I read Steve Hassan's first book " Combatting Cult Mind Control" last year and just started reading with my wife his follow up book " Releasing the Bonds " put out in 2000. A few quotes I wanted to share with you in case you haven't read it - and to help us keep in mind how far we have come from being mind controlled when we were Jehovah's Witnesses.
Hassan mentions , " Destructive cults are distiguished by their use of deception and mind control techniques to undermine a person's free will and make him dependent on the group's leader. "
He adds, " Destructive cults use mind control techniques to keep members dependent and obedient. By immersing people in a tightly controlled, high-pressure social environment, destructive cults gain control of their members behavior , thoughts, emotions, and access to information. They take over their minds. " Pretty creepy stuff, eh ?
Hassan mentions 4 types of cults active in society today :
1. Religious cults
2. Political cults
3. Therapy/large group awareness training cults
4. Commercial cults.
The one common thread is these cults want ultimate control of your thoughts and want you to only buy into their programs. No matter what it costs you in time, money, resources, or pain. As former Jehovah's Witnesses we know how damaging mind control can be . Have you noticed a big difference in how you view life after being freed from cult mind control ? How do you carry on in life now that you aren't controlled by Jehovah's Witnesses anymore ? I look forward to your views or any other comments on this subject ! Peace out and freedom of thought and free will to everyone here ! Mr. Flipper