Mind Control techniques


Inducing a state of high suggestibility by hypnosis, often thinly disguised as relaxation or meditation.

Peer Group Pressure

Suppressing doubt and resistance to new ideas by exploiting the need to belong.

Love Bombing

Creating a sense of family and belonging through hugging, kissing, touching and flattery.

Rejection of Old Values

Accelerating acceptance of new life style by constantly denouncing former values and beliefs.

Confusing Doctrine

Encouraging blind acceptance and rejection of logic through complex lectures on an incomprehensible doctrine.


Implanting subliminal messages by stressing certain key words or phrases in long, confusing lectures.

Removal of Privacy

Achieving loss of ability to evaluate logically by preventing private contemplation.

Time Sense Deprivation

Destroying ability to evaluate information, personal reactions, and body functions in relation to passage of time by removing all clocks and watches.


Encouraging child-like obedience by orchestrating child-like behaviour.

Uncompromising Rules

Inducing regression and disorientation by soliciting agreement to seemingly simple rules which regulate mealtimes, bathroom breaks and use of medications.

Verbal Abuse

Desensitizing through bombardment with foul and abusive language.

Sleep Deprivation and Fatigue

Creating disorientation and vulnerability by prolonging mental an physical activity and withholding adequate rest and sleep.

Dress Codes

Removing individuality by demanding conformity to the group dress code.

Chanting and Singing

Eliminanting non-cult ideas through group repetition of mind-narrowing chants or phrases.


Encouraging the destruction of individual ego through confession of personal weaknesses and innermost feelings of doubt.

Financial Commitment

Achieving increased dependence on the group by 'burning bridges' to the past, through the donation of assets.

Finger Pointing

Creating a false sense of righteousness by pointing to the shortcomings of the outside world and other cults.

Flaunting Hierarch

Promoting acceptance of cult authority by promising advancement, power and salvation.


Inducing loss of reality by physical separation from family, friends, society and rational references.

Controlled Approval

Maintaining vulnerability and confusion by alternately rewarding and punishing similar actions.

Change of Diet

Creating disorientation and increased susceptibility to emotional arousal by depriving the nervous system of necessary nutrients through the use of special diets and/or fasting.


Inducing dependence on the group by introducing games with obscure rules.

No Questions

Accomplishing automatic acceptance of beliefs by discouraging questions.


Reinforcing the need for 'salvation' by exaggerating the sins of the former lifestyles.


Maintaining loyalty and obedience to the group by threatening soul, life or limb for the slightest 'negative' thought, word or deed.

Replacement of Relationships

Destroying pre-cult families by arranging cult marriages and 'families'.