sâmbătă, 17 septembrie 2011


BITE Model
Mind Control – The BITE Model

From chapter two of Releasing the Bonds: Empowering
People to Think for Themselves*

*© 2000 by Steven Hassan; published by Freedom
of Mind Press, Somerville MA

Destructive mind control can be understood in terms
of four basic components, which form the acronym BITE:

I. Behavior Control
II. Information Control
III. Thought Control
IV. Emotional Control

It is important to understand that destructive mind
control can be determined when the overall effect of these four
components promotes dependency and obedience to some leader or cause.
It is not necessary for every single item on the list to be present.
Mind controlled cult members can live in their own apartments, have
nine-to-five jobs, be married with children, and still be unable
to think for themselves and act independently.
Behavior Control

1. Regulation of individual’s physical reality

a. Where, how and with whom the member lives and associates with

b. What clothes, colors, hairstyles the person wears

c. What food the person eats, drinks, adopts, and rejects

d. How much sleep the person is able to have

e. Financial dependence

f. Little or no time spent on leisure, entertainment, vacations

2. Major time commitment required for indoctrination sessions and
group rituals

3. Need to ask permission for major decisions

4. Need to report thoughts, feelings and activities to superiors

5. Rewards and punishments (behavior modification techniques- positive
and negative).

6. Individualism discouraged; group think prevails

7. Rigid rules and regulations

8. Need for obedience and dependency
Information Control

1. Use of deception

a. Deliberately holding back information

b. Distorting information to make it acceptable

c. Outright lying

2. Access to non-cult sources of information minimized or discouraged

a. Books, articles, newspapers, magazines, TV, radio

b. Critical information

c. Former members

d. Keep members so busy they don’t have time to think

3. Compartmentalization of information; Outsider vs. Insider doctrines

a. Information is not freely accessible

b. Information varies at different levels and missions within

c. Leadership decides who “needs to know” what

4. Spying on other members is encouraged

a. Pairing up with “buddy” system to monitor and control

b. Reporting deviant thoughts, feelings, and actions to leadership

5. Extensive use of cult generated information and propaganda

a. Newsletters, magazines, journals, audio tapes, videotapes,

b. Misquotations, statements taken out of context from non-cult

6. Unethical use of confession

a. Information about “sins” used to abolish identity

b. Past “sins” used to manipulate and control; no forgiveness
or absolution

Thought Control

1. Need to internalize the group’s doctrine as “Truth”

a. Map = Reality

b. Black and White thinking

c. Good vs. evil

d. Us vs. them (inside vs. outside)

2. Adopt “loaded” language (characterized by “thought-terminating
clichés”). Words are the tools we use to think with.
These “special” words constrict rather than expand understanding.
They function to reduce complexities of experience into trite, platitudinous
“buzz words”.

3. Only “good” and “proper” thoughts are encouraged.

4. Thought-stopping techniques (to shut down “reality testing”
by stopping “negative” thoughts and allowing only “good”
thoughts); rejection of rational analysis, critical thinking, constructive

a. Denial, rationalization, justification, wishful thinking

b. Chanting

c. Meditating

d. Praying

e. Speaking in “tongues”

f. Singing or humming

5. No critical questions about leader, doctrine, or policy seen
as legitimate

6. No alternative belief systems viewed as legitimate, good, or
Emotional Control

1. Manipulate and narrow the range of a person’s feelings.

2. Make the person feel like if there are ever any problems it
is always their fault, never the leader’s or the group’s.

3. Feeling-stopping (with number 4, Excessive use of guilt). Like thought-stopping, this is the automatic suppression or blocking of feelings that are not acceptable by the cult identity- such as feeling \”homesick\” or feeling \”depressed\” or feeling \”resentful\”.

4. Excessive use of guilt

a. Identity guilt

1. Who you are (not living up to your potential)

2. Your family

3. Your past

4. Your affiliations

5. Your thoughts, feelings, actions

b. Social guilt

c. Historical guilt

5. Excessive use of fear

a. Fear of thinking independently

b. Fear of the “outside” world

c. Fear of enemies

d. Fear of losing one’s “salvation”

e. Fear of leaving the group or being shunned by group

f. Fear of disapproval

6. Extremes of emotional highs and lows.

7. Ritual and often public confession of “sins”.

8. Phobia indoctrination : programming of irrational fears of ever
leaving the group or even questioning the leader’s authority. The
person under mind control cannot visualize a positive, fulfilled
future without being in the group.

a. No happiness or fulfillment “outside”of the group

b. Terrible consequences will take place if you leave: “hell”;
“demon possession”; “incurable diseases”;
“accidents”; “suicide”; “insanity”;
“10,000 reincarnations”; etc.

c. Shunning of leave takers. Fear of being rejected by friends,
peers, and family.

d. Never a legitimate reason to leave. From the group’s perspective,
people who leave are: “weak;” “undisciplined;”
“unspiritual;” “worldly;” “brainwashed
by family, counselors;” seduced by money, sex, rock and roll.

Un comentariu:

  1. Ma bucur ca ai adus in prim plan tehnicile mainstream de manipulare. E un subiect generos.
    Problema e cu atat mai grava cu cat se practica inca pe scara larga la nivel global in plin secol 21.
    Ca observator al diferitelor curente care bantuie lumea, pot spune ca analiza de mai sus e intrutotul adevarata.
    Depersonalizarea, introducerea sentimentului de vinovatie, apartenenta la un grup "mai elevat", dependenta de un lider de opinie harismatic, singura salvare numai prin practicarea si promovarea doctrinelor miscarii respective ca singur adevar deasupra altor adevaruri "impartiale"- iata cateva din tehnicile de persuasiune si manipulare care indobitocesc si cretinizeaza mintile care se pierd in noianul de informatii introduse alrt, fara a se fi lasta timp pentru digerarea lor.

    Problema nu e lipsa informatiilor ci abundenta lor. Creierul nu are timp sa se focuseze pe un anumit subiect si sa-i parcurga toate implicatiile.
    In aparenta, toate doctrinele se leaga, toate ideile converg spre o concluzie care arunca o lumina favorabila asupra "veridicitatii" grupului respectiv de influenta.

    Numai ca.... exista o cheie care ajuta la evitarea caderii in capcanele amintite mai sus:
    Capcanarea capcanatorilor. Simplu. Detasarea mintii de actiunile exercitate asupra ei si concentrarea "cumva din exterior" asupra intregii panorame. Un fel de "Think outside the box" Adica contestarea permanenta si pe fir logic a oricarei afirmatii menite sa convinga "tinta" manipularii de "bunele intentii", "singurele capabile sa salveze persoana respectiva de o ingrozitoare repercusiune eterna".
    Manipulatorilor nu le convine atunci cand le e suspectata buna credinta. O examinare atenta si rabdatoare a tuturor actiunilor manipulatorilor in vederea observarii inconsecventelor intre teorii si practica.
    Aici am putea vorbi situational si la concret insa nu stiu daca e momentul potrivit....

    Izolarea individului de familia sa si introducerea intr-o "familie largita" de persoane "iubitoare si serviabile", accelereaza procesul de alienare a celui manipulat.
    Lasat fara suport moral din partea familiei care nu intelege si accepta "noile revelatii", individul e mai usor de manipulat emotional si de formarea unei dependente maladive fata de liderul de grup.
    Solutia ar fi la fel de simpla: simularea unei contestatii a bunelor intentii si parasirea temporara a intrunirilor grupului respectiv, coroborat cu o declaratie de indoiala asupra absolutismului afirmatiilor manipulatorului. Brusc, cel manipulat va realiza ca in jurul lui se creeaza un mare gol iar "noua familie iubitoare" il repudiaza amenintandu-l cu izolarea si damnarea eterna.
    Ar fi multe de spus....