Thought perhaps some newer members who haven't heard some of Hassan's thoughts on mind control might relate to this from their own experiences in Jehovah's Witnesses . Even though mind control is initiated by the cult involved in controlling it's members - Hassan points out - it actually becomes a psychological disorder which can entrap the victim himself or herself - all the while - as they are being controlled by the leaders of cults.
On page 55 of Hassan's book " Releasing the Bonds - Empowering People to Think For Themselves " it states what happens in a destructive cult , " In a destructive cult, the locus of control shifts to the group or it's leader . The new recruit abdicates his ability to make decisions. A pseudo - identity is created which suppresses the authentic self and surrenders control. Individuality is submerged, and free will subverted . People are kept in the dark, and the very processes that influence them are made to seem mystical or spiritual. Access to any contravening information is cut off. " So people mentally turn off so to speak and surrender their decision making processes to the cult leaders. Very dangerous.
Hassan continues, " Cults consistently manipulate the elements that form an individual's identity , including important beliefs , values, and relationships. Cult mind control dissociates a person from his authentic identity , and makes his new cult identity dependent on the group. From a mental health perspective, cult mind control splits elements of an individual's psyche into another distinct personality. The cult member actually comes to exhibit symptoms of a " dissociative disorder " , as defined in the diagnostic manual for the American Psychiatric Association ( 300.15) the " Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders " copyright 1994. His behavior can also resemble that of a person with a dependent personality disorder. "
Hassan goes on to say that cult members are expected to get new friends, new family, new styles of dressing - many things of your former life are compromised to " fit in " so to speak to be accepted by the cult. Many of us on the board here have found that after exiting the Jehovah's Witness cult - in just a few years our minds think more clearly, we think freely, we have re-gained our critical thinking ability again- as well as our individuality ! It's a great feeling. But it takes work to get that back.
So how about you folks who have exited the witnesses ? What do you think about Steve Hassan's thoughts here ? Whether you havenewly joined the board or are an long timer here - have you noticed a difference in your clear thinking ability as years go by outside the witness cult ? As always I look forward to your comments. Peace out to all, Mr. Flipper