isbon: And you know what’s weird about these guys? None of them seem to give a damn. A colleague of theirs falls out of the sky and they seem OK with it. Is that guilt or indifference?
Jane: Corporate brainwashing. Turns them into robots. Grief isn’t productive, and that’s all.
Lisbon: I don’t buy that. People make up their own minds. You can’t brainwash them.
Jane: Sure you can. That’s what these corporate retreats are all about. It’s primitive brainwashing via group suffering. It’s like office karaoke or fraternity hazing.
Lisbon: How so?
Jane: When the individual is humiliated, their perceived value of the group is raised.
Lisbon: I went on a retreat when I got promoted to head of the unit. I mean, I wasn’t humiliated. I wasn’t brainwashed.
Jane: So you say.
- Patrick Jane to Teresa Lisbon, The Mentalist, written by Bruno Heller.
Originally published June 11, 2009