By Maarten Derksen

The dream of keep an eye on over human behaviour is an previous dream, shared by means of many cultures. This attention-grabbing account of the histories of human engineering describes how applied sciences of dealing with participants and teams have been constructed from the 19th century to the current day, starting from brainwashing and brain keep watch over to Dale Carnegie's paintings of facing humans. Derksen finds that universal to them all is the perpetual stress among the need to regulate people's behaviour and the resistance this provokes. hence to steer other folks effectively, expertise needed to be mixed with tact: with a private contact, with a sophisticated trace, or with outright deception, manipulations are made palatable or invisible. Combining mental historical past and conception with insights from technological know-how and expertise reviews and rhetorical scholarship, Derksen bargains a clean point of view on human engineering that would attract these drawn to the background of psychology and the heritage of technology.

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