Friday, November 17, 2006

Conditions for Mind Control

Plenty of accusations get bandied back and forth between pro-Large Group Awareness Training (LGAT) people and anti-LGAT people about the methods used on these courses. Some call them cults. Some say they aren't cults. Others say they use cult-like methods, while their opponents deny this.

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.


  • Isolate them in new surroundings apart from old friends or reference-points
  • Provide them with instant acceptance from a seemingly loving group
  • Keep them away from competing or critical ideas
  • Provide an authority figure that everyone seems to acknowledge as having some special skill or awareness
  • Provide a philosophy that seems logical and appears to answer all or the most important questions in life
  • Structure all or most activities so that there is little time for privacy or independent action or thought
  • Provide a sense of "us" versus "them"
  • Promise instant or imminent solutions to deep or long-term problems
  • And employ covert or disguised hypnotic techniques.

  • 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.

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