The late Robert Vaughn Young walked away from the Scientology -- only to be talked into returning. When he later left the cult for good, he rejected theories about 'brainwashing' and 'mind control,' but eventually found parallels between victims of domestic violence and those who leave other abusive situations.
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Many Christians unwittingly get caught up in abusive churches -- or relationships -- in which they are subjected to spiritual abuse. Stephen Martin's book The Heresy of Mind Control helps Christians recognize the warning signs that a group and its leader are dangerous.
Psychiatrist and author Dr. Robert J. Lifton -- know for, among other things, his theory on brainwashing -- addresses doomsday cults such as Aum Shinrikyo.
Mind control refers to the unethical use of persuasian methods with the aim of recruiting people into joining or remaining involved with a group, movement, relationship or cause.
Destructive mind control can be understood in terms of four basic components, which form the acronym BITE
Used of cults, "brainwashing" or "mind control" refers to the unethical use of persuasion methods with the aim of recruiting people into joining or remaining involved with a group, movement, or cause. Also referred to as Mind Control. Sociologists, cult experts and others are sharply divided on this contentious issue. Some see brainwashing as a plausible explanation of why people join and remain in cults. Others call it "junk science." Not surprisingly, brainwashing theories are hotly contested by cult sympathizers.