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TRIGGER WARNING: all these resources are not vetted directly by persons aware of issues for persons who have been pr*gramm*d or abused by c*lts etc. There are words on this page that may be triggering — we wouldn't know.

Just a placeholder for info/resources since I/Crisses can't speak to this topic much.

  • https://freedomofmind.com/bite-model/ — Steven Hassan's BITE Model (Behavior, Information, Thought, and Emotional control) from the intro text: "Many people think of mind control as an ambiguous, mystical process that cannot be defined in concrete terms. In reality, mind control refers to a specific set of methods and techniques, such as hypnosis or thought-stopping, that influence how a person thinks, feels, and acts."
  • http://www.neopagan.net/ABCDEF.html — The Advanced Bonewits’ Cult Danger Evaluation Frame - from the intro text: "Events in the last several decades have clearly indicated just how dangerous some religious and secular groups (usually called “cults” by those opposed to them) can be to their own members as well as to anyone else whom they can influence. “Brainwashing,” beatings, child abuse, rapes, murders, mass suicides, military drilling and gunrunning, meddling in civil governments, international terrorism, and other crimes have been charged against leaders and members of many groups, and in far too many cases those accusations have been correct. None of this has been very surprising to historians of religion or to other scholars of what are usually labled “new” religions (no matter how old they may be in their cultures of origin). Minority groups, especially religious ones, are often accused of crimes by members of the current majority. In many ways, for example, the “Mormons” were the “Moonies” of the 19th century — at least in terms of being an unusual minority belief system that many found “shocking” at the time — and the members of the Unification Church could be just as “respectable” a hundred years from now as the Latter Day Saints are today."

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