Understanding Mind Control
and Exploitive Groups
Education + Investigation = Emancipation
Without My Informed Consent!
Did you give your informed consent at the time you went into the group?
How Mind Manipulation is Used for Influence and Control
Includes: "The Techniques of Coercive Persuasion"
Profile of a Sociopath
A number of religious cult leaders may exhibit many of these behavioral characteristics.
Leaders of Totalistic Groups Have These Traits in Common
Includes at end: Totalistic Groups Have Much in Common
Comparing the One True Churches
Helps exiters see the similarities between HWA's "one true church" and other groups which claim the same thing. [offsite article]
Lifton's Eight Criteria of Thought Reform
Includes how it has been used by leaders of any high demand, authoritarian group.
An Open Letter to Our Acquaintances in Worldwide Church of God
Covers fear and thought reform.
If You Have a Loved One in a Deceptive, Exploitive Group
What has happened and how to try and reach them.
Recovery Info for Exiters (Understanding our Involvement)
Covers why we were vulnerable, how propaganda and mind control works, indoctrination, effects, educating yourself, healing, and more. By founder of ESN.
How Did I End Up in a Spiritually Abusive Group?
Also shows the results of being these groups
Where Do I Find the "One True Church"?
Covers how to avoid a spiritually abusive, Bible-based cult or cultic group.
Clues to Application of Mind Control
Very good and detailed letter showing how religious cults are able to remove God from our minds and replace it with the authority in the organization; i. e, "the government."
Are You Being Recruited into a Totalistic Group?
(Twenty-two Differences in Content, Emphasis, Methods, Church life and Lifestyle)
How Did Herbert W. Armstrong Recruit People?
The step by step process.
Principles of Influence Used in Society
Often used by those leading totalistic groups.
How to Resist Mind Control
Resisting persuasion, resisting systems, challenging the system.
Cults [offsite article]
Good three part article on "Cults: Questions & Answers" and "Cult Influence Tactics."
The Cult Test [offsite article]
Shows many characteristics of these groups.
Wolves in Sheep's Clothing [offsite article]
The Battle For Your Mind (Persuasion & Brainwashing Techniques Being Used On The Public Today) [offsite article]
Very interesting article on techniques used. [Note: ESN does not endorse all material on this site.]
Bobby Fischer Speaks Out! [offsite article]
Exclusive Interview with world chess champion where he explains how he was able to have his mind manipulated by Herbert Armstrong. This is a very enlightening interview in regard to what is done to one's mind. [Note: Be aware that this is posted on an atheist/agnostic website].