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Mind control

Posted by MV on October 20, 2002 at 23:56:46

Since going into therapy, I've been intrigued by the mind control aspect of cults, the f--king fam, in particular. I've aired some of my views about my coming to terms with my seeming "helplessness" in the mind manipulation game whilst still in bondage. Reading articles/books such as these help me tremendously in my understanding of the "slow boil" we all underwent. I hope it helps you too.

From Steve Hassan:
"Cult propagandists love to try to convince members that ≥mind control is not recognized by mental health professionals.≤...Another tactic cult public relations people like is to misquote legal decisions involving cults.

"Cult defenders confuse the public by promoting a primitive, robotic conception of mind control. They also proffer an erroneous picture of the viewpoints of both cult critics and ex-members. A popular argument among cult defenders is that the testimony of former members, or ≥apostates,≤ should not be considered reliable, because such people may have been prejudiced by their departure from the group. According to Melton, ≥hostile ex-members invariably shade the truth.
They invariably blow out of proportion minor incidents and turn them into major incidents.≤17 Ironically, cult defenders appear to ignore the possibility that the testimony of cult members
and leaders might be partisan."

"Most ex-members speak out at great personal risk and with little or no personal gain, other than the therapeutic effects of standing up to expose an injustice, and perhaps to help others.

Former cult members and their friends and family are survivors, and their testimony is powerful evidence that a person can walk away from a destructive group and go on to a lead a contented, productive life. Hearing their supportive and inspiring words can help set a confused, discontented cult member on the road to becoming a healthier, more fulfilled ex-member. By putting a face to the other side of the story, former members show your loved one that leaving is an option. Once this becomes a viable choice, it is usually only a matter of time before the
person decides to leave the group."