Do you doubt that your girlfriend’s ideas and values belong entirely to her? Do you notice that she easily gets manipulated by social norms and trends?
Then chances are that she’s been indoctrinated by society.
The concept of indoctrination has been used in the context of explaining the process through which individuals voluntarily adopt new ideas and beliefs.
Therefore, your girlfriend might be influenced to accept some norms even if they are not logical or make sense to her.
So, how can you tell if your girlfriend has been indoctrinated by society?
In this article, we will highlight some of the most visible signs that will help you determine whether your girlfriend has been indoctrinated by society.
9 signs your girlfriend is indoctrinated by society
1) She constantly follows popular culture
How often does your girlfriend go to the movies or watch popular TV programs?
If she is not going out of her way to do so, chances are that she is following popular culture.
For example, if your girlfriend likes to watch the latest TV series or movies, then chances are that she too has been indoctrinated by society.
No, I’m not saying here that there’s no way she can be watching these popular shows bu her decision, but there’s a high probability that she is following the trends.
And if that’s the case, she might be indoctrinated by society.
Why am I so sure?
Well, believe it or not, many people have the misconception that people who have been indoctrinated by society have completely lost their individuality.
However, this is not always the case.
They just follow the same trends as everyone else, but they do so in a way that does not stand out from the crowd.
Furthermore, people who frequently follow popular culture often have a very limited worldview. They are limited by their respective subcultures, and they have never had the chance to expand their worldview by learning about different cultures and different worldviews.
What does it mean?
It means that people who have been indoctrinated by society are often very culturally isolated.
Moreover, when people who have been indoctrinated by society meet someone from a different subculture, they often have a limited understanding of the other person’s worldview.
Thus, many couples struggle to understand each other because one of them has been indoctrinated by society and the other one has not.
In this regard, you should be aware that some people are not even aware that they have been indoctrinated by society. They don’t know it because they don’t consider themselves as part of a particular group or culture.
And chances are that your girlfriend is among these people.
2) She accepts social norms and values without questioning them first
When you ask your girlfriend about her views on certain issues, how often does she answer vaguely?
Is she not willing to give you any concrete answers?
Do you notice that she always gives vague responses when you ask her questions related to politics and social issues?
Does she always reply with some general statements when asked about her views on certain issues?
If the answer to any of the above questions is yes, then you might have a problem with your girlfriend.
Because people who accept social norms and values without questioning them first are often indoctrinated by society.
They accept the values of their culture and subculture without questioning them first.
In other words, they do not question whether these values are actually good for them or not. They simply accept them as it is because they have been indoctrinated by society and that’s all there is to it.
Now let me ask you a question: Do you think that your girlfriend has been indoctrinated by society? Or do you think she has enough common sense to question the social norms and values before accepting them?
Or maybe she considers herself an individualist and does not want to be influenced by mainstream culture.
But if she never questions the values and norms of our society, she will probably accept others’ world views unconditionally.
In this case, you should be aware that your girlfriend is one of the people who have been indoctrinated by society.
3) She unknowingly picks up toxic habits
If you notice that your girlfriend tends to be obsessed with some things, it might be because she has picked up these things from other people.
Maybe she develops some habits from her friends or family members.
For example, maybe she has been told that uploading new posts on Instagram every day is the cool thing to do.
Or maybe she has been indoctrinated by society and society tells her that it’s okay to be obsessed with shopping, eating out, partying, and other things that are not necessarily good for one’s health.
By the way, I think it’s obvious that your girlfriend might have picked up some toxic habits from other people.
But before you stop worrying about her spiritual journey and the fact that she’s been indoctrinated, let me ask you a question:
When it comes to your own personal spiritual journey, which toxic habits have you unknowingly picked up?
Is it the need to be positive all the time? Is it a sense of superiority over those who lack spiritual awareness?
Even well-meaning gurus and experts can get it wrong.
The result is that you end up achieving the opposite of what you’re searching for. You do more to harm yourself than to heal.
You may even hurt those around you.
In this eye-opening video, the shaman Rudá Iandé explains how so many of us fall into the toxic spirituality trap. He himself went through a similar experience at the start of his journey.
As he mentions in the video, spirituality should be about empowering yourself. Not suppressing emotions, not judging others, but forming a pure connection with who you are at your core.
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Even if you’re well into your spiritual journey, it’s never too late to unlearn the myths you’ve bought for truth!
And that way, you can help your girlfriend rediscover her individuality and get free of society’s beliefs too!
4) She’s scared of sounding “shallow” or “uncool”
I know that this is a problem for many people, but it’s something I’ve been through myself.
When you’re in a relationship, you start to feel like you have to say the right things at the right time. And if your girlfriend happens to be in the same relationship, it can get even more complicated!
The truth is that sometimes saying the “right thing” or being “cool” can make you seem shallow or uncool. And this can put her off!
But there’s no need to worry. If she’s not sure what she wants to say, she’ll be happy just to listen and learn from your wisdom.
However, another indicator that your girlfriend has been indoctrinated by society is that she gets extremely anxious when she is criticized for being “shallow” or “uncool.”
And guess what?
She might even agree with you that she is “shallow” or “uncool.”
Therefore, when you accuse her of “shallow” or “uncool” behavior, she panics. She thinks that she may actually be “shallow” or “uncool,” and that is very scary for her.
She might even convince herself that she is “shallow” or “uncool.”
So is there anything you can do to help her?
Actually, there is.
You might have to help her understand that criticism does not mean that she is “shallow” or “uncool”; it just means that she has been criticized for being “shallow” or “uncool.”
So, if you tell her that she is not “shallow” or “uncool,” she might be more willing to accept it.
5) She does not challenge the status quo
Ever noticed that your girlfriend does not question things that are taught to her by society?
For instance, if she hears that it is “unacceptable” to date someone who is not successful, she will not even ask why it is unacceptable.
But you know what?
If you have a girlfriend who does not challenge the status quo, this is a big problem. Why?
Because your girlfriend cannot grow spiritually until she starts questioning the rules of society.
This is because there are no rules for her to follow! She has to find her own way.
The simple truth is that many people have the misconception that people who have been indoctrinated by society do not challenge norms.
If you disagree with your girlfriend and try to challenge her norms, she might get scared.
She thinks that she might actually challenge the norms, and that is very scary for her. She might even convince herself that she does challenge the norms, and that is very scary for her.
Therefore, when you challenge her norms, she might not challenge the norms, but she might challenge the norms in her head.
So, you might have to help her understand that criticism does not mean that she is “challenging the norms”; it just means that she has been criticized for “challenging the norms.”
But it’s a good thing! So, make sure to help her understand that.
6) She prefers to keep up with the trends
Now let me ask you something:
How many times have you noticed that your girlfriend is not really excited to try new things?
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You know, when you invite her to go out with you and she says, “Well, I don’t really feel like it.”
Ever noticed that? If so, you might have also noticed that your girlfriend prefers to keep up with the latest trends.
You see, if you have a girlfriend who prefers to keep up with the trends, then she might be afraid to contradict the mainstream opinion.
To make matters worse, she might convince herself that she is actually challenging the norms, when in fact, she is not.
This is because if you are always with someone who does not challenge the status quo, then you will naturally be influenced by her.
As a result, your thinking might become similar to hers.
For example, if you do not challenge the mainstream opinion on something like living together before marriage or having kids later in life, then you might think that these are “unacceptable” ideas as well.
You might even start thinking that your girlfriend already has these views and that they are “unacceptable” for her.
Do you see where we’re going with this?
Well, if you have a girlfriend who prefers to keep up with the trends, you should make sure to help her understand that there are no rules for her. She has to find her own way.
She is not going to be able to grow spiritually until she starts questioning the rules of society and discovers what is really true for herself.
If you want your girlfriend to grow spiritually, then make sure that you help her discover what is true for herself by teaching her how spiritual growth begins with accepting other people’s opinions and ideas as well as challenging them when they are wrong!
This is because there’s nothing good about following existing trends! She has to find her own way.
7) She constantly conforms to social norms
At a first glance, there’s nothing wrong with conforming to social norms.
In fact, it’s a good thing if you do so and you keep on conforming to them.
But there’s one thing that I want your girlfriend to know:
Conformity can turn into a bad thing if we’re not aware of what’s happening around us.
Let me explain.
When you conform to the norms of society, you’re just like everyone else. And this makes you feel like you’re “normal” or “average”.
And this means that you’re not unique, special, or interesting enough. And this is why we get bored of our lives and become depressed.
Because guess what?
Conforming to already existing norms means losing your individuality. And when you lose your individuality, you become a slave to society.
You’re not in control of your own life anymore. And this is why we feel like we’re living a “normal” life and that makes us feel like we don’t have a purpose in life anymore.
But I’m sure that you want more from life than just conformity to the norms of society.
So what if you could change your girlfriend’s conforming nature and help her rediscover her individuality?
The truth is, most of us never realize how much power and potential lies within us.
We become bogged down by continuous conditioning from society, the media, our education system, and more.
The reality we create becomes detached from the reality that lives within our consciousness.
I learned this (and much more) from the world-renowned shaman Rudá Iandé. In this excellent free video, Rudá explains how you can lift the mental chains and get back to the core of your being.
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8) Your girlfriend is addicted to social media
Have you already noticed how much your girlfriend believes in the power of social media?
If so, then you might have noticed that she is so addicted to social media that she thinks that all of her friends and family members are on social media as well.
She also thinks that if her friends or family members are not on social media, then they are not really “connected” to her.
Now, let me ask you something:
Is your girlfriend obsessed with social media? Do you notice that she frequently checks her Facebook or Instagram on her phone?
If she is constantly checking it, chances are that she has been indoctrinated by society.
In fact, people tend to believe in more things after seeing them on social media. It’s like an illusion of truth!
But how often do you think your girlfriend actually spends time talking with her friends and family members?
I mean, do you think that your girlfriend actually spends time talking with them on the phone or in-person? Or do you think she just talks with them online?
If you answered the latter, then I am sorry to tell you that your girlfriend’s social media addiction might be affecting her relationship with the people she loves most.
And the reason is that she’s indoctrinated by society.
She believes that if someone is not on social media, then they’re not really “connected” to her.
And this is why she’s constantly checking her phone or computer while you’re trying to have a conversation with her.
This is also why she’s addicted to social media!
And you know what?
As studies show, social media addiction has a negative impact on our mental health and psychological well-being.
And this means that your girlfriend may become even more addicted to social media in the future.
9) She’s afraid to stand up for herself and take control of her life
And the one last sign that your girlfriend is indoctrinated by society is that she’s afraid to stand up for herself and take control of her life.
She’s afraid to stand up for herself and take control of her life because she thinks that it’s a sign of weakness.
And what’s worse, your girlfriend thinks that you will reject her for standing up for herself and taking control of her life.
Now, let me ask you something:
How many times have you rejected your girlfriend because she stood up for herself and took control of her life?
And the answer is: zero!
For example, when your girlfriend says that she doesn’t want to go on a vacation with you, what do you do?
You ignore it and pretend as if nothing happened.
This is because the message your girl wants to send to society is that she doesn’t want to be controlled by others. She wants to stand up for herself and take control of her life.
This is why she’s afraid to protect her own unique beliefs and values.
And this also means that she’s indoctrinated by society!
How can you help her rediscover her individuality?
As you can see, there are many ways in which society can influence someone and get them to accept norms and values that are not logical or that do not make sense to them.
This happens when someone is not confident in their own beliefs, values, and behaviors.
If you notice that your girlfriend has been influenced by society, you can help her rediscover her individuality by encouraging her to think independently and by discussing the importance of making her own decisions rather than following social norms and values.
This will help her find her own values, rather than constantly trying to keep up with the latest trends.
But how can you do this?
Well, supporting her to make her own decisions, rather than constantly trying to get her to agree with you.
For example, if you notice that your girlfriend has been influenced by society, you can help her rediscover her individuality by discussing the importance of making her own decisions rather than following social norms and values.
Just try to prove to her that she’s following the norms and trends of society, rather than her own unique beliefs and values.
This is a great way of getting your girlfriend to rediscover her individuality.
And this will also help her find her own values, rather than constantly trying to keep up with the latest trends.
All in all, when you’re in a relationship with a girl, you will start to notice certain things about her.
But if you notice that the signs above are in line with her observations, then her behavior might be influenced by society. She might be indoctrinated by society.
And this will also make it harder for you to get your girlfriend to rediscover her individuality.
But if you’re able to find the right way of convincing your girlfriend that she has been influenced by society, then this will help her rediscover her individuality and find her own unique beliefs and values.
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