Hi simon17, why did you focus on the techniques used to control people instead of the BITE control model and the universal themes that organizations that use mind control have in common that are described in Combatting Cult Mind Control?
I agree with OnTheWayOut and other posters that the WTBTS is a dangerous cult. The WTBTS just uses different techniques than the Unification Church to indoctrinate people into being JWs. The way that JWs conduct bible studies is a prime example of indoctrination (subtle but effective). If a bible study does not progress as planned in 6 months or less, the JW will drop the bible study in a heart beat.
Would you agree that the WTBTS uses mind control by evaluating the practises of the WTBTS with the 10 universal themes of organizations that use mind control? If the WTBTS uses mind control and uses the BITE control model to control the behavior, information, thoughts, and emotios of its members, how can you believe that the WTBTS is not a dangerous cult?
I would agree the WTBTS is a controlling organization, playing with guilt and fear techniques. I guess what I was after is that this particular book is often recommended as a great thing to get Wtinesses to read if possible because it doesnt ever mention JWs.
From reading the book, I got the imrpession that many of the aspects he noted to be almost universally true in all cults did not fit the witnesses at all. From reading the book, I would not have gotten the impression that Hassan (at the time of its writing) would have labelled witnesses a cult. Therefore I don't think its a very good tool for bringing witnesses to self-awareness because they will be even more likely to see the distinct differences between the physical realities of a cult as described in the book and their own organization. Yes, there are some things that are similar, but that is probably true of any religion.
As I said, I would describe the WTBTS as a high control group myself. I think the common conception of a cult by most people is not similar to what is pictured by witnesses although many of the effects may eventually be the same.