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Understanding behavior

Understanding Behavior

Warm up activity

Warm up Activity

  • Switch Seats

  • Rub tummy & pat head simultaneously

  • Remove Shoes and pile them up next to the door

  • Do the wave

  • Exchange cell phones with another person

  • Make your favorite animal sound

  • Class cheer



What is a cult

What is a cult?

Every cult can be defined as a group having all of the following five characteristics:

  • 1.It uses psychological coercion to recruit, indoctrinate and retain its members

  • 2.It forms an elitist totalitarian society.

  • 3.Its founder leader is self-appointed, dogmatic, messianic, not accountable and has charisma.

  • 4.It believes 'the end justifies the means' in order to solicit funds recruit people.

  • 5.Its wealth does not benefit its members or society.

Religious cults

Religious Cults

  • Communal living common.

  • Members may leave or not join society's workforce.

  • Average age at the point of recruitment is in the 20's.

  • Registered as religious groups.

  • Appear to offer association with a group interested in making the world a better place via political, spiritual or other means.

Therapy cults

Therapy Cults

  • Communal Living rare.

  • Members usually stay in society's workforce.

  • Average age at the point of recruitment is in the mid 30's

  • Registered as 'non profit making' groups..

  • Appear to offer association with a group giving courses in some kind of self improvement or self help technique or therapy.

Possible effects of cults

Possible effects of cults

  • Loss of choice and free will.

  • Diminished intellectual ability, vocabulary and sense of humor.

  • Reduced use of irony, abstractions and metaphors.

  • Reduced capacity to form flexible and intimate relationships.

  • Poor judgment.

  • Physical deterioration.

  • Malnutrition.

  • Hallucinations, panic, dissociation, guilt, identity diffusion and paranoia.

  • Neurotic, psychotic or suicidal tendencies.

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  • "When you meet the friendliest people you have ever known, who introduce you to the most loving group of people you've ever encountered, and you find the leader to be the most inspired, caring, compassionate and understanding person you've ever met, and then you learn the cause of the group is something you never dared hope could be accomplished, and all of this sounds too good to be true-it probably is too good to be true! Don't give up your education, your hopes and ambitions to follow a rainbow."

  • Jeannie MillsEx - member of The People's Temple, later found murdered.

Forms of mind control

Forms of “Mind Control”

  • Hypnosis

    • 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.

Forms of mind control1

Forms of “Mind Control”

  • 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.

  • Metacommunication

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

Forms of mind control2

Forms of “Mind Control”

  • 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.

  • Disinhibition

    • Encouraging child-like obedience by orchestrating child-like behavior.

Forms of mind control3

Forms of “Mind Control”

  • 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.

Forms of mind control4

Forms of “Mind Control”

  • Dress Codes

    • Removing individuality by demanding conformity to the group dress code.

  • Chanting and Singing

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

  • Confession

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

Forms of mind control5

Forms of “Mind Control”

  • 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.

  • Isolation

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

Forms of mind control6

Forms of “Mind Control”

  • 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.

  • Games

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

Forms of mind control7

Forms of “Mind Control”

  • No Questions

    • Accomplishing automatic acceptance of beliefs by discouraging questions.

  • Guilt

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

  • Fear

    • 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'.



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