Mind Control: Definition and Information

Is there really such a thing as "brainwashing," or "mind control"? What kind of person is susceptible? What exactly is a "cult" and how are followers controlled? How can one recognize an organization that engages in such practices, and should such organizations be held responsible for the damage intentional manipulation can cause?

The most insidious threat to our basic freedoms, such as freedom of mind and freedom of speech, is a little-known phenomenon known as mind control. As used by FACTNet, "mind control" refers to all coercive psychological systems, such as brainwashing, thought reform, and coercive persuasion. Mind control is the shaping of a person's attitudes, beliefs, and personality without the person's knowledge or consent. Mind control employs deceptive and surreptitious manipulation, usually in a group setting, for the financial or political profit of the manipulator. Mind control works by gradually exerting increasing control over individuals through a variety techniques, such as excessive repetition of routine activities, intense humiliation, or sleep deprivation.

As used by FACTNet, "cult" refers to a destructive group which uses mind control to deceivingly influence its members. It has become fairly standard to use this term for any organization or group which uses mind control on its members. Cults are not necessarily religious. A cult may form around any theme, such as a political, racial, psychotherapeutic, or even athletic agenda. FACTNet, along with most cult experts today, determines whether or not a group is cultic strictly by the mind control tactics the group uses, not by the group's beliefs.

For the protection of our basic human and constitutional rights, FACTNet hopes to provide a fundamental education on the subject of mind control so that you can protect yourself and your loved ones from any individual or organization that is engaging in this kind of manipulation.

  • Is someone trying to unethically influence you?
  • Continuum of Influence and Persuasion
  • Danger of Cults is Growing. [September 18, 1998]
  • Coercive Mind Control tactics, a short overview 
  • What is mind control?
  • How does mind control work
  • Q & A on mind control
  • Mind control and religion
  • Warning signs of a destructive cult
  • How to determine if a group is a destructive cult
  • Excerpts from "Cults in Our Midst," by Dr. Margaret Singer
  • Mind Control Exists
  • "How I healed the psychological injuries from my abuse in a cult" by Lawrence Wollersheim
  • We Strongly recommend that you read the CODE OF ETHICS FOR SPIRITUAL GUIDES

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