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Discussion about Mind Control

This information is from an information brochure distributed at one time on the campus of the University of Waterloo.

What Is A Cult?

A cult:

  • uses psychologically coercive techniques in order to recruit and indoctrinate its members.
  • maintains that the end justifies the means.
  • forms an elitist, totalitarian society.
  • has a self-appointed, charismatic, messianic, dogmatic leader, who demands total devotion.
  • obtains funds through deception for the personal gain and/or power of its leader, but performs no real service to society.

Psychological Coercion

The two basic principles of psychological coercion are:

  1. If you can make a person behave the way you want, you can make that person believe the way you want.
  2. Sudden, drastic changes in environment lead to heightened suggestibility and to drastic changes in attitudes and beliefs.
Mind Control Techniques
Replacement of Relationships
Maintaining loyalty and obedience to the group by threatening soul, life, or limb for the slightest negative thought, word, or deed.
Fear
Destroying pre-cult families by arranging cult marriages and families.
Hypnosis
Inducing a state of high suggestibility by hypnosis, often thinly disguised as meditation.
Peer Group Pressure
Suppressive doubt and resistance to new ideas by exploiting the need to belong.
Love Bombing
Creating a sense of family and belonging through hugging, kissing, touching, and flattery.
Rejection of Old Values
Accelerating acceptance of new lifestyle by constantly denouncing former values and beliefs.
Confusing Doctrine
Encouraging blind acceptance and rejection of logic through complex lectures on incomprehensible doctrine.
Dress Codes
Removing individuality by demanding conformity to the group dress code.
No Questions
Accomplishing automatic acceptance of beliefs by discouraging questions.
Metacommunication
Implanting subliminal messages by stressing certain keywords or phrases in long, confusing lectures.
Removal of Privacy
Achieving loss of ability to evaluate logically by preventing private contemplation.
Time-Sense Deprivation
Destroying ability to evaluate information, personal reactions, and body functions in relation to passage of time by removing all clocks and watches.
Disinhibition
Encouraging child-like obedience by orchestrating child-like behavior.
Uncompromising Rules
Inducing regression and disorientation by soliciting agreement to seemingly simple rules which regulate mealtimes, bathroom breaks, and use of medications.
Verbal Abuse
Desensitizing through bombardment with foul and abusive language.
Games
Inducing dependence on the group by introducing games with obscure rules.
Guilt
Reinforcing the need for salvation by exaggerating the sins of the former lifestyle.
Change of Diet
Creating disorientation and increased susceptibility to emotional arousal by depriving the nervous system of necessary nutrients through the use of special diets.
Sleep Deprivation and Fatigue
Creating disorientation and vulnerability by prolonging mental and physical activity and withholding adequate rest and sleep.
Chanting and Singing
Eliminating non-cult ideas through group repetition of mind-narrowing chants or phrases.
Confession
Encouraging the destruction of individual ego through confession of personal weaknesses and innermost feelings of doubts.
Financial Commitment
Achieving increase dependence on the group by burning bridges to the past, through the donation of assets.
Finger Pointing
Creating a false sense of righteousness by pointing to the shortcomings of the outside world and other cults.
Flaunting Hierarchy
Promoting acceptance of cult authority by promising advancement, power, and salvation.
Isolation
Inducing loss of reality by physical separation from society and rational references.
Controlled Approval
Maintaining vulnerability and confusion by alternately rewarding and punishing similar actions.