Common Characteristics of a Mind Control Enviroment
* manipulation, deception, dependency and isolation
* all the other churches are dead and unspiritual
* demanding a one-over-one discipling relationship
* has turned his back on all his friends
* spending more and more time with the group
* secret meetings
* moved into the groups headquarters
* the cult member refuses to respond to letters and phone calls (or answer any questions, instead, talk
about the weather. Completely ignoring your direct questions).
Abuse of Power
* psychological blackmail
* threatening prophecies
* gives group large sums of money
* the group will extract as much money as it can
* members's leader wants to get his hands on family property and savings
* the leader wanted to have sex with me.
Creation of the Cult Identity
* I don't recognize my own bright, warm and loving son
* controlled my behavior, my thoughts and my emotions
* a cult member is like an actor/they actually come to believe the "role" is reality
If more than ONE of these characteristics sound familiar, there is a Good chance that the group
in question is a destructive cult.
Margaret Singer, studied the effects of thought reform on Korean War Prisoners. Singer, who has
gone on to do pioneering work in the field of cult mind control, summarizes fifty years of her work on
thought reform processes in her book "Cults in Our Midst" she lays out six conditions for thought reform.
SINGER'S SIX CONDITIONS FOR THOUGHT REFORM
1. Gaining control over a person's time, especially his thinking time and physical environment.
2. Creating a sense of powerlessness, fear, and dependency in the recruit, while providing models that
demonstrate the new behavior that leadership want to produce.
3. Manipulating rewards, punishments and experiences in order to suppress the recruits former social behavior
and attitudes, including the use of altered states of consciousness to manipulate experience.
4. Manipulating rewards, punishments and experiences in order to elicit the behavior and attitudes that leadership wants
5. Creating a tighly controlled system with a closed system of logic, wherein those who dissent are made
to feel as though their questioning indicates that there is something inherently wrong with them.
6. Keeping recruits unaware and uninformed that there is an agenda to control or change them- Leadership
cannot carry out a thought reform program with a person's full capacity and informed consent.
NOTE* Taken from Steve Hassan's book "Releasing the Bonds