Nazi Indoctrination And Adolescence : The Nazis

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Nazi Indoctrination and Adolescence The Nazis, short for National Socialists, are sometimes considered to be the most infamous people in history. They managed to utilize an immense, young, nationalistic population to carry out their plans through the notions of mass suggestion (O 'Shaughnessy, 2009). Nazis, who were composed of half World War I veterans and half young adults around college age, used many different tactics to have a strong appeal towards the latter. First, the young person’s brain is not fully developed, and was therefore manipulated in various ways by the Nazis (Pauer-Studer & Velleman, 2011). Second, at this stage in life, adolescents’ emerging identities can be compromised by their environment (Feldman, R.S., 2015, p. 281). Finally, most humans, especially adolescents, constantly seek conformity to a group while maintaining some individual differences (Pagaard, 2015). Therefore, the perpetrators of Nazi crimes often aimed many aspects of their campaign towards teenagers and young adults in order to take advantage of their vulnerable positions in society. As the brain is not fully developed until the age of twenty-five, this weakness is used to institute indoctrination among the masses. According to Piaget, this is the Formal operational stage, in which people develop the ability to think abstractly, using logic to consider problems never met before. They are able to divide their attention, discern between different factors, and think hypothetically…

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