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  1. 1. Mind control & Mankind Dr. vijay sardana MD. DM Professor & Head Department of Neurology Medical college , Kota
  2. 3. Mind Control Responsive, creative & Independent adult
  3. 4. Mind control <ul><li>Religion </li></ul><ul><li>Politics </li></ul><ul><li>Spiritual movements </li></ul><ul><li>Terrorism </li></ul><ul><li>Prisoners of war </li></ul>
  4. 5. Mind control <ul><li>Broad range of psychological tactics able to subvert an individual control of his own Thinking, behavior ,emotions or decision </li></ul>
  5. 6. Thought reform <ul><li>Systemic , application of psychological & social influence technique in an organized programmatic way within a constructed & managed environments to produce specific attitudinal 4 behavioral changes </li></ul>
  6. 7. Continuum of influence & persuation <ul><li>Education </li></ul><ul><li>Advertising </li></ul><ul><li>Propaganda </li></ul><ul><li>Indoctrination </li></ul><ul><li>Thought reforms </li></ul>
  7. 8. William Sargents Theory of Mind control <ul><li>Pavlov’s Model </li></ul><ul><li>Brain gifted with religion , social apprehensions as well as power to reason </li></ul><ul><li>Brain should not be abused by any religion or political mystique that stunts the reason , or any crude rationalism that stunts the religious sence </li></ul>
  8. 9. Mind control <ul><li>Freedom of religion expression </li></ul><ul><li>Freedom of spiritual beliefs or spiritual actions </li></ul>
  9. 10. Religion <ul><li>Merriam – Webster's collegiate dictionary definition </li></ul><ul><li>The service and worship of god or the supernatural </li></ul><ul><li>Commitment or devotion to religious faith or observance </li></ul><ul><li>A personal set or institutionalized system of religious beliefs and practices </li></ul><ul><li>A cause, principal or system of beliefs held to with ardor and faith. </li></ul>
  10. 11. Religion assertions <ul><li>One or more gods </li></ul><ul><li>God hear myriad prayers </li></ul><ul><li>God performes various miracles </li></ul><ul><li>Some / all people have life after death </li></ul>
  11. 12. Religion <ul><li>Christianity : about 2 billion </li></ul><ul><li>Islam : about 1 billion </li></ul><ul><li>Hinduism : about 700 million </li></ul>
  12. 13. New age Religion/spirituality <ul><li>Heterogeneous movement of individuals </li></ul><ul><li>No holy text </li></ul><ul><li>No central organization </li></ul><ul><li>No geographical centre </li></ul><ul><li>No formal clarigy </li></ul><ul><li>free flowing spiritual movement & a network of believers & practitioners believing similar belief & practices adding to formal religion that they follow. </li></ul>
  13. 14. New age beliefs <ul><li>8% - astrology </li></ul><ul><li>7% - crystals </li></ul><ul><li>9% - Tarot card </li></ul><ul><li>22% - non traditional concept of nature of god </li></ul><ul><li>11% - “a state of higher consciousness that a person may reach” </li></ul><ul><li>8% - “total realization of personal , human potential” </li></ul><ul><li>3% - “each person is god” </li></ul>
  14. 15. New age practices <ul><li>Crystals </li></ul><ul><li>Meditating </li></ul><ul><li>New age music </li></ul><ul><li>Astrology , Tarot card </li></ul><ul><li>Human potential movements – Transcendental meditation , yoga </li></ul><ul><li>Holistic health – meditation techniques , acupuncture message , crystal healing , therapeutic touch </li></ul>
  15. 16. Cult <ul><li>Merriam Webster online dictionary </li></ul><ul><li>Formal religious variations </li></ul><ul><li>A system of religious beliefs & rituals, also its body of adherents </li></ul><ul><li>A religion regarded as unorthodox or spurious, also its body of adherents </li></ul><ul><li>A system for the cure of disease based on dogma set forth by its promulgator </li></ul><ul><li>Great devotion to a person, idea, object , movement or work </li></ul>
  16. 17. Cults : Types <ul><li>Religious – Christian exodus, church of immortal consciousness </li></ul><ul><li>Political – Hitler’s Nazi Germany , Stalin's USSR </li></ul><ul><li>Terrorists – Al- Queda </li></ul><ul><li>Rebel group – LTTE, Nexel </li></ul><ul><li>Commercial – Amway </li></ul><ul><li>Self help, self growth – spiritual movements </li></ul>
  17. 18. Cults & misconceptions <ul><li>Cult are religious groups </li></ul><ul><li>Cult are easy to spot, wear strange clothes & live in communes. </li></ul><ul><li>Cults are full of the weak weird & emotionally unstable </li></ul>
  18. 24. Terrorists mind <ul><li>Suicide – banned / terrible sin </li></ul><ul><li>“ It is not for any soul to die , save by god’s permission written down for an appointed time.” </li></ul><ul><li>Quran – sura 2.159 , 3.169 </li></ul><ul><li>“ Holy warriors who died fighting in god’s cause are alive and in his presence now “ </li></ul>
  19. 25. Terrorist mind <ul><li>Quran sura (chapter) 4 & 5 </li></ul><ul><li>“ And when he meet those who misbelieve – than striking of heads until he have massacred them and bind fast the bonds” </li></ul><ul><li>“ Then either a free grant (of liberty ) or a ransom until the war shall have lad down the burden that’s – but if god please he would conquer them – but (it is) that he may try some of you by the others . And these who are slain in gods cause , their works shall not go wrong . He will guide them and set right their mind , and will make them enter into paradise which he has told them of” </li></ul>
  20. 26. Terrorist mind <ul><ul><li>‘ waiting room’- al Aaraf </li></ul></ul>
  21. 27. Terrorist mind <ul><li>“ The gates of paradise are under the shadows of the swords” </li></ul>
  22. 28. Terrorist mind <ul><li>Ayatullah khumeni – the purest in Islam is to kill and be kilted for Allah </li></ul><ul><li>Terrorist organizations </li></ul><ul><li>Transnational al- Qaeda </li></ul><ul><li>Lebanon – Hezbollah </li></ul><ul><li>Israel and Palestine – Hamas Islamic jehad </li></ul><ul><li>South Asia – Lashkar-e- Toiba , Jaish –e- Mohammed , Jamaat – ul – mujahideen </li></ul>
  23. 29. Mind control <ul><li>unfreezing – process of breaking a person </li></ul><ul><li>Changing- the indoctrination process </li></ul><ul><li>Refreezing- Reinforcing new identity </li></ul>
  24. 30. Mind Control by Terrorist groups <ul><li>Depluralization :stripping other group member identity </li></ul><ul><li>Self- deindividuation –stripping each members personal identity </li></ul><ul><li>Other deindividuation – stripping personal identity of enemies </li></ul><ul><li>Dehumanization – identifying enemies as subhuman or nonhuman </li></ul><ul><li>Demonization – identifying enemies as evil </li></ul>
  25. 31. Brainwashing v/s Mind control
  26. 32. Mind control <ul><li>Philip zimborrdo </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Process by which individuals or collective freedom of choice & action is compromised by agents or agencies that work or distorts perception , motivation, affect , cognition and/ or behavioral outcome. </li></ul></ul>
  27. 33. Deception
  28. 34. Why join groups <ul><li>Involvement with other people will lead to personal growth </li></ul><ul><li>More one stand or one’s own feet more benefit will arise from cooperating with others </li></ul>
  29. 35. Group recruiting techniques <ul><li>Hyped meeting </li></ul><ul><li>Intense unrelenting pressure </li></ul>
  30. 36. Who would fall for such appeals most of us <ul><li>If appeal made by someone we trusted </li></ul><ul><li>In a setting that was familiar </li></ul><ul><li>Specially if we had unfulfilled needs </li></ul><ul><li>each new member contribute to power of leader by trading his freedom for illusion of security, personal growth and reflected glory </li></ul>
  31. 37. Spiritual movements <ul><li>Members </li></ul><ul><li>Genuine spiritual aspiration </li></ul><ul><li>To search truth behind dreadful aspect of life & an escape there from </li></ul><ul><li>Psychological problems </li></ul><ul><li>Isolation or loneliness </li></ul><ul><li>For young people escape from harsh materialistic society </li></ul><ul><li>Need for father / mother figure </li></ul>
  32. 38. Spiritual moment : vulnerable group <ul><li>Someone in transitional phase of life-new city ,lost job, parent divorced, romantic relationship broken </li></ul><ul><li>Social life absent ,inconstant </li></ul><ul><li>Family remote,/ dysfunctional </li></ul><ul><li>Friends too busy </li></ul><ul><li>Own work tedious/trivial </li></ul><ul><li>Spiritual group promise to fulfill all needs by offering simple path to happiness to success to salvation by following simple rules </li></ul>
  33. 39. Spiritual movements : members <ul><li>Weaker the individual independency more will he be tied to the group </li></ul>
  34. 40. Spiritual group-defense mechanism early positive members <ul><li>Used as public relation shield </li></ul><ul><li>Used to testify benefits of group </li></ul><ul><li>Used as defense </li></ul><ul><li>Potential marketing tool </li></ul>
  35. 41. Love Bombing
  36. 42. Mind control: BITE Model Steven Hassan <ul><li>Behavioral control </li></ul><ul><li>Regulation of physical reality –associations, clothing, food , time, sleep </li></ul><ul><li>More time commitment </li></ul><ul><li>Permission for major decision </li></ul><ul><li>Individualism discouraged, group think provals </li></ul><ul><li>Obedience & dependency </li></ul><ul><li>Rewards & punishments </li></ul>
  37. 43. BITE model <ul><li>Thought control </li></ul><ul><li>Group doctrine or truth </li></ul><ul><li>Thought stopping rituals </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Chanting </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Meditating </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Praying </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Singing or humming </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Denial, rationalization , justification wishful thinking </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>No critical question about leader, doctrine </li></ul><ul><li>No alternative belief option viewed as good /useful </li></ul><ul><li>Only good or proper thoughts encouraged </li></ul>
  38. 44. BITE Model <ul><li>Information control </li></ul><ul><li>Distorted info., deliberately holding info. </li></ul><ul><li>Non cult information access minimised </li></ul><ul><li>Excessive use of cult generated information and propaganda </li></ul><ul><li>spying of other members </li></ul>
  39. 45. Insoluble paradox/ Irrefutable paradoxical assertions (IPA) <ul><li>Paradox – statement partly true, partly untrue or contradicting , and partly perplexing </li></ul><ul><li>Used to cast doubt in a person mind about their own existing attitudes & affiliation, beliefs, characteristics &personal abilities – erodes self confidence </li></ul><ul><li>Can never disproved / refuted – used as double bind </li></ul>
  40. 46. IPA example <ul><li>“ Spiritual life begin with awareness, when one becomes aware that one is unaware, or when one wakes up to the fact that one is asleep”. </li></ul>
  41. 47. IPAs example <ul><li>“ Desire means the present is not sufficient enough, it is not okay the way it is now, this moment. Desire means projection to the next moment . Desire simply mean being unaware of the infinity. Desire simply mean you don’t know yourself. </li></ul><ul><li>… Every desire arises from the sleeping state. Desire is a product of sleep, unconsciousness. Just sleep itself cannot produce desire, but something along with sleep . A spark of beauty, just a spark of beauty in the unconscious creates desire </li></ul>
  42. 48. IPA <ul><li>Cont Desire </li></ul><ul><li>… The more you are loaded with desire, the poorer you are , the weaker you are , strength is wakefulness and in wakefulness there is no desire… just one spark of beauty in wakefulness , in the awakened , manifests as knowledge , as wisdom. That is satwa (purity of consciousness) </li></ul>
  43. 49. IPA's example <ul><li>“ How can we not see this? That every thing in the body is happening by itself. Everything in creation is happening by itself. The flowers are blossoming , the leaves are becoming green, the petals are becoming yellow. The sun is rising, setting. How could one be so blind not to see an unseen hand, behind this whole creation?.... Open your eye and see. You think you are in control of a situation. What are you in control of? Where are you ? Every thing is happening and you are in god: God is all that is.” </li></ul>
  44. 50. IPA example <ul><li>“ You don't need an excuse to celebrate life </li></ul><ul><li>welcome the new year with a genuine smile. The smile come when you know for sure that you are loved. If you don’t know you are loved by divine ,You will not be able to celebrate life. You will live in insecurity; with insecurity come greed, with greed comes selfishness and with that comes anger. with anger comes lust And with that comes sadness and misery, one behind the other – like a chain. </li></ul><ul><li>Some people think being silent is spirituality. Some think only celebration is spirituality Spirituality is a harmonious blend of outer silence and inner celebration and also inner silence and outer celebration. Celebration that comes out of silence in real celebration.” </li></ul>
  45. 51. IPAs <ul><li>“ It is one consciousness that has become the body , has become the mind, has become the intellect and emotions , ego , self. Everything you have in you is made up one consciousness… Like every wave of the water is made-up of the water itself and nothing other than water. </li></ul><ul><li>… .. You think the body makes the consciousness , no consciousness has made the body” </li></ul>
  46. 52. IPAs <ul><li>“ Being a servant is not being a slave , but being a servant is living the dignity of the master , dissolving into the master… being ‘beloved’ is being one with the master , being one with the loved….. </li></ul><ul><li>…… A servant is the master. One who is a servant can only be a master and the master is the servant. There is no difference” </li></ul>
  47. 53. Mind control <ul><li>personal aspirations </li></ul><ul><li>meditation/equivalent inspirational practice </li></ul><ul><li>Mental disorientation by insoluble paradoxes </li></ul><ul><li>Reorientation by peer group pressure </li></ul>
  48. 54. Aim of step by step behavioral programme <ul><li>Make them deployable agents for leadership </li></ul><ul><li>Get them buy more courses </li></ul><ul><li>Get them to make deeper commitment </li></ul>
  49. 55. Relationship Control
  50. 56. Trance phenomenon <ul><li>Modified consciousness/ awareness </li></ul><ul><li>Active critical evaluation thinking dims </li></ul><ul><li>Passive receptive mode </li></ul>
  51. 57. Trance inducing speech <ul><li>“ First the picture is not mine . The picture only appear to be mine. No picture of me is really possible. The moment one knows oneself, one knows something that cannot be depicted , described , framed . I exist as an emptiness that cannot be pictured , that can not be photographed. That is why I could put the picture there … the more you know the picture the more you concentrate on it , the more you come in tune with it , the more you will feel what I am saying . The more you concentrate on it , the more there will not be any picture” </li></ul>
  52. 58. Mind control speech <ul><li>“ We are psychologically conditioned by our race , by our class & by the work that we do… by the social & economic system of which we are a part and by the religion into which we are born or in which we have been brought up. All this goes to show we are just a mass of psychological conditioning, a class conditioning plus an economic conditioning, plus a religious conditioning , plus a national conditioning, plus a linguistic conditioning. There is very little, in fact , that is really ours, really our own… that is really, in a word ,us.” </li></ul><ul><li>Psycho-active agent </li></ul>
  53. 59. Hypnosis <ul><li>Highly focused mental concentration one person allows another to structure object of concentration </li></ul><ul><li>Critical judgment & peripheral awareness suspended </li></ul>
  54. 60. BITE model <ul><li>Emotional control </li></ul><ul><li>Manipulate & narrow range of a person’s feeling </li></ul><ul><li>Excessive use of guilt </li></ul><ul><li>Excessive use of fear </li></ul><ul><li>If fault – individuals not group’s/ leader’s </li></ul><ul><li>Ritual & often public confession of sins </li></ul><ul><li>Phobia indoctrination </li></ul>
  55. 61. Emotional manipulation <ul><li>Psychological principals directing human behavior :Areas of manipulations </li></ul><ul><li>Consistency </li></ul><ul><li>Reciprocity </li></ul><ul><li>Social proof </li></ul><ul><li>Authority </li></ul><ul><li>Liking </li></ul><ul><li>Scarcity </li></ul>
  56. 62. Exclusivism
  57. 63. <ul><li>Character assassination </li></ul>
  58. 64. Use & misuse/exploitation of Yoga & Meditation
  59. 65. Meditation, yoga U.S <ul><li>7.6% - Meditation </li></ul><ul><li>5% - Yoga </li></ul><ul><li>CDC – 2002 </li></ul>
  60. 66. Meditation (T.M.) <ul><li>initial; calmness, tranquility, blissful state, general state of happiness </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Anguish, fear, terrifying images </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Long term </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>76% develop mental disturbances </li></ul><ul><li> anxiety 52% </li></ul><ul><li>depression 45% </li></ul><ul><li> regression 39% </li></ul><ul><li>suicidal tendency 20% </li></ul>
  61. 68. Meditation & science <ul><li>Meditation starvs the mind of stimulus (sensory stimulus) </li></ul><ul><li>(Arthur Chappell) </li></ul><ul><li>Meditation – serotonin – paradoxical relaxation induced anxiety </li></ul><ul><li>(Dr. solemn Snyder – Head neuroscience, john Hopkins unit) </li></ul><ul><li>Decrease blood flow in post parietal lobe – Loss of boundaries- decrease sense of self- ‘one’ with the universe (Dr. Andrew Newberg – unit of Pennsylvania) </li></ul><ul><li>1018 mediators – meditation can bring about symptom of CPS (Dr. Michael Per singer – prof. neuroscience, Canada) </li></ul>
  62. 69. Meditation <ul><li>“ changing religion / inner self is not like changing profession Excitement lesson over the years , and soon you are not excited and then where are you? Homeless inside yourself” </li></ul><ul><li>Dalai lama – Tibet </li></ul>
  63. 70. Meditation <ul><li>Those who wish to shut their eyes, and meditate to know if the world’s true or lies </li></ul><ul><li>may do so. Its their choice but I meanwhile </li></ul><ul><li>with hungry eyes that can’t be satisfied shall take a look at the world in broad day light </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li>Rabindra nath Tagore (1896) </li></ul>
  64. 71. Spiritual movements & Leaders
  65. 72. Spiritual movements : Leaders Possible in many <ul><li>Difficult youth, self chosen isolation at childhood introvert. Therefore not used to share inner life with friends </li></ul><ul><li>Narcissistically absorbed in inner mental process </li></ul><ul><li>Undergone a traumatic experience </li></ul><ul><li>Authoritarian attitude Elitists and antidemocratic </li></ul><ul><li>Attracting discipline rather than friends as they never learned to exchange thoughts in childhood </li></ul>
  66. 73. Spiritual Leaders: Traits <ul><li>Know something you can not know by yourself </li></ul><ul><li>Promise access to hidden reality if you will follow their teachings , hand your life over to them </li></ul><ul><li>There are thing you can not know about guru & guru’s personal life </li></ul><ul><li>Any doubts reflection of your own unworthiness </li></ul><ul><li>More obscure action of guru – more likely if is to be right </li></ul><ul><li>You can’t admire the guru you must worship him </li></ul><ul><li>You must obey him – for greater he is & Lesser you are </li></ul>
  67. 74. Leaders / guru’s Path Razors edge <ul><li>Temptation of </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Abuse of followers </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Financial unresponsibility </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Sexual abuse </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Mass suicide </li></ul></ul></ul></ul>
  68. 75. Code of Ethics for spiritual guides <ul><li>Council for spiritual practices </li></ul><ul><li>Intention </li></ul><ul><li>Serving society </li></ul><ul><li>Serving individual </li></ul><ul><li>Competence </li></ul><ul><li>Integrity </li></ul><ul><li>Quite presence </li></ul><ul><li>Non profit </li></ul><ul><li>Tolerance </li></ul><ul><li>Peer review </li></ul>
  69. 76. Spiritual guides / leaders <ul><li>Money for membership / participation </li></ul><ul><li>“ Real masters never charge for their services , nor do they accept payment in any form or any sort of materials benefits for their instructions . This is a universal law among masters, yet it is amazing that thousands of eager's seekers pay large some of money for “spiritual instructor” . Masters are always self sustaining. They are never supported by their student or by public charity”. </li></ul><ul><li>Julian p. Johnson – The path of the masters (1939) </li></ul>
  70. 77. Spiritual guide /Leader <ul><li>Leader/ group proselytize rigorously for new recircuits/ converts? </li></ul><ul><li>Vigorous an programme of recruiting - dividing force in the society cutting in to family and relationships </li></ul><ul><li>Consciously pushing theory- not only alternative but a required necessity. “I am saved, you are still lost”. </li></ul><ul><li>“ I found it, you haven’t” </li></ul>
  71. 78. Spiritual Leader <ul><li>? unable to take criticism </li></ul><ul><li>? present as non profit while raking In millions </li></ul><ul><li>? takes credit for particular healing / meditating technique </li></ul><ul><li>? encourage / permits adoration from his followers </li></ul><ul><li>? contents of message </li></ul><ul><li>?relies on slick presentation </li></ul><ul><li>? hierarchy of access </li></ul>
  72. 79. Mind control & Mankind <ul><li>“ for evil to triumph in their world, it is only necessary for good people to do nothing” </li></ul>
  73. 80. Mind control & Mankind <ul><li>Alberts Einstein </li></ul><ul><li>“ The world is a dangerous place to live , not because of the people who are evil but because of the people who don’t do anything about it’’ </li></ul>
  74. 81. Why some people are not affected <ul><li>Individual personality </li></ul><ul><li>Suggeolibility </li></ul><ul><li>Genetic physiological & psychological strengths & weakness </li></ul><ul><li>Life experiences </li></ul><ul><li>Degree of persuasion by group </li></ul>
  75. 82. Key warning signs of mind control trap <ul><li>Times you are vulnerable </li></ul><ul><li>Single charismatic leader </li></ul><ul><li>Secret knowledge </li></ul><ul><li>Experiential rather than logical </li></ul><ul><li>Instant friends, true friendship develops over time </li></ul><ul><li>People of group always seeming constantly happy and enthusiastic </li></ul><ul><li>Never ending compulsory meetings and tasks </li></ul><ul><li>Targeting women </li></ul>
  76. 83. Lord Buddha : 6 centaury B.C. <ul><li>Rely not a teacher/person, but on the teaching </li></ul><ul><li>Rely not on the words of teaching but on spirit of words </li></ul><ul><li>Don’t believe in any thing simply b’cos you have heard it </li></ul><ul><li>Don’t believe in traditions because they have been handed over for many generations </li></ul>
  77. 84. Lord Buddha : 6 centaury B.C. <ul><li>Don’t believe anything because it is spoken & rumored by many </li></ul><ul><li>Don’t believe in anything because it is written in religious books </li></ul><ul><li>Analyze & observe -apply reasons, if any thing is good & beneficial to one &all agree to it. </li></ul>
  78. 85. conclusion <ul><li>Life is not a disease requiring any ‘pill’ </li></ul><ul><li>World is not a place from which to escape or detach </li></ul><ul><li>Mind is no longer something to conquer </li></ul><ul><li>Mind is no longer something to cleanse of impurities </li></ul><ul><li>Reasoning is your best friend , will serve, save you enlighten you till you die. </li></ul>
  79. 86. Thanks