How to Detect Mind Control
This can include being called negative names (used inappropriately) like liar, psychotic, paranoid, crazy, communist,
etc. The purpose, intentional or unintentional, of the usage of these names is to discredit the person they are being used
on, without discussing the facts of the debate or topic. Sometimes names are used to shock the listener, which may put the
listener into a more susceptible mind state and not critically think about the topic but simply accept the negative name or
Democracy, capitalism or other ideas are often discussed in these terms. These terms may be described positively without
a critical analysis of all sides of the issue.
The important thing is to look at the ideas behind the terms and analyze them critically. A group may also only discuss
the positives of the organization, ignoring any negative criticism about the group. The important thing is to check out any
group or organization as completely as possible before joining. But I believe it is also important to trust people when they
are safe, so that we can recover by sharing and connecting.
A user of propaganda may use terms like "many," "a lot," "numerous," or "a few" without backing up these numbers or statistics.
The usage of these words may make a person or organization look better or worse without data or substantial proof.
Sometimes it is important to look at the argument(s) with as little emotion as possible, and try to see the facts only.
are four elements to a successful fear appeal: 1) a threat, 2) a specific recommendation about how the audience should
behave, 3) audience perception that the recommendation will be effective in addressing the threat, and 4) audience perception
that they are capable of performing the recommended behavior." Groups may also use these techniques on their members. They
may say, "If you dont do this, then the world will end, we will close, etc." For members that are very needy or attached to
the organization or person making the statement, this threat may be very difficult to ignore.
In E-mail, this may be caused by the use of capital letters or other techniques. The writer may say things like, "apples
are always red," and then, "apples are always blue," to cause confusion in the reader and make them more susceptible to the
ideas in the E-mail. While the mind is trying to figure out which statement is true, the readers mind may become more susceptible
to the suggestion or idea.
Sutphen in his article talks about "Shock and Confusion," how people go into a meditative state when scared and are more
likely to be compliant to the second suggestion. If people are made to feel guilty that they were given something, they are
more likely to follow the next command, like give money, etc.
For survivors, I think the important thing is to realize when these techniques are being used on us. To fight the second
suggestion and not follow it blindly. This may entail leaving the area immediately and going to a safe spot. Online this may
mean reading certain E-mails with support people present. And to avoid those that may use these suggestions on us whenever
possible. Learning how to develop safe support systems and safe resources can help with this. I believe it is dangerous to
believe that we cant be MCed.
Guilt may also be used as a technique, especially on survivors. Making people feel like they havent done enough for a
particular group or organization, asking people to do things without considering all sides of the issue or their own needs.
Neediness can also be used. Survivors may be looking for approval, acceptance and a place to discuss their feelings.
So they may not be able to critically decide what support systems may be the safest for them. Groups will first be very nice
or overly nice to them (love bombing), but this will often disappear later and emotional manipulation and threats or guilt
may be used to try to cause the desired behavior.
The techniques used to create subliminal commands can vary. I believe they usually create a meditative state in the individual.
I have heard that TV can cause these states. "Glassy eyed stares" or "being spaced out" are often used to describe this state.
Shock or fear or other extreme emotional states may also be used to create meditative states. These commands may help the
writer bypass the readers conscious mind.
Specific triggers may be used on survivors. These may sound like the ideas of those that do not believe in the existence
of recovered memory or ritual abuse. These can include calling a person paranoid, psychotic or crazy (see "name calling")
and allude to the fact that a persons paranoia is connected to a psychotic disorder, which, I believe, usually isnt the case.
This can be used to try and get the survivor to doubt their own reality and the reality of their memories. (See SMART issue
#27 for the low rate (less than 5 percent) of "false" memories.)
Subliminal triggers may also be used intentionally or unintentionally to remind a survivor of a specific ritual or past
program. Repeated use (or the one time use) of certain terms, that could be triggering for survivors, could qualify. The writer
may be using these terms to scare or trigger the reader.
A colleague of mine wrote me and told me that she uses three criterion to determine online if a person may be a perpetrator
1) If the person uses guilt.
2) If the person tells them to "f_ off." (Could be considered a technique to shock the reader.)
3) Using lots of triggers to control their actions.
I think the one thing that all 3 above have in common is they entail some sort of emotional manipulation and/or trigger.
Changing the Topic
Rather than deal with the specific topic, a group or person may try to change the topic, or discredit the other side,
rather than deal with the criticisms or arguments in the debate. A variety of propaganda techniques may be used to try and
do this. This technique has occasionally been used by politicians and others.
One way of remembering something is to constantly repeat it. This is one way we learn to remember new words and songs.
Rather than debating the points of the debate, a debater may simply continue calling a person a liar or crazy or a traitor,
etc. (see "name calling") without backing up their statements. How often is an idea in an argument presented without a source
or logical backing. This is one place in a debate or argument where a debater may show their "true colors." Are they interested
in debating the points of the argument or are they using propaganda and mind control techniques?
Individuals that are not qualified to discuss the particulars (the specific facts) of a debate or product may join the
debate or ad campaign and make statements that may have little or no logical backing or factual basis. Organizations and companies
may use a variety of techniques to encourage such participation.
The user of propaganda may encourage people to join the cause without asking them to think about the facts and other
side of the argument. This may include a kind of hero worship, including fancy clothes, high expenditures, claims of a large
following, etc. I think the most important thing is to follow your instincts and recovery, not someone else. Other people
may have valid and helpful things to say, but I believe our recovery has to be our own.
These will be intentionally used by the user of propaganda to manipulate opinion.
Example: John likes apples.
Hitler liked apples.
John likes Hitler.
This can be used in politics. Equating communism to fascism because one or several communist governments may have been
fascist is an example of this. A person may agree with someone on one topic and disagree with the same person on another topic.
The user of propaganda may try to lump the two people or a group of people together that disagree with them, suggesting a
conspiracy, when it may only be people agreeing on a certain topic.
You might hear that we cant trust anyone if certain people arent safe. This is a logical fallacy and isnt true. It may
take time for the survivor to trust again, but I think we need to keep trying to trust safe people, so we can heal.
This is another logical fallacy. A person receiving a criticism may claim that a critique of themselves or their group
may cause divisiveness in society or their movement. ("Love it or leave" is an example of this.) The repetition of this idea
may reinforce the idea in the readers mind. An alternative way of looking at this is that the same critique could also make
the movement stronger, by encouraging people to think about their choices and use caution before making those choices. It
may encourage all those in the movement to become healthier, making the movement even stronger.
In all logical fallacies, and in terms of propaganda in general, try to see the other possible conclusions of the argument,
not simply those presented by the user of propaganda.
How to Avoid Blindly Accepting Propaganda and Being Mind Controlled
(Please note: these are only suggestions. You may want to analyze each of them to see if they have any value to you and
if necessary, add some of your own.)
"The subjects easiest to influence are usually young, trusting, gullible, and non-critical people from protective backgrounds
or people who may be particularly vulnerable because of some recent unsettled transition (my note: survivors may also fit
in this category)...the rejects are likely to be individuals who have easy access to accurate, critical, or counterbalancing
information. Insolent, self-centered, street-wise, highly critical or recalcitrant individuals are generally culled out..."
Though everyone is susceptible to some degree.
1) Try to find out both sides of the story.
2)Learn about propaganda and mind control techniques and learn how to recognize them. If necessary, learn to avoid those
using these techniques (this may be online or offline.) The media and advertisements may be a good place to start either learning
about these techniques or avoiding them. At times, advertisements dont even discuss the product or its attributes at all.
3) When in a potential situation where you can be MCed or propagandized, learn how to recognize the feelings of going
into a meditative state and learn some of the techniques for getting out of these states. (Details are at "Conference trigger
management and safety" are available via E-mail, snail mail (for $1.00 US only) or at http://members.aol.com/
smartnews/page5/NBpresentation99.htm) I believe that avoidance of these situations is usually the best way to keep from being
MCed or propagandized.
4) The user of propaganda or mind control techniques may exhibit a "lack of morals," lying and/or disregarding the rules
of the debate, list, group or society. This is similar to the "us vs them" or may be justified by "the ends justify the means"
arguments organizations may use, see SMART #29 (Cult Information Article.)
5) Try to use your gut feelings. If something doesnt feel right, step back or remove yourself from the situation. I believe
that a legitimate group or organization will give an individual the time and room to make their own choices (see "Emotional
I believe the following statement also applies to being MCed and/or fooled by propaganda. From FactNet, "No one "joins
a cult." People recruited into destructive groups think they are doing something else, something beneficial and worthwhile.
Anyone can be recruited given the right sales pitch and the right conditions in ones life. We are all potential victims."
While I believe it is necessary to learn from our mistakes, I think that feeling too much guilt doesnt help. It may be necessary
to make an amends when safe. This may be simply by getting healthy and possibly educating others.
As always, please use your own judgement and try to research everything as fully as possible. Dont accept anything anyone
says simply because they say it or claim to be an expert or whatever. Try to check it out for yourself. I am not an expert,
and I am continually learning new things about myself and the above topics.