I thought I'd add my opinion on Brainwashing.
In my view, when a person is down and out in life and desparately tries to seek answers for their sadness, anger or hatered that they may be experiencing, instead of facing the fact that life can just be hard at times and to simply accept that they are responsible ulitmately for it, they escape into an area in their mind that rescues them from their own responsibilities.
IMO, people who are down and out, may run out of coping mechanisms. Some may also have a glimmer in their heart that they really want things to get better.
Some may seek help and some may turn to not facing their own downfalls and begin to believe fantasies or stories, that relieves their sadness, anger or hatered and ultimately they create a reality that is not unique to their own thought.
IMO, sometimes these brainwashings are harmful especially as they are broadcasted into the public domain and used to gain control and to seek relief from their own demises.
IMO, if you accept your mistakes, move on and be happy that you are alive, healthy and well, happiness will soon follow and I am sure the belief of these brainwashings will soon ease up and you will realise how foolish you have been and realise just how much life you have been missing.
Ponder the thought of, the last time you look up into the night sky or gazed upon butterflies flying around in the sunlight around flowers or walking your dog down the lane as the sun is setting. This is no brainwashing, this is life and isn't it just beautiful.