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International Conference on Complex Systems (ICCS2006)

Destructive mind control issues: cults, deprogramming and SIA post 9-11

Steven Hassan
Freedom of Mind Resource Center inc.

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Abstract for presentation at NECSI conference in June ‘06.

(I have a commitment to speak at convention in Denver that weekend, but might be able to come back for Sunday night, definitely Monday or Tuesday presentation).

please feel free to edit- or if you prefer I speak about something more specific, I am fine with doing whatever you want. I changed last abstract a bit.



Destructive mind control issues: Cults, Deprogramming and SIA post 9-11

Systematic social influence processes target vulnerable populations and typically include deceptive recruitment and a step-by-step process influence program. They frequently use “altered states of consciousness” techniques that can often include hypnosis. A wide variety of techniques are used to subvert an individual’s identity in order to create a new pseudo-identity, often in the image of the leader or a hero.

A mind control model will be presented that demonstrates how the control of: behavior; information; thoughts and emotions are used by destructive cults (pyramid structured, authoritarian regimes) to make cloned identities, obedient and dependent to its authority.

Furthermore, the presentation will include how a complex system model called the Strategic Interaction Approach can be used to mobilize social networks to empower impacted individuals to reassert their own identity and independence and break free from the pseudo-identity.

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