I have since I was a kid been reading articles about "brainwashing." There have been some famous movies about it, such as The Manchurian Candidate or funnier ones such as The President's Analyst.
Some people apparently want to be brainwashed, otherwise we wouldn't have all these psycho "religious" cults. What did people get out these things? Community, meaning, purpose, certainty - even if they are Dwellers in the Mirage.
There is an old saying: "The map is not the terrain." The maps in our heads - the ideas in our heads - are not reality. The closer the ideas are to reality, the better they work. The worse they are, the worse they work.
I am a critic of the Manosphere, and have found the fanatics (who appear to be in their 20s and naive) think the ideas in the Manosphere are reality. In reality they're ideas imposed on reality.
Believers really think Alphas and Betas really exist, or shit tests, or the rest of that nonsense, and when opposing ideas are introduced, their minds shut up tighter than clams. This is called Cognitive Dissonance, and it hurts. Since their beliefs are false, they only have two defenses: ad hominem and rationalization.
The hallucinations are getting even weirder - "lower Betas," "upper Betas." They quite literally are hallucinations because they don't exist in reality. Greek letters describing reality?
They know nothing of what the Bible, a repository of great wisdom about men and women, says about them. They know nothing of Marcus Aurelius, or Rudyard Kipling, or St. Augustine, or Thomas Aquinas, or Julius Evola. Nothing.
How did these happen? They were never taught how men are supposed to act, they were never allowed to be boys, they were never allowed to play the way boys are supposed to play.
They were raised without fathers and by stupid women who didn't know shit. I've seen this many times.
They're clueless, lost and wandering, and when they run across the simplistic, easy-to-understand ideas in the Manosphere, they fall for them, since they never developed any analytical abilities - just like most women. Instead they get hysterical and insulting - just like women. They engage in herd behavior - just like women.
It is as clear as can be that the vast majority of those who believe the ideas in the Manosphere and think they have found the Keys to the Kingdom were raised with weak/nonexistent fathers, single mothers who didn't know what they hell they were doing, public schools run by dipshit women, a society that denigrates boys and elevates girls - and I have seen this many times.
When you're raised like that, you end up paranoid, thinking everyone is out to get you - just like the movie clip above.
"Fanatic narcissist (including paranoid features) - An individual whose self-esteem was severely arrested during childhood, who usually displays major paranoid tendencies, and who holds on to an illusion of omnipotence. These people are fighting delusions of insignificance and lost value, and trying to re-establish their self-esteem through grandiose fantasies and self-reinforcement." - Wikipedia