Manipulation Info

Lohan2008

Gold Meritorious Patron
Deception lies at the core of mind-manipulation groups.

Therefore, many victims of such groups are not fully aware of the extent to which they have been abused and exploited, these victims may be members of religious cults, extremist fundamentalist sects, psychological cults, political cults or certain large awareness trainings. The following statements, to the group with which you our a family member is involved may help determine if this involvement is cause for concern, if you check any of these items as characterising the group in question, and particularity if you check most of them, it may be advisable for you to begin to ask questions about the group and its relationship to you and your loved ones.

The group is focused on a charismatic leader (usually living) to whom members seem to display excessively zealous, unquestioning commitment.

The group is preoccupied with bringing in new members.

The group is preoccupied with making money.

Questioning, doubt, and dissent are discouraged or even punished.

Mind-numbing techniques (for example meditating, chanting, speaking in tongues, debilitating work routines) are used to suppress doubt about the group or its leader(s).

The group’s leaders dictates – sometimes in great detail – how members should think, act and feel (for example: members must get permission from leaders to date, to change jobs, to get married, leaders may prescribe what type of clothes to wear, how much and type of makeup to put on, how to discipline children, etc, etc)

The group is Elitist, claiming a special, exalted status for itself, its leader(s) and members (for example, the leader is considered the Messiah and the group has a special mission to save humanity).

The group is polarised, “we-they” mentality that causes conflict with the wider society.

The group’s leader is not accountable to any authorities (as are, for example, military commanders and ministers, priests, monks and rabbis of mainstream denominations).

The group teaches or implies that its supposedly exalted ends justify the means (eg: collecting money for bogus charities) that members would have considered unethical before joining the group.

The group’s leadership induces guilt feelings in members in order to control them.

Members’ subservience to the group causes them to cut ties with family, friends, and personal pre-group goals and interests.

Members are expected to devote inordinate amount of time to the group.

Members are encouraged or required to live and/or socialise only with other group members.

(reprinted from “Captive Hearts, Captive Minds” by Tobias & Lalich, Hunter House 1994).
 

Voltaire's Child

Fool on the Hill
TRs aren't mind numbing, though. In fact, they make a person more alert.

Students who are on course, which is usually when TRs are done, have to be well fed, well rested. That goes double for anyone receiving auditing.

Does CofS deprive staff of food and rest at time? Absolutely. And frequently, at that. But not to do "mind numbing" techniques. No, they just work 'em half to death.
 

Dulloldfart

Squirrel Extraordinaire
TRs aren't mind numbing, though. In fact, they make a person more alert.

Students who are on course, which is usually when TRs are done, have to be well fed, well rested. That goes double for anyone receiving auditing.

Does CofS deprive staff of food and rest at time? Absolutely. And frequently, at that. But not to do "mind numbing" techniques. No, they just work 'em half to death.

Very true. The CofS uses other means to "suppress doubt about the group or its leader(s)." :)

But you have to admit the CofS scores pretty high on that checklist.

Paul
 
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