Brainwashing and Mind Control in Religious Cults and Elsewhere

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.