What is clear is that many hypnotic methods are used on these courses. So, I thought I would post this checklist that outlines the optimum conditions for brainwashing, thought reform, mind control, coercive persuasion - call it what you will - to occur.
If these conditions look familiar to you, and not all of them need apply , then ask yourself why the group you are dealing with needs to create such an environment.
IN ORDER TO INFLUENCE OR BRAINWASH PEOPLE, THE FOLLOWING METHODS WORK BEST:
Now, think critically about the group you are checking these criteria against. Try to objectively assess whether conditions similar to these are used. If they are, do Due Diligence. Research the group well. Take a look at the links provided to the right, do a Google search, and then make an informed decision.
Also, take a look at this video, called Mind Control Cults. It has been mentioned before on this blog, but this short satire is incredibly accurate and it contains a lot of the jargon and claims you might hear from a questionable group, organization or teacher.