see url Inform our dreams. They bury themselves like meat hooks deep in the base of our brains. They are purveyors of madness. They are the ultimate colonizer.
Whiter than any white man that ever lived. The very heart of whiteness. He fell to the floor and scurried around the foyer on all fours. We really do have a choice about what we listen to. The Peace Channel can only be heard when we are present in the moment, when we are in the now.
To tune in to the Peace Channel, all we have to do is be , experience , notice , and naturally respond to what is arising in the moment. To tune into the Stress Channel, we just have to start believing our thoughts again. Do the locals really believe what they are told, and do they truly revere Fat Man and Little Boy? I have been a visiting writer in several authoritarian and totalitarian states, and usually the question answers itself.
A piece of ironic graffiti is scrawled in the men's room. Some group at the university issues some improvised leaflet.
The glacier begins to melt; a joke makes the rounds and the apparently immovable regime suddenly looks vulnerable and absurd. But it's almost impossible to convey the extent to which North Korea just isn't like that. South Koreans who met with long-lost family members after the June rapprochement were thunderstruck at the way their shabby and thin northern relatives extolled Fat Man and Little Boy.
Of course, they had been handpicked, but they stuck to their line. There's a possible reason for the existence of this level of denial, which is backed up by an indescribable degree of surveillance and indoctrination. A North Korean citizen who decided that it was all a lie and a waste would have to face the fact that his life had been a lie and a waste also. The scenes of hysterical grief when Fat Man died were not all feigned; there might be a collective nervous breakdown if it was suddenly announced that the Great Leader had been a verbose and arrogant fraud. Picture, if you will, the abrupt deprogramming of more than 20 million Moonies or Jonestowners, who are suddenly informed that it was all a cruel joke and there's no longer anybody to tell them what to do.
There wouldn't be enough Kool-Aid to go round. I often wondered how my guides kept straight faces. The streetlights are turned out all over Pyongyang—which is the most favored city in the country—every night. And the most prominent building on the skyline, in a town committed to hysterical architectural excess, is the Ryugyong Hotel.
It's floors high, and from a distance looks like a grotesquely enlarged version of the Transamerica Pyramid in San Francisco or like a vast and cumbersome missile on a launchpad. The crane at its summit hasn't moved in years; it's a grandiose and incomplete ruin in the making. I suppose they just keep two sets of mental books and live with the contradiction for now. Jackson Brown Jr. Some personality systems are set up with an inner world full of wires or strings that connect switches to their effects.
These can facilitate a series of actions by a series of insiders. For example, one part watches the person function in the outside world, and presses a button if he or she sees the person disobeying instructions. The button is connected to an internal wire, which rings a bell in the ear of another part. At one end we have ethical and respectful influences which respect the individual and his or her rights. At the other end we have destructive influences which strip the person of their identity, independence and ability to think critically or logically.
It is at this end that we find destructive cults and sects. These groups use deception and mind control tactics to take advantage of the weaknesses, as well as the strengths, of the members, to satisfy the needs and desires of the cult leaders themselves. A one-on-one cult is an intimate relationship where one person abuses their power to manipulate and exploit the other, e. This cultic relationship is a version of the larger groups, and may be even more destructive because all the time and attention is directed towards only one person. It's best to think of it as a system of influences that significantly disrupts an individual at their very core, at the level of their identity their values, beliefs, preferences, decisions, behaviors, relationships etc.
It can of course be used in beneficial ways, for example with addicts, but here we are talking about situations that are inherently bad or unethical. It is not some ancient mystery known to a select few, it is a combination of words and group pressures , packaged in such a way that it allows a manipulator to create dependency in his or her followers, making their decisions for them while allowing them to think that they are independent and free to decide. The person being mind controlled is not aware of the influence process, nor of the changes occurring within themselves.
First of all, it is a subtle and insidious process. Subtle, meaning that the individual is not aware of the extent of the influence being imposed upon them.
Wouldn't it be easy if you could just close your eyes, pop over into someone's mind, and seize control? Yeah. Too bad it's not possible Or is. How to Control Your Mind. The mind is made up of of many different parts that can each exert influence on your behavior. "You" may want to.
In this way they make small changes over time, believing that they are making decisions for themselves, when, in fact, all the decisions are being made for them. Insidious because it's intended to entrap and do harm. And it is a process, in that it does not happen in an instant.
It takes time, although the length of time will depend on such factors as the methods used, the skill of the manipulator, the duration of exposure to the techniques and other social and personal factors.
Nowadays manipulators are sufficiently skilled that it can occur in only a few hours. There is force involved. There may or may not be physical force , but there definitely is psychological and social force and pressure. Steve Hassan makes an interesting distinction between mental control and brainwashing. He says that in brainwashing the victim knows that the aggressor is an enemy.
They are coerced, often with physical force, into doing things they would not normally do. However, when the victim escapes from the influence of the enemy, the effects of the brainwashing frequently disappear. Mind control is more subtle and sophisticated because the person doing the manipulations is often considered a friend or a teacher, so the victim is not actually trying to defend themselves.
In fact, he or she may be a 'willing' participant , and, believing that the manipulator has their best interests in mind , they often providing private information willingly, which is then used against them to continue the mind control. This makes mind control as dangerous, if not more so, than physical coercion.
In other words, it can be even more effective than torture, physical abuse, drugs etc. That's worth repeating.
In mind control, there may be no physical coercion or violence, but it can actually be much more effective in controlling a person. That's because coercion can change behavior, but coercive persuasion mind control will change beliefs, attitudes, thinking processes and behavior basically a personality change. And the 'victim' happily and actively participates in the changes, believing it is best for them!
So later on, to accept that someone they trusted and liked has deceived and manipulated them is very difficult, and is one of the reasons that it is not easy for people to recognize mind control. Even when the victim is free of the influence of the manipulative personality , the attitudes, beliefs, and behaviors persist , in large part because the victim believes they have made these decisions themselves the effects of decisions we make ourselves are stronger and more long lasting than decisions we know we have been pushed to make , and in part because the person does not want to admit that they have been manipulated without their knowing, they don't want to believe that they have been tricked by a 'friend'.
You can read more about how all the changes are brought about using mind control in these articles on narcissistic boyfriends and narcissistic husbands. Manipulators are fond of saying that no-one is holding a gun to the manipulated person's head, and this is powerful in two ways. To the outsider who does not understand mind control, it is difficult to argue with. For the manipulated person, they know that this is true. No-one has actually held a gun to their head, so it reinforces the idea that they have decided for themselves. And decisions we have made ourselves are much more powerful and the effects last longer, so it further propels the manipulated person deeper into the reality created by the mind control.
Who would use these techniques, destroying the lives of others for their own selfish benefits? Or manipulating others simply because they can or because they want the control? The answer is psychopaths, or sociopaths , and narcissists. Probably the vast majority of extreme manipulative men and women who use mind control fit the profile of a psychopath or a narcissist.
And the reason they can do it is because they have no conscience! Because people don't know what exactly a psychopath or a narcissist is, the manipulator is often called something else, an abusive wife or a controlling wife or controlling husband , a jealous boyfriend, a verbally abusive man or a very strict boss.
Closer examination often reveals these people to have a personality disorder. Check out the signs of an abusive boyfriend here. Every person is susceptible. That includes you! It is a myth that only weak and vulnerable people are susceptible, or that there is something wrong with them. The best way to protect yourself from being recruited by a cult it is a myth that people join cults, they are actually recruited and being subjected to mind control is to understand how a cult functions as well as the cult tactics that are used to attract and keep members.
Am I in a cult? Take this quick quiz. Family member or friend in a cult? Read more. For example, Robert Cialdini has described six principles of influence that he describes as weapons of influence. It seems that these function in all societies in the world, and they are actually useful in terms of allowing society to remain stable and prosper. He talks about reciprocity , commitment and consistency, social proof, likability , authority and scarcity. He calls them weapons of influence because they work outside of the awareness of most people and for this reason cults take advantage of them to manipulate and influence their members.
Read about things manipulative people say Cult psychology has been studied by various cult experts and while many have their own descriptions and models of how these groups function, there are many similarities.