Instead of Mind Control Call it Monopolizing Attention and Information Channels?
If we refer to 'Mind Control' people panic, get angry and see it as a suggestion that they are too weak to withstand it. THen they can be easily flattered by persons insinuating they are strong and can become stronger by listening to the con artist and ignorign those of us offering warnings.
Instead, how about calling it Monopolizing Attention and Controlling Information?
All con artists find ways to get you to believe they're your friend, and anyone trying to warn about the con artist is an oppressive person trying to hinder you in your freedom and your pleasure. Con artists turn you against your real friends, leaving only the con artist for you to turn to. They monopolize your attention, exclude your real friends and make sure the only information in your direction is controlled and serves the con artist.
Okay, our trolls constantly twang the tired old banjo string that one cannot be manipulated without one's knowledge or consent.
THey bring it up again and again. Any discussion venue where an attempt is made to discuss techniques of attention monopolization, the same boringly familiar persons pop up with the same tired old argument that only your own craving mind is to blame.
Here is a 'share' that describes life in a totally different group than the one discussed on this thread.
Yet, apart from the name, and comparative obscurity, it seems familiar. Only mistake the leaders made was having licenses to practice as therapists---and having to surrender them.
But now they can operate without licenses.
'The quoted material is from a former participant in Wright Institute.
I am quoting things from that thread but put them in a different order to emphasize three themes
Working for free
Unwillingness to listen to outside sources of information whilst being used and still 'high'--which means the mind control leads the 'mark' to reframe as noise or as paranoia or as insults any information that conflicts with the programming of the recruiter.
Instead of Mind Control, we should call it Monopolizing Information Sources
From a discussion of the Wright Institute by 'grateful I'm Out posted on
July 15, 2009 09:10PM
On working for free
Here is another lie they tell at the institute.
"No one made them stay...they could have left at anytime....you participated willingly."
Any therapist that practices ethically realizes there is a power differential in a helping relationship. They have power to influence people looking to them for help and answers.
'An ethical therapist does not sell programs to her clients, does not ask them to work for her for free, or recruit others. And they don't try to prevent them from leaving, shame them for leaving, or make them jump through hoops to do so.
'My first year was the Year of More. It was fun and enlivening. My world expanded. I felt like I belonged to something greater than myself and had a shot at making my life count to help change the world.
'Looking back, I can see how thought control was woven in. I was prepped to do my assignments. Bob and Judith are very charismatic. I loved the positive attention.
'I thought that if I continued, I could finally heal wounds that had troubled me all my life.
'But the game changed with Transformation Lab. Suddenly the positive reinforcement was withdrawn.
'I had to work my butt off to avoid negative reinforcement and get an occasional positive. Intermittent reward is even more reinforcing.
...When I announced I was leaving to my group, it became a feeding frenzy.
It really is stunning how they con people into paying them to do work for them. I can see it now. I couldn't for 2 1/2 years. I would not have believed anything I read on this site during that time period......I left WI in March after almost 3 years and at least $25,000. I am still in debt for a big chunk of it.
....After almost 2 years, I realized how much of my life was about doing things with and for the institute, including recruiting and producing "free weekends". The hope of recruiting another "playmate" became my motive for relationships. I did not like the person I was becoming.
I began to get depressed and have thoughts of self-harm. I was no longer doing things that brought so much pleasure into my life - there just weren't enough hours in the day - even if I cut my sleep down to 4 or 5 hours.
The last weekend that I helped produce was in January. It felt like the participants were being held hostage to Bob and Judith's sales techniques
and...not believing outside sources of information while one is in--as she/he wrote above 'I woudl not have believed anything I read on this site during that time period'.
The person repeats this a second time:
Much of what they do to people in their groups is considered unethical by my therapist friends. When I was involved, I did not listen to them either.
Readers are invited to compare this with Janaki's descriptions. First everything was new and exciting, a larger world, her efforts were praised and appreciated. Then...came the Big Chill.
My hunch is that many leaders of these groups follow the trajectory described by Len Oakes in his book, Prophetic Charisma.
They are incapable of enjoying intimacy and collegeality peer to peer. Real friendship isnt possible. They need to be in leader role.
So it may be that long term relationships are just not for them, as they cant deal with intimacy and familiarity.
So what matters is conquest and novelty.
If you are a potential conquest, or a brand new recruit, you get the gold plated treatment, because you ARE new.
Youve also not been overworked so you still have vitality and havent seen the leader in a temper tantrum yet.
Once theyre used to having you around, you are not valued anymore, you're not a new conquest.
Meanwhile the new conquests have arrived, they get favored treatment, you get to see the leader's tantrums and shadow side, and are told its your projections, and to Turn it Around--or whatever the terminology is that is used by the group.
Its all drearily the same.
It may be the leaders who feel emptiest inside are the ones who most crave conquests--getting more and more recruits.
Men who only chase women have a limit, even with viagra. There's only so many times one can 'do it.'
But power is the ulitmate. It gives a CNS hard-on that never quits.
The problem with power is, it never satisfies. One remains insatiable and empty and this may lead to a guru acting out worse and worse, treating the inner circle worse and worse.
And it may explain why the existence of RR.con, the one teesny corner of cyberspace that is not under the control of BKI, is such an insult--it proves to BK that SHE IS NOT IN TOTAL CONTROL.
She has every other corner of cyberspace to play around in, but RR.com is like the
the one hunk of jewelry she can never buy and add to her already bloated collection of bling and human souls.
Note to trolls--where's the dignity in being just one of a collection of many shrunken heads, hanging on the wall of a guru's hut?