A Denver woman is suing her former employer, a dentist. She says she was fired because she refused to continue to take Scientology-based "training" courses. Dental offices are widely known as targets for Scientology-based "consulting" firms, which charge dentists huge amounts of money and recruit cult members from them. The Denver woman has already received a right-to-sue from the Denver federal court, and now needs an attorney to continue her case. Please send any attorney recommendations to firstname.lastname@example.org, or write to FACTNet. Thanks for any help!
Tactics of mind control
Mind control is best understood as a coordinated system of influence and behavior control designed to deceptively manipulate individuals, usually in a group setting, for the financial, political, or other profit of the manipulator. The implementation of some or all of the following seven tactics may comprise a mind control system.
TACTIC 1. The individual is prepared for thought reform through increased suggestibility or "softening up" through hypnotic techniques such as: extended audio, visual, or verbal fixation drills; excessive repetition of routine activities; sleep deprivation; and food deprivation.
TACTIC 2. Using punishments and rewards, efforts are made to establish considerable control over the person's social environment, time, and sources of social support. Isolation is promoted. Contact with family and friends is abridged, as is contact with persons who do not share group-approved attitudes. Economic and other dependence on the group is fostered. (In mind control's forerunner, brainwashing, simple imprisonment was used for this.)
TACTIC 3. Communication is highly controlled. An "in-group" language is usually constructed. Disconfirming information and non-supporting opinions are prohibited in group communication. Rules exist about permissible topics to discuss with outsiders.
TACTIC 4. Frequent, intense attempts are made to cause a person to re-evaluate the most central aspects of his or her experience of self and prior conduct in negative ways. Efforts are designed to destabilize and undermine the subject's basic consciousness, reality awareness, world view, and emotional control.
TACTIC 5. Frequent, intense attempts are made to undermine one's confidence in one's judgment and oneself, to create a sense of powerlessness.
TACTIC 6. Nonphysical punishments are used such as intense humiliation, loss of privilege, social isolation, social status changes, intense guilt, and anxiety, and creating strong aversive emotional arousal.
TACTIC 7. Psychological threats are used: failure to adopt the approved attitude, belief, or behavior will lead to severe punishment or dire consequence, such as the appearance or reappearance of physical or mental illness, drug dependence, economic collapse, social failure, divorce, disintegration, failure to find a mate, etc.