Mind Control

Mind control is also known as manipulation, thought reform, brainwashing, mental control, coercive persuasion, malignant use of group dynamics, and many others. The fact that there are so many names indicates a lack of agreement which allows for confusion and distortion (especially by those using it covertly for their own benefit!!)
Let’s agree that mind control comes under the umbrella of persuasion and influence – how to change people’s beliefs and behaviours.
Some will argue that everything is manipulation (very often cult members, who’s leader is trying to hide it from them!) But in saying this, important distinctions are lost. It’s much more useful to think of influence as a continuum, at one end we have ethical and respectful influences which respect the individual and his or her rights. At the other end we have destructive influences which strip the person of their identity, independence, and ability to think critically or logically.
It is at this end that we find destructive cults and sects. These groups use deception and mind control tactics to take advantage of the weaknesses, as well as the strengths, of the members, to satisfy the needs and desires of the cult leaders themselves.
A one-on-one cult is an intimate relationship where one person abuses their power to manipulate and exploit the other, e.g., teacher’/student, therapist/client, pastor/worshipper, wife/husband. This cultic relationship is a version of the larger groups, and may be even more destructive because all the time and attention is directed towards only one person.

Mind Control