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BRAINWASHING AND HYPNOSIS

Conclusion

Study of Mind Development Groups, Sects and Cults in Ontario

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PREFACE
INTRODUCTION
HISTORY
DEFINITIONS
THE PHENOMENON
DEPROGRAMMING
THE DEBATE
ONTARIO
RECOMMENDATIONS
CONCLUSIONS
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Forewords
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Brainwashing and Hypnosis
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Is Conversion Voluntary?
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Same Problem with Hypnotism
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Conclusion
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Deprogramming
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General Conclusions
Is it possible, then, that the community will be assaulted by groups, operating beyond the pale of legislative restraint, and expanding their ranks in an orgy of brainwashing and hypnosis? Not likely. If, in fact, any of the movements do practise mind control, the evidence suggests that they are not effective at it. Research in many centres by investigators in a variety of disciplines has indicated that membership in a group is usually of brief duration -- usually no more than a year and frequently much shorter. Although the study's own sampling was small and not formally constituted for such purposes, the experience of former group members, who were interviewed, was in line with the research findings. Of 28 former members interviewed, eight had stayed in their movements less than six months, 10 for six months to a year, and only four for more than three years.

Although new legislative remedies may not seem likely in the foreseeable future, perhaps the courts can still be a recourse for those who feel they have suffered a loss of freedom through mind control. As professor Dave Weisstub explains in detail in the paper he prepared for the study, existing common law remedies might be adapted for the purpose. He notes, for example:

Over time, false imprisonment actions have been modified to accommodate diverse and subtle constraints on the quality of physical movement, and have also contained a psychological component. Defendants have been exonerated where a reasonable means of escape was available to the plaintiff. If it could be shown that a reasonable person would have feared considerable humiliation or discomfort, then the courts have been sympathetic to find imprisonment.

At the same time, the current state of knowledge -- and, hence, legislation -- need not be accepted as an unchangeable status quo. It is clear that, in several of the movements, as well as many other areas of society, something is happening. Efforts must be made, with government assistance, by universities, individual scholars and others to demonstrate the legitimacy or emptiness of the brainwashing metaphor and to develop functional definitions of mind-manipulative practices.

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Is it possible, then, that the community will be assaulted by groups, operating beyond the pale of legislative restraint, and expanding their ranks in an orgy of brainwashing and hypnosis? Not likely.

 

 

 

 

 

If, in fact, any of the movements do practise mind control, the evidence suggests that they are not effective at it. Research in many centres by investigators in a variety of disciplines has indicated that membership in a group is usually of brief duration.

 

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