Cults, Brainwashing and Psychological Manipulation
I'm interested in the way peoples beliefs are formed and changed. This
includes the manipulation techniques used by cults, and by
What is a cult?
To be honest, this question doesn't interest me as much as it seems to
interest others. My interest is more in the tactics used to propagate
belief systems. However, you can find some people's views here:
General information on cults
The American Family Foundation ( http://www.csj.org/
) is a secular,
non-profit making organisation giving information on cults.Their
"Cult-101" ( http://www.csj.org/infoserv_cult101/cult101.htm
) is a good
primer on cults.
The Australian Cult Awareness & Information Centre
) is another good source of links. The
Cult Information Centre (CIC) ( http://www.cultinformation.org.uk/home.html
) provides a
number of succinct checklists, such as Mind Control Techniques
Yahoo's Cult Page
is a good place to find other sites.
What tactics do cults use?
Why not take Omni magazine's Cult Test
) to see if
you're a potential victim? After completing the test, you will be
given a very interesting list of cult manipulation tactics.
Also see the Psychological aspects of cults
), a list of mind control
techniques ( http://www.xenu.net/cic/mindctrl.html
), and Six criteria
for thought reform
Information on particular cults
If you want to find out about a particular cult, try:
Ex-cult-members can swap information at the
ex-cult archive - ( http://www.ex-cult.org/
For the flip side, see the Religious Tolerance page on
the anti-cult movement - ( http://www.religioustolerance.org/acm.htm
See Also: Religion Links
-- Andy Pryke
- 04 Nov 2001