When the modern concept of mind control/thought reform was developed by Robert J. Lifton, it was based on his research into the methods used to brainwash Chinese prisoners of war. They are virtually the same as what modern cult groups (religious, political, etc) use. It's eery and yes very evil.
To me it sounds like Byron Katie is using elements of psychological torture at these forums for "The Work".
Read over the definition and see for yourself:
"Many forms of psychological torture methods attempt to destroy the subject's normal self-image by removing them from any kind of control over their environment, creating a state of learned helplessness, psychological regression and depersonalization. Other techniques include enforced nudity and head shaving, sleep deprivation, hooding and other forms of sensory deprivation and forcing the subject to adopt stress positions."
That first sentence is a dead giveaway.
I think the evil and cynical idea is that breaking people down like this makes them easy to control or influence. And therefore more money goes to the
Edited 2 time(s). Last edit at 07/01/2010 05:38AM by Splash90.