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Debunking the Myth of Mind-Control

Kaplan and Saddock

Upon checking, it appears that Monica Pignotti quoted Kaplan & Saddock's latest edition of "Synopsis of Psychiatry" in such a way as to imply that they agreed with the concept of cult mind-control. Diane points to the deceptive approach since each respective references are in two separate, unrelated sections.


Diane Richardson <referen@bway.net>

15 Apr  97

Monica Pignotti has deliberately misrepresented what Kaplan and Sadock's Comprehensive Textbook of Psychiatry says. She has claimed more than one on this (and other) newsgroups that the brainwashing entry is contained in a section about spiritual and religious problems.

It is Monica's contention that since brainwashing is contained in a section on spiritual and religious matters brainwashing is considered a religious problem by psychiatrists.

Monica has lied. The discussion of brainwashing appears in an entirely separate entry in the book. It appears under the entry entitled "Acculturation Problem," which consists of a discussion of culture shock, brain fag, brainwashing, and prisoners of war. Religious and spiritual problems are not covered under that entry.

Again, as I've pointed out to Monica Pignotti in another thread, I state that *cult mind control* -- specifically the theory forwarded by Margaret Singer and Steven Hassan -- is not accepted in psychology.

Brainwashing is interpreted as requiring both mental *and physical* coercion. That is the objection which is raised most consistently about Dr. Singer's application of Robert Jay Lifton's criteria to the cult experience. Public scientologists[tm] undergo nothing even conceivably similar to imprisonment. Lifton maintains quite clearly in his book that milieu control is necessary before any thought reform tactics have a chance of success.

Diane Richardson
referen@bway.net

 


Defense Introduction - Announcement - William's Sins Bainbridge - Timothy Miller - Hunts Attack - Robert Jay Lifton - Pattern of Defense - Loaded Language - Margaret Singer - DSM -1V - Clark's Defense -Kaplan and Saddock - Sociologist Vs Psychologist - Milieu Control - Hugglung's Reaction  Salibo on Singer - APA Statement - The Rabbits Foot



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