I often mention brainwashing or mind control in my articles and daily discussions, and I have come to realize that many people actually don’t believe that such things exist. This is something I find a little silly since we are all assaulted every day in about every aspect of our lives with different attempts to manipulate our beliefs and behavior. There is just no escaping from it.
I’m talking a lot on this site about the power of the mind and how we can use it for our own benefits and purposes, but we also have to be aware that this same power can easily be used by other people to control us.
Mind control, frame control, or brainwashing all refer to a set of techniques, tactics and strategies whose ultimate goal is to indoctrinate a person, or a targeted group of individuals, to follow an induced belief system, to trigger emotions, to control thinking as well as to engender specific behaviour.
When under the influence of mind control, a person or a group does not really think independently anymore. Beliefs are created or replaced with new ones, and even new needs are created… all this followed by a call-to-action. All of that, without any voluntary consent from the victim -who is in fact not even aware of what is going on- he/she is just carrying on with the desired behaviour, thinking it’s a free choice coming from within.
This is a vast subject, and it would surely take more than one post to cover the whole dimension of it. The idea behind this article is only to sustain awareness of the phenomenon in order to allow detection when it is being used against us.
Emotions are the ultimate source of motivation. By provoking the appropriate emotional trigger for a specific group of people in a particular context, those people will then perform behaviours that are associated with that emotion.
By understanding the details of those parameters, an effective mind control strategy can be elaborated and executed with striking effectiveness.
The most commonly used emotions for mind control are:
With this knowledge in hand, large resources, and control over mass media, mind control is effectively done at a large scale to manipulate public behaviour.
Here is a briefly described common mind control strategy that most of us have already dealt with or observed in life.
They are definitively heavy users of mind control. Politicians are renowned for being master manipulators. Here are some of their favourite tools:
Framing people as retards
Explaining a situation or their proposition to the public the same way they would explain it to a child or a retard, pretending that they have to do that in order to be understood by everyone. Boxing the debate that way will inevitably lead reaction to be also lacking of intelligence.
Politicians have a tendency of diverting the public attention from significant matters by continually flooding the media with insignificant information, phoney concerns and decoy crises. This practice in itself prevents the public to gain interest in real social problems and in important areas of knowledge. Also, promoting a lifestyle that keeps people very busy, they prevent them from having the time to learn, think and take any kind of action that could endanger their power.
Using emotions to keep the logic away
Framing the entire situation in an emotional context will inevitably engender powerful emotional response based on fear, anger, pride or revenge that will cloud rational thinking and logical argumentation. This, in return, allows them to control how they respond to the behaviour of the emotionally driven population.
The education system, that is supposed to teach young people fundamental facts and skills in order to allow them to deal properly with reality, is unfortunately also heavily used to indoctrinate the young to be passive, to not question authority, and to trust the government and their experts on TV without question.
The education system is often used as a filter to weed out the free-thinkers, rebels, “unconventionals” and promote the passive, conventional and compliant ones to the next level.
Students are compelled to believe everything the teacher says, without verification. The words of the education system became the guiding truth for youngsters. Usually, schools have unwritten rules regarding specific subjects that cannot be discussed. Some topics are illogically labeled as vulgar or foolish, and those who have interest in those subjects are often publicly ridiculed.
They condition student to believe that failure to submit to the system will have serious consequences. No employment, poverty, and no future.
Also, the quality of education that is available to the lower social classes is reduced most of the time, which contributes to a gradual increase in the gap that exists between lower classes and the elite.
In commercial marketing
The end goal of marketing is to encourage potential customers to buy a specific product. It doesn’t take a genius to realize that marketing practices, in most cases, are nothing more but mind control strategies. Choosing specific, colors, music, odors, and wording are all about tricking your mind into creating a need and the compulsion to buy the product ASAP, before you even have the chance to wake up from the trance.
Marketing campaigns often cause anxiety and force the individual to lose self-esteem and self-confidence in the process. Just take a look at advertisements featuring women: 80% of ads targeting women try to make you believe that you would not be able to live without their products, and this is why they feature top models so that you would feel less and less with every breath. The fitness industries also use that practice a lot by promoting their steroid boosted models.
Feeling like shit, the victims buy the product hoping they would become as attractive as those fake models.
Manipulating customer reviews
Advertisements often promote that 9 out of 10 people like particular products. Trusting other customers, believing they are like them, most people base their buying decisions based on what others are thinking.
For a long time now, most marketers fake positive reviews in order to manipulate the overall consumer opinion. On top of that, they also use those reviews to make the consumer feel that the product is a must-have for all.
It is doubtful that you will ever see an advertisement where advertisers tell people directly to buy their product. Rather, they will persuade you with some sort of sneaky tactic like, for example, they will often use idolized and loved celebrities to persuade customers to buy the products or to become fan of a certain brand. By using emotions such as love or admiration, they simply use those hired influencers to build an emotional connection between the product and their target audience.
In religious cult
Religious cults are the incontestable world champions of brainwashing. Most of them are master innovators in the art and don’t forbid themselves from using the sneakiest techniques. I could go on and on about that one, but here is a small set of examples.
Book, slogan, symbol and song
Any religious cult with self-respect is fully equipped with all the necessary classic propaganda materials!
- The Holy book, which reveals the only real truth about everything and the only true way to fight evil, which is bizarrely always super ambiguously written.
- Graphic symbols, which must be worn and used in worshiping sessions.
- Songs and prayers in wish-affirmation are repeated following a tempo. (Auto-suggestion)
- One-on-one discussions, mass assemblies, movies, soundtracks, live theaters, prints…
Solution to all problems
The follower is told that there is a simple answer to all of his/her problems. The only thing he/she has to do is blindly believe whatever the cult is telling them. Usually, coming to the weekly brainwashing update meeting, paying the cult fees and reading the Holy book repeatedly.
Cutting off the rest of the world
The normal views of the world offered by society are discredited. Most of the natural human values and instincts are usually denounced as evil delusions. The follower is also taught not to trust his/her own perceptions, and instead rely only on what the cult is telling him/her. Since the followers are cut off from the external world, they have nobody and nothing else to lean on that creates dependence on the cult.
We are all sinners!
Followers are induced to feel that they are bad or wrong. Their confidence is undermined and vital behaviours, like sexuality, are condemned as evil. Most normal psychological drives like anger, pride, and envy are labeled as bad. They frame it in a way that the victim feels guilty of being human. When a person feels less confident and powerless, he/she then becomes easier to control.
As you can see, this is just the tip of the iceberg, and examples of mind control techniques are endless. Those strategies are not reserved for the powerful elite… you can also start your own cult, or brainwash your annoying boss for a change!
My point is that understanding that reality is in fact nothing more than what you think it is can give you great personal power. Be aware, this knowledge becomes exponentially more powerful the day you start shaping other people’s reality.
If you want to learn the basic, I recommend you to read Mind Control Mastery: Successful Guide to Human Psychology and Manipulation, Persuasion and Deception by Jeffrey Powell. In this book you will find the most comprehensive techniques of human psychology, manipulation, persuasion and deception. Not only it will help you to develop these powerful skills to support you own agenda but it will also give you the tools to protect yourself from other people’s con.
Stay alert about those things in your everyday life. It is essential if you want to stay fully in control and have the power to choose how you want to invest your own resources in order to achieve your own goal!
Keep your mind free, and carry on!
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