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Deny Using Hypnotism and Brainwashing

Study of Mind Development Groups, Sects and Cults in Ontario

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PREFACE
INTRODUCTION
HISTORY
DEFINITIONS
THE PHENOMENON
DEPROGRAMMING
THE DEBATE
qnote.gif (173 bytes) The Case Against the Groups
qnote.gif (173 bytes) The Case Against Critics

     grsqrsm.gif (85 bytes) Fear Breeds Intolerance
     grsqrsm.gif (85 bytes) The Brainwashing Myth
     grsqrsm.gif (85 bytes) Deny Hypnotism and Brainwashing
     grsqrsm.gif (85 bytes) Practices of Older Religions
     grsqrsm.gif (85 bytes) Myth of the Evil Eye
     grsqrsm.gif (85 bytes) True Conversions
     grsqrsm.gif (85 bytes) The Myth of Unhealthy Heresies
     grsqrsm.gif (85 bytes) The Myth of Deception
     grsqrsm.gif (85 bytes) The Myth of Subversion
     grsqrsm.gif (85 bytes) The Movements as Victims
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ONTARIO
RECOMMENDATIONS
CONCLUSIONS
The groups deny allegations that they indulge in hypnosis. A movement leader whose Toronto mind development group has been a particular target of hypnosis accusations told the study:

We do meditation and meditation is a bit like hypnosis -- but so are a lot of other practices. People don't understand why they feel so good after the course is over and hypnotism just seems like a simple explanation to them. They use post-hypnotic suggestion to explain why they proselytize. It's suggested to them by relatives to explain their high involvement in (the movement).

Other groups agree that they do indulge in various practices, such as chanting, dancing, and diet control as matters of religious ritual for the sake of achieving desired states or levels of spirituality. The practices are not performed to weaken wills and bend minds, and no one is coerced into participating.

Many find the brainwashing allegation unacceptable because of the lack of physical force used by groups. Lifton and others say such forms of coercion are not essential. They say that without that element, the analogy between movement practices and classical brainwashing is a crude and unwarranted metaphor. Sociologist Thomas Robbins of City University of New York and Anthony, the Berkeley researcher, have said it is unreasonable to equate the "milieu control" some groups exercise with imprisonment in the guarded, fenced-in compounds of prisoner-of-war camps. While isolation is a characteristic of many movements, it is not similar to that imposed in true brainwashing. "(Members of a group) witnessing on city streets," they said, "are susceptible to numerous influences which the Church cannot really control. Not infrequently the putatively robotized members of a controversial 'cult' are actually living and/or working outside of the movement."

 

 

Many find the brainwashing allegation unacceptable because of the lack of physical force used by groups.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

They say that without the element of physical coercion, the analogy between movement practices and classical brainwashing is a crude and unwarranted metaphor.

 

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