By Amelia Roxby
¨I can’t dislike you, but I will say this to you: you haven’t got long before you are all going to kill yourselves, because you are all crazy. And you can project it back at me, but I am only what lives inside each and every one of you.¨ – Charles Manson
How does one go about the process of collecting devoted followers who give their lives, money, bodies, and leave their loved ones for you? Don’t you want to be seen as holy divine? How quickly can you tap into the vulnerability of your followers, and successfully institute thought reform?
In “The Curious Incident of The Dog In The Night Time” deceit is a major theme which I decided to relate to cults. Cults are based on deceit, one must create a “plausible” scheme to bait in their vulnerable followers. Cult leaders always place the sugar coating at the top most visible side while leaving the dark, manipulative pieces at its very core. Cult leaders often do not tell their followers their true identity, they leave out important information or distort it so it is more appealing, cults are based on lies, this is how they gain followers trust and continue on with their manipulative ways. Many are disguised as spiritual revelations such as bible groups, meditation classes, drug rehab etc, once the new follower attends it is easier to pull them into more activities and let them in on further secrets. If you offer them something free like dinner or a class, they will feel obliged to give something in return, like attend your bible group with you. It is easier prey on existing religions, this creates a target group of people already believing in a higher being and are more likely to want to explore ways to be closer to said higher being or work towards being a more “godly” person. As a cult leader you must feed into peoples desires such as world peace, a family structure they lack, powers (mystical or not), self improvement, thus tapping into a craving that they will likely seek out due to curiosity or hope. As humans naturally seek purpose in their lives it is an easy task to push that your cause IS that purpose. Time is also to your advantage when starting a cult as you can warn your potential followers that time is running out, using the end of the world, the rapture etc as motivators. You must push that it is important to make a decision now, before it is too late for them. Surround your new recruits with devoted followers, by doing this you may tap into their psychology and will likely follow what everyone around them is doing and deem it normal. This removes room for doubt, as if two new recruits are together they can discuss the abnormality and deem it not normal, letting doubt in. You must surround them with unconditional love and affection,via love bombing, make them feel safe, invite them to discussion groups to ween out information on their personal life. This can lead you to weaknesses that will be useful in their brain washing process. Later you can gradually shape the recruits behavior by giving or withholding this love and affection, after they have bonded with your cult family you can begin to make demands. It is easy to subtly begin to control their behavior, suggest they live with you, wear a certain color of clothing or eat a certain type of food, sleep this long etc by promoting the leader knows whats good for you, and each and everyone one of us. Keeping your members in a strict schedule and without sleep and restrict them to low protein foods making them more susceptible to your will. Control their emotions by inducing guilt, with remarks
like “people are dying of starvation”, and fear by stating consequence if they chose outside of your path of light. You must also control the information available to your followers to prevent doubt, remove all information that critical of your work, regarding deep inner workings of your cult and encourage your followers to spy and tell when someone is acting against the cause. When new recruits experience mental breakdowns from the mental and physical brain washing abuse you must encourage them into believing its a spiritual awakening, that their pain or depression is simply a side effect of your holy cleanse. Create uneasiness within the self by creating conflicts and telling them things such as “you are at war with your inherently evil self” in order to create paranoia and that they must eliminate this in order to be happy. You must also authenticate yourself and your authority via divine reason, fake scientific research or claiming to have special knowledge and be the enlightened one. Practice rituals of repetition that stop thought, like dancing, singing, chanting, heavy breathing or long mediation. In these trance like state your followers are more receptive and suggestible, making it easy to revert them back to childhood mindlessness, dependence and thoughtless obedience. To further them from outside influence you must in-courage separation between family and friends, stating they don’t understand them anymore. You MUST promote wholeness, and remove individuality and separation, create a hive mind. To create their appreciation hold confessionals where members demonize their life before the cult, even if it was good and demonize outsiders using them as a scapegoat. You are now prepared with the basic knowledge of mind control, go out and seek the creation of your new found society.