Disclaimer:The Dr. Evil Mind Control Theory has been sorced by several authorities on the internet and is intended to provide a basic understanding of "Mind Control" techniques.
It is not provided by Mr Andrew Jory, under the terms or conditions of international guidelines of practising Psychologists or Psychiatrists. Also note that "Dr. Evil" is not a Doctor.
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1. Regulation of individuals physical reality
a. Where, how and with whom the member lives and associates with b. What clothes, colors, hairstyles the person wears c. What food the person eats, drinks, adopts, and rejects d. How much sleep the person is able to have e. Financial dependence f. Little or no time spent on leisure, entertainment, vacations
2. Major time commitment required for indoctrination sessions and group rituals
3. Need to ask permission for major decisions
4. Need to report thoughts, feelings and activities to superiors
5. Rewards and punishments (behavior modification techniques- positive and negative).
5. Individualism discouraged; group think prevails
6. Rigid rules and regulations
7. Need for obedience and dependency
II. Information Control
1. Use of deception
a. Deliberately holding back information b. Distorting information to make it acceptable c. Outright lying
2. Access to non-cult sources of information minimized or discouraged
a. Books, articles, newspapers, magazines, TV, radio b. Critical information c. Former members d. Keep members so busy they dont have time to think
3. Compartmentalization of information; Outsider vs. Insider doctrines
a. Information is not freely accessible b. Information varies at different levels and missions within pyramid c. Leadership decides who "needs to know" what
4. Spying on other members is encouraged
a. Pairing up with "buddy" system to monitor and control b. Reporting deviant thoughts, feelings, and actions to leadership
5. Extensive use of cult generated information and propaganda
a. Newsletters, magazines, journals, audio tapes, videotapes, etc. b. Misquotations, statements taken out of context from non-cult sources
6. Unethical use of confession
a. Information about "sins" used to abolish identity boundaries b. Past "sins" used to manipulate and control; no forgiveness or absolution
III. Thought Control
1. Need to internalize the groups
doctrine as "Truth"
a. Map = Reality b. Black and White thinking c. Good vs. evil d. Us vs. them (inside vs. outside)
2. Adopt "loaded" language (characterized by "thought-terminating cliche's"). Words are the tools we use to think with. These "special" words constrict rather than expand understanding. They function to reduce complexities of experience into trite, platitudinous "buzz words".
3. Only "good" and "proper" thoughts are encouraged.
4. Thought-stopping techniques (to shut down "reality testing" by stopping "negative" thoughts and allowing only "good" thoughts); rejection of rational analysis, critical thinking, constructive criticism.
a. Denial, rationalization, justification, wishful thinking b. Chanting c. Meditating d. Praying e. Speaking in "tongues" f. Singing or humming
5. No critical questions about leader, doctrine, or policy seen as legitimate
6. No alternative belief systems viewed as legitimate, good, or useful
IV. Emotional Control
1. Manipulate and narrow the
range of a persons feelings.
2. Make the person feel like if there are ever any problems it is always their fault, never the leaders or the groups.
3. Excessive use of guilt
a. Identity guilt
1. Who you are (not living up to your potential) 2. Your family 3. Your past 4. Your affiliations 5. Your thoughts, feelings, actions
b. Social guilt c. Historical guilt
4. Excessive use of fear
a. Fear of thinking independently b. Fear of the "outside" world c. Fear of enemies d. Fear of losing ones "salvation" e. Fear of leaving the group or being shunned by group f. Fear of disapproval
7. Phobia indoctrination : programming of irrational fears of ever leaving the group or even questioning the leaders authority. The person under mind control cannot visualize a positive, fulfilled future without being in the group.
a. No happiness or fulfillment "outside" of the group b. Terrible consequences will take place if you leave: "hell"; "demon possession"; "incurable diseases"; "accidents"; "suicide"; "insanity"; "10,000 reincarnations"; etc. c. Shunning of leave takers. Fear of being rejected by friends, peers, and family. d. Never a legitimate reason to leave. From the groups perspective, people who leave are: "weak"; "undisciplined"; "unspiritual"; "worldly"; "brainwashed by family, counselors"; seduced by money, sex, rock and roll.
Thought control is used in varying degrees by schools, armies, governments and churches. It is easy for even the most intelligent person to succumbe to these techniques if it is essential for them to join the group in question. Sometimes people join these groups because the immediate principles espoused by these groups appeals to the person in question, it is only after many months of slow indoctrination and "Thought Control" techniques that they find themselves fully under control.