Essay about Brave New World - Psychology Aspect

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A big theme in the book Brave New World by Aldous Huxley is the idea of psychology as a means to control the masses and by default society. Psychology is a very broad subject that covers many opinions and ideas. We’re going to cover five psychologists who come from either the psychoanalytic or behaviorist section of psychology. These theories and beliefs they have convey the messages and ideas of control, sleep teaching, and conditioning. These ideas and opinions helped shape several bits and pieces in this novel. There are several different psychologists who discovered ideas that lead to the idea of controlling people. Most of them did not start out or even work towards the idea of controlling someone. So up first on our tour of …show more content…
But it can only influence people with moral and society ideas. So they wouldn’t be able to force them to do certain things but I guess it isn’t wrong that they could convince them that it is morally okay to do that thing. To enforce these ideas, they have to be rather repetitive with the messages they are sending to them. For example, in the beginning of the book, the Director is talking about how their sleep teaching methods work. The phrase they have on repeat is telling a certain group of children, in this case Betas, that they should be happy to be one and why the other classes, Deltas and Epsilons, are less than they are. After this was explained. He said, "They'll have that repeated forty or fifty times more before they wake; then again on Thursday, and again on Saturday. A hundred and twenty times three times a week for thirty months. After which they go on to a more advanced lesson.”
Sleep teaching in Brave New World came from the ideas and beliefs of psychologists B.F. Skinner and Sigmund Freud. Let’s start with Skinner. B.F. Skinner, the father of operant conditioning, was focused on the message of conditioning. He believed that if you rewarded someone for an action that action would continue. He created the “Skinner Box”, a maze in which he experimented his theory on animals. He would place a mouse at one end of the maze and food at the other end of the maze. The more often the mouse did the maze, the quicker