autosuggestion n. influencing one's attitudes or behavior through self-suggestion

What's the word if it's someone else doing the suggestion, as often happens in cultish 'brainwashing'? E.g., a group of people meditates. As the leader lulls them into a semi-awake state, he drops ideas into their subconscious mind. Then they begin to see things as suggested.

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    How about just plain "suggestion"?
    – Lawrence
    Oct 21, 2015 at 11:02
  • @Lawrence, why didn't I think of that? Thanks!
    – Kumara
    Oct 22, 2015 at 8:52

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from google:

"control or influence (a person or situation) cleverly or unscrupulously."


the masses were deceived and manipulated by a tiny group"


Indoctrination comes to mind:

  • teaching someone to accept doctrines uncritically

though brainwashing also fits:

  • forcible indoctrination into a new set of attitudes and beliefs

The Free Dictionary


Insinuate. Reference : Collins


Consider mental conditioning.

Cult brainwashing vs. mental conditioning Ex Family

The mind control and mental conditioning in a cult is a deplorable way to govern a society An Unusual Journey: My Life in a Cult

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