Cults, Terror, and Mind Control

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  • Copyright: 2009-10-01
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Though differing in appearance and purpose, cults and terrorist organizations nevertheless share many of the same essential dynamics. Both exploit the basic human need to belong; both feed on feelings of alienation and marginalization so common in the world today. In addition, both use similar mind control techniques to control members and maintain adherence.

Author Biography

Raphael Aron is die Director of the Gateway Family Counseling Centre in Melbourne, and Director of Cult Counseling Australia (www.cultcounseiiing.org). His previous books include Cults: Too Good to be True (HarperCollins), and Believe: From Addiction to Redemption (Fontaine).

Table of Contents

Acknowledgementsp. ix
Introductionp. 1
The Evolution of Cults and Terrorp. 7
Cults: An Overview
Terrorism: An Overview
Cults, Terror, and the Internet
Understanding Mind Controlp. 33
What Is Mind Control? Does It Exist?
Eight Characteristics of Mind Control
Control of Behavior, Thoughts, Emotions
Information, and the Environment
Unfreezing, Changing, and Refreezing
Mind Control and Culpability
The Subtle Process of Recruitmentp. 59
Who Is Vulnerable?
Entering a Cult or Terrorist Group
Cults, Terrorism, and Religious Fundamentalism
Delving Deeper into Extremismp. 79
Terrorism and Cultism
Debunking Myths about Terrorism
The Cult of Hitler
Philosophy of Hate-The Christian Identity Movement
The Tragic Ramifications of Mind Controlp. 99
Fundamentalism and Exclusivity
Personality Breakdown
The Destruction of Innocence-Mind Control and Children
Victimizing the Mentally Ill
The Dilemma for Familiesp. 127
The Role of Family and Community
The Value of Certainty
Responding to Cults-A Role for Governments and Lawmakersp. 135
Cults, Civil Liberties, and Religious Freedom
Cults and Courts
Government Intervention
Government Controls
Responding to the Terrorist Threatp. 151
Mind Control and Manipulation
Misinterpretation and Martyrdom
Epiloguep. 169
Appendix: The Doomsday Documentp. 173
Notesp. 177
Bibliographyp. 195
Indexp. 201
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