to believe in the Nazi ideology.

Throughout history many influential leaders have always mentioned similar things when it comes to indoctrination, here is a list similar to that which most leaders have used.

  1. Start as early as possible.
  2. Persistently teach and praise the desired doctrine over a long period of time, preferably years.
  3. Demonize alternative views and/or insulate the child from them.
  4. Teach the child that he is not capable of making decisions about beliefs for himself (i.e., that obedience to authority is paramount).
  5. Make the child believe that he owes it to you to uphold your worldview. Make him believe he has a debt to pay. In short, use guilt.
  6. Discourage doubt by characterizing it as a weakness.
  7. Immerse the child in a social environment composed only of people with the same beliefs.

There is even a hitler quote where he suggests most of this.

These boys and girls enter our organizations at ten years of age, and often for the first time get a little fresh air; after four years of the Young Folk they go on to the Hitler Youth, where we have them for another four years . . . And even if they are still not complete National Socialists, they go to Labor Service and are smoothed out there for another six, seven months . . . And whatever class consciousness or social status might still be left . . . the Wehrmacht will take care of that. (Adolf Hitler, 1938)

Examples of Indoctrination posters/artwork:


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Indoctrinating colour schemes

Colour meanings – 


It is associated with energy, war, danger, strength, power, determination as well as passion, desire, and love.

It enhances human metabolism, increases respiration rate, and raises blood pressure. It has very high visibility, which is why stop signs, stoplights, and fire equipment are usually painted red. In heraldry, red is used to indicate courage. It is a colour found in many national flags.


Combining the colours red and yellow it is associated with joy, sunshine, and the tropics. Orange represents enthusiasm, fascination, happiness, creativity, determination, attraction, success, encouragement, and stimulation.

Orange is associated with healthy food and stimulates appetite. Orange is the colour of fall and harvest.


It’s associated with joy, happiness, intellect, and energy.

Yellow produces a warming effect, arouses cheerfulness, stimulates mental activity, and generates muscle energy. Yellow is often associated with food. Bright, pure yellow is an attention getter, which is the reason taxicabs are painted this colour.


It symbolises growth, harmony, freshness, and fertility. Green has strong emotional correspondence with safety. Dark green is also commonly associated with money.

Green has great healing power. It is the most restful colour for the human eye; it can improve vision. Green suggests stability and endurance. Sometimes green denotes lack of experience.

Green is used to indicate safety when advertising drugs and medical products.


It is often associated with depth and stability. It symbolises trust, loyalty, wisdom, confidence, intelligence, faith, truth, and heaven.

Blue is considered beneficial to the mind and body. It slows human metabolism and produces a calming effect. Blue is strongly associated with tranquility and calmness.

Blue is avoided when promoting food and cooking, because blue suppresses appetite. When used together with warm colours like yellow or red, blue can create high-impact, vibrant designs; for example, blue-yellow-red is a perfect colour scheme for a superhero.


Purple is a combination of both red and blue therefore contains both their traits and meanings. Purple is associated with royalty. It symbolises power, nobility, luxury, and ambition. It conveys wealth and extravagance. Purple is associated with wisdom, dignity, independence, creativity, mystery, and magic.

Light purple evokes romantic and nostalgic feelings. dark purple evokes gloom and sad feelings, It can cause frustration.


White is associated with light, goodness, innocence, purity, and virginity. It is considered to be the colour of perfection.

In advertising, white is associated with coolness and cleanliness because it’s the colour of snow. You can use white to suggest simplicity in high-tech products.


Black is associated with power, elegance, formality, death, evil, and mystery.

Black is a mysterious color associated with fear and the unknown. Black denotes strength and authority; it is considered to be a very formal, elegant, and prestigious colour.

The most common colours used in Indoctrination artwork (propaganda) are all really striking, bold and powerful colours designed to grab you attention, mostly black, red, white and sometimes yellow.


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