Author Luna Lindsey joins in for a discussion of the concepts of undue influence conveyed in a recent animated video released by the Mormon Church and Elder Uchtdorf. http://www.cultnews101.com/2018/02/lds-undue-influence-discovering-truth.html
Dr. Robert J. Lifton on Destructive Cults
March 2, 2000 – One of the leading experts in mind control, Dr. Lifton addressed the issue of doomsday cults such as Aum Shinrikyo.
The Manipulation of Spiritual Experience: Unethical Hypnosis in Destructive Cults
The process of cult and mass therapy indoctrination may involve repeated inductions of trance-like states of consciousness similar to hypnosis. Environmental (milieu) control, social manipulation, isolation and the use of prescribed consciousness-altering techniques (e.g. repetitive and/or continuous chanting, meditating, or praying) are some of the methods employed by cults to produce these altered states of awareness.
Coping with Triggers
Coping with Triggers and Floating . . . a recovery issue By Carol Giambalvo “Floating” is a word often used in association with “trancing out,” “spacing out,” “being triggered,” or “dissociation.” Ex-cult members describe it in several ways, including (but not limited to) feeling disconnected, feeling as though you’re watching yourself live…
Essay: Coping With Trance States
Patrick Ryan Cult Observer, Volume 10, No. 3, 1993, “Guest Column: Coping With Trance States”; and first appeared in the Summer 1992 issue of TM EX NEWS. Trance states, derealization, dissociation, spaceyness. What are they? What strategies can we use to cope with them? By trance states we mean dissociation,…
Deception, Dependency, and Dread
Michael D. Langone, Ph.D. Farber, Harlow, & West (1957) coined the term “DDD syndrome” to describe the essence of Korean war thought reform with prisoners of war: debility, dependency, and dread. Lifton (1961), who also studied thought reform employed in Chinese universities, demonstrated that the process did not require physical…