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Posted by bbedcenter on March 15, 2013 at 12:45 AM

The Use of Mind Control in Scientology

 

This is an analysis by Monica Pignotti, MSW, based on the four components of mind control from Steve Hassan's Combatting Cult Mind Control: Behavior control, Emotional control, Thought control and Information control, combined with a comparison of her study as applied to Bnei Baruch

 

  • COGNITIVE DISSONANCE THEORY

"If you change a person's behavior, his thoughts and feelings will change to minimize the dissonance" -- Leon Festinger http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cognitive_dissonance

 

  • BEHAVIOR CONTROL

LAITMAN: "In a previous blog post I wrote that Kabbalah is more important than family – that if a man’s wife is against Kabbalah and it’s impossible to compromise or persuade her, then it’s permissible to get a divorce for the sake of your soul. I received a few perplexed responses – “How can this be?” People don’t understand that life is meaningless if it’s not used to attain the goal that has been set before every person. The sky, the earth, and every one of us were created for attaining this goal, and not for creating a marriage on the animate level and becoming a slave of your partner’s egoism.

 

So the conclusion to be made from this is: In all life situations, your behavior should be determined only by the spiritual goal!" laitman. com Nov 2012 (Cross reference: A woman equals a cow Account of Former BB members)

 

  • EMOTIONAL CONTROL

LAITMAN: "The Light illuminates from the other side and slowly increases my desire to receive by just one gram, and I immediately fall. I am ready to forget everything, lie down and do nothing, just to be left alone. At least from a physical standpoint it is forbidden to let ourselves fall in this way. The environment should put pressure on me, they should call me if I don’t arrive at the lesson, and they should wake me at home." Laitman . com Jan 2012

 

  • THOUGHT CONTROL


-Thought Stopping Techniques

LAITMAN: "A thought cannot change a desire. It can only change the size of a desire, increasing or decreasing it. Similarly, we also can’t replace one thought with another. Hence, we can only control our thoughts by controlling our desires. So the question really is: How can I change my desires? The answer is: through the environment – the group, the books, and the teacher!" Laitman . com Oct 2008


-[Bnei Baruch] "Study Tech"

LAITMAN: "Kabbalists inform us about rules and conditions and teach us games and exercises. Their advice should be taken as a vital necessity. I must obey them since otherwise, I won’t advance. One shouldn’t deceive oneself, hoping to find some side roads."

 

  • INFORMATION CONTROL


-Deception and the Withholding of Information

People are recruited into Bnei Baruch through front groups such as Mutual Responsibility


-No Other Practices Allowed

LAITMAN: "All those who study Kabbalah must have a complete collection of our books. Additionally, keep three or five books most suitable for beginners and lend them to others to read one by one, and after they are done, get them back. And then you will see if they do show any interest or not. laitman April 2011 There is no other way, no other means or method that we could use to do anything. Our method is the only way!" laitman March 2012


-Information Overload

Three daily hours of lessons late night or early morning hours/ class preparations / constant physical and virtual meetings and readings with "friends" in the group / constant work on projects, activities and dissemination work.


LAITMAN: "YOU MUST BE IN THIS ALL THE TIME, AND ALL THE LESSONS, AND TO READ THE BLOG, AND PARTICIPATE IN DISSEMINATION... You don't have time?? FIND IT" Crossreference: About Cults - Bnei Baruch


-Forbidding Members to Read Critical Information

Bnei Baruch virtual groups constantly erase information of interest regarding any true information about internal abuses, or any intelligent scrutiny into the ways and understandings coming from the hierarchical superiors of Bnei Baruch. Crossreference Insider Behavior and Relations 

 

Pignotti's full article http://www.garloff.de/kurt/sekten/mind1.html

Other background sources: http://www.phinnweb.org/neuro/brainwash/



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