BITE Model - Sound Familiar?

by pale.emperor 5 Replies latest watchtower beliefs

  • pale.emperor

    Researching cult mind control brought me to this site:

    It's like reading a GB mind control manual. It was my intention to make bold only the ones that the bOrg do... but they do 98% of them!!!

    As employed by the most destructive cults, mind control seeks nothing less than to disrupt an individual’s authentic identity and reconstruct it in the image of the cult leader. I developed the BITE model to help people determine whether or not a group is practicing destructive mind control. The BITE model helps people understand how cults suppress individual member's uniqueness and creativity. BITE stands for the cult's control of an individual's Behavior, Intellect, Thoughts, and Emotions.

    It is important to understand that destructive mind control can be determined when the overall effect of these four components promotes dependency and obedience to some leader or cause. It is not necessary for every single item on the list to be present. Mindcontrolled cult members can live in their own apartments, have nine-to-five jobs, be married with children, and still be unable to think for themselves and act independently.

    Destructive mind control is not just used by cults. Learn about the Human Trafficking BITE Model and the Terrorism BITE Model

    The BITE Model
    I. Behavior Control
    II. Information Control
    III. Thought Control
    IV. Emotional Control

    Behavior Control

    1. Regulate individual’s physical reality
    2. Dictate where, how, and with whom the member lives and associates or isolates
    3. When, how and with whom the member has sex
    4. Control types of clothing and hairstyles
    5. Regulate diet - food and drink, hunger and/or fasting
    6. Manipulation and deprivation of sleep
    7. Financial exploitation, manipulation or dependence
    8. Restrict leisure, entertainment, vacation time
    9. Major time spent with group indoctrination and rituals and/or self indoctrination including the Internet
    10. Permission required for major decisions
    11. Thoughts, feelings, and activities (of self and others) reported to superiors
    12. Rewards and punishments used to modify behaviors, both positive and negative
    13. Discourage individualism, encourage group-think
    14. Impose rigid rules and regulations
    15. Instill dependency and obedience

    Information Control

    1. Deception:
    a. Deliberately withhold information
    b. Distort information to make it more acceptable
    c. Systematically lie to the cult member

    2. Minimize or discourage access to non-cult sources of information, including:
    a. Internet, TV, radio, books, articles, newspapers, magazines, other media
    b.Critical information
    c. Former members
    d. Keep members busy so they don’t have time to think and investigate
    e. Control through cell phone with texting, calls, internet tracking

    3. Compartmentalize information into Outsider vs. Insider doctrines
    a. Ensure that information is not freely accessible
    b.Control information at different levels and missions within group
    c. Allow only leadership to decide who needs to know what and when

    4. Encourage spying on other members
    a. Impose a buddy system to monitor and control member
    b.Report deviant thoughts, feelings and actions to leadership
    c. Ensure that individual behavior is monitored by group

    5. Extensive use of cult-generated information and propaganda, including:
    a. Newsletters, magazines, journals, audiotapes, videotapes, YouTube, movies and other media
    b.Misquoting statements or using them out of context from non-cult sources

    6. Unethical use of confession
    a. Information about sins used to disrupt and/or dissolve identity boundaries
    b. Withholding forgiveness or absolution
    c. Manipulation of memory, possible false memories

    Thought Control

    1. Require members to internalize the group’s doctrine as truth
    a. Adopting the group's ‘map of reality’ as reality
    b. Instill black and white thinking
    c. Decide between good vs. evil
    d. Organize people into us vs. them (insiders vs. outsiders)

    2.Change person’s name and identity
    3. Use of loaded language and clichés which constrict knowledge, stop critical thoughts and reduce complexities into platitudinous buzz words
    4. Encourage only ‘good and proper’ thoughts
    5. Hypnotic techniques are used to alter mental states, undermine critical thinking and even to age regress the member
    6. Memories are manipulated and false memories are created
    7. Teaching thought-stopping techniques which shut down reality testing by stopping negative thoughts and allowing only positive thoughts, including:
    a. Denial, rationalization, justification, wishful thinking

    b. Chanting
    c. Meditating
    d. Praying
    e. Speaking in tongues
    f. Singing or humming
    8. Rejection of rational analysis, critical thinking, constructive criticism
    9. Forbid critical questions about leader, doctrine, or policy allowed
    10. Labeling alternative belief systems as illegitimate, evil, or not useful

    Emotional Control

    1. Manipulate and narrow the range of feelings – some emotions and/or needs are deemed as evil, wrong or selfish
    2. Teach emotion-stopping techniques to block feelings of homesickness, anger, doubt
    3. Make the person feel that problems are always their own fault, never the leader’s or the group’s fault
    4. Promote feelings of guilt or unworthiness, such as
    a. Identity guilt
    b. You are not living up to your potential
    c. Your family is deficient
    d. Your past is suspect
    e. Your affiliations are unwise
    f. Your thoughts, feelings, actions are irrelevant or selfish
    g. Social guilt
    h. Historical guilt

    5. Instill fear, such as fear of:
    a. Thinking independently
    b. The outside world
    c. Enemies
    d. Losing one’s salvation
    e. Leaving or being shunned by the group
    f. Other’s disapproval

    6. Extremes of emotional highs and lows – love bombing and praise one moment and then declaring you are horrible sinner
    7. Ritualistic and sometimes public confession of sins
    8. Phobia indoctrination: inculcating irrational fears about leaving the group or questioning the leader’s authority
    a. No happiness or fulfillment possible outside of the group
    b. Terrible consequences if you leave: hell, demon possession, incurable diseases, accidents, suicide, insanity, 10,000 reincarnations, etc.

    c. Shunning of those who leave; fear of being rejected by friends, peers, and family
    d. Never a legitimate reason to leave; those who leave are weak, undisciplined, unspiritual, worldly, brainwashed by family or counselor, or seduced by money, sex, or rock and roll
    e. Threats of harm to ex-member and family
  • OneEyedJoe

    You missed a few:

    Changing a person's [...] identity. They don't force a name change, but they certainly do push their "new personality" on you pretty hard.

    Meditating and singing should both be bold - while it's not the type of meditation that you'd normally think of, they do encourage you to read the bible and meditate on it. Singing at meetings is a very powerful indoctrination tool - they force you to profess your faith with their lyrics even if you don't fully believe and that causes CD which will be likely to push you toward belief.

    In some cases they also create financial dependence - with bethelites and with the many uneducated ones that have little choice but to go to work for a JW.

  • nonjwspouse

    Just one example, but all those JWs living through the 1975 fiasco would definitely place this in bold.

    c. Manipulation of memory, possible false memories

    and the mind numbing meetings, studies, etc...

    5. Hypnotic techniques are used to alter mental states, undermine critical thinking and even to age regress the member

    A JC of elders, who then share with wives the juicy info would cause this one to be in play with the gossip mill, isn't that pretty common?

    a. Information about sins used to disrupt and/or dissolve identity boundaries

  • scratchme1010

    The major question (I think) is why people choose to submit themselves to that? I am born in, so I didn't choose to join. So it always baffles me to know that there are people out there who choose all that.

  • pale.emperor

    If i wasn't born in i could see myself winding up a Mormon or something. I always had a fascination for different religions and beliefs (of course i was discouraged by my JW family to research all of them).

    At the time, being a JW you have a special glow inside thinking that you know something the rest of the world doesn't, because they dont understand it, and "that makes us special." Mormonism is the same. I'd like to believe that there's a god that loves us very much, that has honest representatives on earth, that will being about a real change and we'll see our dead relatives again - and because we want to believe those things we do. We find reasons to.

  • Heaven

    pale.emperor said: I'd like to believe that there's a god that loves us very much, that has honest representatives on earth, that will being about a real change and we'll see our dead relatives again...

    Religions know how to spin things. It's a combo of "we're the answer to all your questions and desires" and the guilt/fear/threat that if you don't agree with them or join them, that you will lose some mythological prize some time after you die (in the past the Christians used to torture and kill people but that's illegal now in most countries. There are some extremist religions that still do this today, however. ).

    It's only when we decide to be intellectually honest with ourselves, do we realize the claims made by the Bible and religions do not add up to reality.

    The B.I.T.E model can also be used to analyze non-religious organizations and people as well. Cults are not exclusive to religions. A person who wants to control another person may also employ such tactics as you've listed PE.

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