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Identifying Sociopaths & Mind Control

June 4, 2014

Profile of a Sociopath, Cult Leaders and those who use Mind Control. Investigate and see what is happening in the world. There is deliberate manipulation of innocent people's minds through the use of skilled thought reform techniques! I have been subjected to several forms of Mind Control, Brain Washing, Coercive Persuasion and relationships with Sociopath-Cult Leader mentalities. They all use similar techniques, which I will outline here for you. They all have similar characteristic traits, which I outline here for you.  This can be used as a Check-list to see how many “red flags” or signs does someone present from these categories. Then it is for you to decide with awareness if you wish to be subjected to deliberate manipulation or mind control.


First I must start by saying the people who fall into these lists come across as; Kind, Spiritual, Successful, Righteous and Wise. The web they are spinning will contain key words that will allow you to believe they are “like minded” with you. They cloak themselves as sheep but they are actually not innocent or harmless.


Here is some basic info about the 4 Brain States which is important to be aware of because this information is used in order to manipulate people.


Let's begin with a brief overview of each of the 4 main brain wave states.




















Detached Awareness




The brain has multiple levels – including the Alpha and Theta levels which provide access to hidden and incredibly powerful brain faculties. When in these states, you can actually reprogram your thoughts and beliefs to remove negativity and plant positive ideas.


We already know that programming works. Everything you believe today was programmed into you in some form or another. What you learned in school, church and at home was all the result of repetition at a young age.


The process starts by learning how to willingly enter the Alpha brain level. From there, you will learn how to solve basic problems in this state of mind and eventually develop the brain power needed to reprogram how you think about yourself and the world around you.

Be Aware that you are vulnerable when in the Alpha or Theta states, you become highly suggestible.


There are four basic ways to bypass the conscious mind and deliver positive suggestions to the subconscious. Here are the four basic methods with a brief description of each.


1. Relaxation
:  The most common way to get suggestions past the conscious mind into the subconscious is through deep relaxation. By relaxing the conscious mind you are decreasing its negative nature, and the positive suggestions are able to bypass it and go into the subconscious. This technique works on the majority of people. 


2. Keep It Busy
: Some people are not able to relax or do not enjoy relaxing as much as others. For these people (who are a small portion of society), their minds must be kept busy for suggestions to get through. Once given a job to do, they will focus their entire attention on the job, thereby letting down their conscious guard. Once that has been accomplished, the suggestions can slip by the conscious mind into the subconscious.


3. Shock It:  
The third way of bypassing the conscious mind is by using rapid or instant induction. Rapid or instant inductions are most often used during comedy hypnosis shows. This is an instantaneous form of hypnosis in which the hypnotist, through one of many methods, shouts the word “sleep” and the subject appears to immediately drop into a deep hypnotic trance. A very effective area of rapid or instant inductions is emergency hypnosis, which is often used by EMTs and other training emergency personnel.
The basic concept of instant or rapid induction is to bypass the conscious mind by shocking it for several seconds. If you ever while sleeping felt that you were on the edge of your bed and suddenly began to fall, you have experienced an instant induction. For one or two seconds you feel as if you are trying to catch your balance and doing everything within your power to not fall. At that very same time in which you are trying to catch your balance consciously, if a one-word suggestion such as “sleep” or “heal” were given, it would immediately bypass the conscious mind and be reacted upon by the subconscious.


4. Medications:  
Medications are often used in hospital emergency and operating rooms. Patients under anesthesia are highly susceptible to suggestions. This is why it is very important while someone is undergoing a medical procedure that they be given positive affirmations.


How to Effectively Communicate with the Subconscious Mind using Hypnosis... First bring person into Alpha State...


Now that the subject is in an alpha state and maybe even generating a few theta waves, the subconscious mind is ready to be programmed. At this point, suggestions and visualizations are used to send effective messages to the subject's subconscious mind to facilitate the desired change. In some cases, old belief systems may need to be let go of or core issues may need to be dealt with. If the old belief systems are left intact, our mind may be conflicted trying to reconcile two opposing beliefs systems and our results will likely reflect that. So it's important to bring the beliefs held in our subconscious mind into alignment with the desires of our conscious mind. First, we let go of beliefs or core issues that created the unwanted behavior in the first place, and then we go about the task of influencing our subconscious mind to help us create the desired behavior.


How Mind Manipulation is Used 
For Influence and Control

Mind manipulation is a strategy used by deceptive, exploitive groups for the expansion of their influence, control and exploitation. (Not all these factors need be present for the group to be considered harmful.)

The leaders have three objective in mind: 1) recruit converts, 2) control lives, and 3) make money.

Here is how they indoctrinate you….

Factors to indoctrinate a person:

  • Isolation

  • Hunger (or fasting)

  • Fatigue

  • Tenseness (unpredictability)

  • Fear-Love Relationship

  • Threats which the person doesn't realize or perceive

  • Repetition

  • Lack of privacy (physical and mental)

Depending on which deceptive group you are talking about, these factors are used more or less in producing mind manipulation. Thought-reform is the name of the game--reform to what the leader wants his followers to think.

Fear phobia induction is used to cause the member to become submissive and obedient.

During the time when the individual is being indoctrinated,
he/she does the following things:

  • Studies diligently

  • Listens hour after hour without asking any questions

  • Self-examines himself and what he stands for

  • Becomes self-critical

  • Re-examines himself and his/her beliefs

  • Reaches new thought conclusions

  • Learns by doing

  • Does not test reality with anyone outside the group (Questions are only answered within the group by programmed statements from the leader.)

The most important and last phase is impressing the individual with the infallibility of the group leader. "God has revealed great things to the leader" or has had "revelations which no other person has duplicated in all of history."



A number of religious cult leaders may exhibit many of the behavioral characteristics of a sociopath--an outstanding ability to charm and seduce followers. Since they appear apparently normal, they are not easily recognizable as deviant or disturbed. Although only a trained professional can make a diagnosis of whether or not someone is a sociopath, it is important to be able to recognize the personality type in order to avoid further abuse. These traits also apply to a one-on-one cultic relationship.

  • Glibness/Superficial Charm
Language can be used without effort by them to confuse and convince their audience. Captivating storytellers that exude self-confidence, they can spin a web that intrigues others. Since they are persuasive, they have the capacity to destroy their critics verbally or emotionally.

  • Manipulative and Conning
They never recognize the rights of others and see their self-serving behaviors permissible. They appear to be charming, yet are covertly hostile and domineering, seeing their victim as merely an instrument to be used. They dominate and humiliate their victims.

  • Grandiose Sense of Self
Feels entitled to certain things as "their right." Craves adulation and attendance. Must be the center of attention with their own fantasies as the "spokesman for God," "enlightened," "leader of humankind," etc. Creates an us-versus-them mentality

  • Pathological Lying
Has no problem lying coolly and easily and it is almost impossible for them to be truthful on a consistent basis. Can create, and get caught up in, a complex belief about their own powers and abilities. Extremely convincing and able to pass lie detector tests.

  • Lack of Remorse, Shame or Guilt
A deep seated rage, which is split off and repressed, is at their core. Does not see others around them as people, but only as targets and opportunities. Instead of friends, they have victims and accomplices who end up as victims. The end always justifies the means and they let nothing stand in their way.

  • Shallow Emotions
When they show what seems to be warmth, joy, love and compassion, it is more feigned than experienced and serves an ulterior motive. Outraged by insignificant matters, yet remaining unmoved and cold by what would upset a normal person. Since they are not genuine, neither are their promises.

  • Incapacity for Love
While they talk about "God's love" they are unable to give or receive it. Since they do not believe in the genuineness of their followers' love, they are very harsh in testing it from their devotees and expect them to feel guilt for their failings. Expects unconditional surrender.

  • Need for Stimulation
Living on the edge, yet testing the beliefs of their followers with bizarre rules, punishments and behaviors. Verbal outbursts and physical punishments are normal.

  • Callousness/Lack of Empathy
Unable to empathize with the pain of their victims, having only contempt for others' feelings of distress and readily taking advantage of them. Their skills are used to exploit, abuse and exert power. Since the follower cannot believe their leader would callously hurt them, they rationalize the behavior as necessary for their (or the group's) own "good" and deny the abuse. When devotees become aware of the exploitation it feels like a "spiritual rape" to them.

  • Poor Behavioral Controls/Impulsive Nature
Rage and abuse, alternating with small expressions of love and approval produce an addictive cycle for abuser and abused, as well as creating hopelessness in the victim. Believe they are all-powerful, all-knowing, entitled to every wish, no sense of personal boundaries, no concern for their impact on others. The followers only see them as near perfect.

  • Early Behavioral Problems/Early Juvenile Delinquency
Usually has a history of behavioral and academic difficulties, yet "gets by" by conning others. Problems in making and keeping friends; aberrant behaviors such as cruelty to people or animals, stealing, etc.

  • Irresponsibility/Unreliability
Not concerned about wrecking others' lives and dreams. Oblivious or indifferent to the devastation they cause. Does not accept blame themselves, but blame their followers or others outside their group. Blame reinforces passivity and obedience and produces guilt, shame, terror and conformity in the followers.

  • Promiscuous Sexual Behavior/Infidelity
Totalistic leaders frequently practice promiscuity, child sexual abuse, rape and sexual acting out of all sorts. This is usually kept hidden from all but the inner circle. Stringent sexual control of their followers, such as forced breakups and divorces, removal of children from parents, rules for dating, etc.

  • Lack of Realistic Life Plan/Parasitic Lifestyle
Tends to move around a lot or makes all encompassing promises for the future. Many groups claim as their goal world-domination or other utopian promises. Great contrast between the leader's opulent lifestyle and the followers' impoverishment. Support by gifts and donations from the followers who are pressured to give through fear and guilt. Highly sensitive to their own pain and health.

  • Criminal or Entrepreneurial Versatility
Changes their image and that of the group as needed to avoid prosecution and to increase income and to recruit a range of members. Is able to adapt or relocate as needed to preserve the group. Can resurface later with a new name, a new front group and a new twist on the scam.

Other Related Qualities:

  • Contemptuous of those who seek to understand them

  • Does not perceive that anything is wrong with them

  • Authoritarian

  • Secretive

  • Paranoid

  • Only rarely in difficulty with the law, but seeks out situations where their tyrannical behavior will be tolerated, condoned, or admired

  • Conventional appearance

  • Goal of enslavement of their victim(s)

  • Exercises despotic control over every aspect of the victim's life

  • Has an emotional need to justify their crimes and therefore needs their victim's affirmation (respect, gratitude and love)

  • Ultimate goal is the creation of a willing victim

  • Incapable of real human attachment to another

  • Unable to feel remorse or guilt

  • Extreme narcissism and grandiose

  • May state readily that their goal is to rule the world

The Techniques of Coercive Persuasion

There are seven main techniques categories that are layered, interwoven, and overlapped into a coercive persuasion [C. P.] program. The presence of every technique is not always required for the program to be effective.

  • Increase mental confusion and increase the individual's suggestibility:

This is done through hypnotic or other suggestibility increasing techniques. Repetitive audio, visual, tactile, or verbal fixation exercises or stimuli also may be employed. 

Within this technique mental confusion is employed to break or intrude upon the subject's normal concentration. Concentration is distracted or decreased to inhibit the subject's ability to think through or verify the claims or story they are being given. One way this can be done is by using a constant verbal or sensory barrage of pro system information.

  • Apply strong non-physical punishments: 

Techniques such as humiliation, loss of privilege, social isolation, abrupt social status changes, anxiety and guilt manipulation, and other techniques for creating intense negative emotional reactions are used. 

Rewards paradoxically play an integral role in this technique. 
Manipulatory leverage is usually maximized by alternating harshness with leniency or lavish rewards. Love, admiration, approval and other supportive rewards are used as weapons.

  • Promote social isolation: 

Contact with family, friends, or associates who do not share the group approved attitudes or ideology is abridged. Economic and other dependence on the new group is fostered. 

By manipulation of rewards, group pressure, and non-physical punishments the program operators establish considerable control over a person's time, social environment, and sources of social support. The subjects are manipulated in such a way to put psychological distance between observable behavior that reflects the values, routines, and life organization that the individual displayed before contact with the group. This is sometimes done by symbolic and actual acts of betrayal, renunciation of self, or attacking past associations, or previously held values. 

A person continually exposed to a C. P. program in lectures, events or experiences will gradually cut himself off from his past. They may begin to stop calling or writing family and old friends. Work, school, or other important previous activities may be dropped or relegated to such a low priority that eventually it is not possible for them to keep up. The group applying C. P. now occupies all their time.

  • Attack one's self concepts and world view: 

This is the most effective facilitator for coercing change of all C. P. techniques. 

Using coerced confessions, detailed personal histories, or other discovery methods, frequent and intense attempts are made to cause the subject to reevaluate in unfavorable ways the most central aspects of his experience of "self," and his prior conduct. These efforts are deliberately designed to destabilize, degrade, or diminish the subject's self concept, world view, emotional control, awareness and interpretation of reality, and defense mechanisms. Such psychological assaults force the individual into reinterpreting their life history and adopting a new version of causality.

Regardless of previous fact, the individual is gradually convinced that his past, his beliefs, or his family, were bad; or at least considerably worse than they were. He is then manipulated into believing, to "survive," he must now commit himself to the group using C. P. and the superior knowledge, talent or mission they espouse.

  • Make intense and frequent attempts to undermine a person's confidence in himself and his judgment to create a sense of powerlessness: 

Criticism or complaints are handled by showing the subject that he or she is somehow flawed, not the group or the ideology being advanced. The subject is taught the system is always right and they are always wrong. Contrary to what might be professed, they soon learn through experience the system is the only true authority for decisions.

  • Manipulate information and language: 

Conflicting, upsetting, or non-supporting information is censored or prohibited whenever possible in group communication and indoctrination. Direct deception or the clever mixing of truth and lies in confidence game strategies also may be employed to manipulate information or inhibit discovery of falsehood in stated claims. 

Rules exist about permissible topics to discuss with outsiders. Communication is highly controlled. An "in group" language is usually constructed. 

To reinforce the belief system, commonly used words often are redefined and new words created. Language is loaded1, often dividing the world into "good, aware, wonderful us" and "evil, unaware, ignorant them."

Information is controlled is such a way to offer "no choice choices." All alternatives given to the subject to choose from are void of any valid options that run counter to the goals of the operators of the C. P. program. 

This technique also helps to prevent independent thinking, discovery of deception, or rebellion by maintaining a closed system of logic and an uninformed state in the victim. One main theme in Orwell's 1984 was, without the capacity to express or use certain words, people lose access to the thoughts and actions that those words represent. Since words represent thoughts and thoughts motivate actions, if words can be controlled, thought and eventually action can be controlled.

  • Use or have present psychological threat of a secular nature: 

Those failing to adopt the approved attitude, belief, or consequent behavior are directly threatened, or are led to sincerely believe that severe punishment or dire consequences will befall them. Physical or mental illness, drug dependence, economic collapse, social failure, divorce, failure to find a mate are a few examples of these secular threats. 

These seven techniques of C. P. combine the most effective, age old psychological and sociological coercive influence and deception techniques with the most powerful advances in behavioral modification, and other technologies. This synthesis is sometimes wrapped in a slick Madison avenue, public relations, or soft sell veneer.

by Arielle STAR Triana


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