Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Margaret Singer on the Difference between Mind Control and Religion

Margaret Singer gave a very good definition of difference between mind control and religion in How Thought Reform Works.

Coercive persuasion is not a religious practice, it is a control technology. It is not a belief or ideology, it is a technological process.

Coercive persuasion is antithetical to the First Amendment. It is the unfair manipulation of other's biological and psychological weaknesses and susceptibilities. It is a psychological force technology, not of a free society, but of a criminal or totalitarian society. It is certainly not a spiritual or religious technology.

This shows that she did not confuse mind control (or coercive persuasion as she called it) and religion.

Her Six Conditions for Thought Reform do not confuse mind control (thought reform) and religious experience either.

Unfortunately, some cult experts still keep confusing mind control and religious experience.

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