12 things you should know to avoid being brainwashed (Part 5)


5

You may have already learned about the control of media, the drivers for brainwashing and the way that people get ripped off from the introduction to this series, ‘you have to be there’ type stories, costs and debt, long-winded sessions, choosing or losing friends, …this post continues with the fifth of the 12 things you should know and what you can do to avoid being brainwashed.


Exits in true LGAT meetings are often monitored by ‘minders’ or ‘handlers’, who are there to ensure that you stay through the majority of the ‘show’. This is often done to control the outcomes of the process – the process where you are being worn down at a rate that enables you to be influenced by suggestion, and also to cause some level of helplessness or giving in to either the concepts or to get you to part with money.

The long sessions are key to the process because that is how long it takes and that the slowest to move into compliance, and this sets the standard for when to stop.

LGAT with Minders at the back of each path to doors from a very enthusiastic writer. The one I attended was not as large, but had the same ratio of minders. You can draw your own conclusions of course.

Silence equates to Agreement

As originally introduced in Part 1, clearly, Silence should not equate to Agreement, but in the moment it would seem that the silence and lack of reaction or any complaint – is perceived at meaning that you, and only you are the odd one out – you’re not getting it or you are being too sensitive or something.


Landmark Forum

Landmark’s own training manuals for its Forum Supervisors states, “a Landmark Forum Supervisor’ needs to be an s.o.b. for impeccability. You need to give up a concern for being liked… Be a destroyer…” and Don’t ever let people move or stand up or talk before you have declared the start of the break. Don’t ever let stuff like that go by. Ever, ever, ever.

Landmark’s own warnings and disclaimers in its application for the Landmark Forum states, “…people will from time to time cry or experience headaches, tiredness, nausea, confusion, disappointment, feelings of anxiety, uncertainty, and hopelessness. Some participants may find the Program physically, mentally, and emotionally stressful.”

In an article titled “Drive-thru Deliverance“ a Forum leader reportedly told participants “Anything you want in life is possible that you invent as a possibility and enroll others in your having gotten.”

Those attending the Forum in Phoenix asked “why the rules [were] so rigid”?
They were told that “transformation” required following rules, and they soon learned that those that broke the rules might be humiliated and labeled as “uncoachable.”

Werner Erhard the seminar guru that concocted this LGAT claimed that he received a revelation while driving on a California freeway in 1971, he realized that he knew nothing. And the instant he realized that he knew nothing, he then realized he knew everything, and everything was good.

Landmark teaches a philosophy that becomes a belief system for its adherents, and some seem to consider it their “salvation.”

From CultNews: http://www.cultnews.com/2006/06/kids-trained-by-landmark-education-is-it-brainwashing-or-their-salvation/


“Wrong does not cease to be wrong because the majority share in it.” ― Leo Tolstoy, A Confession

These moments of “am I the only one?” are the speakers strong weapon. Unlike a pub or a stand up comedy, a training session is a far more orderly place. People are less likely to draw attention to themselves by openly arguing with someone who is in the position of influence, even when one can assume that there must be other people that disagree with what is being said.

Those who do decide to speak out are usually brought down fairly quickly by public humiliation. You only need one or two examples of being publicly humiliated by these speakers and you may be reluctant to risk it for yourself.

However, this silence can be seen by you and others as agreeing or endorsing the speaker’s opinion. We don’t get an opportunity to see or hear many others’ expressions or thoughts on what has just been said.

It is a well-known fact that many of us will go with the opinion of the majority, the band-wagon effect. In this case, this silence (and supposed agreement) inadvertently serves to increase the speaker’s influence over the group and helps the attendee to ‘give in’ once again.

“When truth is replaced by silence, the silence is a lie.” ― Yevgeny Yevtushenko


HAI – Human Awareness Institute

You see, every LGAT uses similar methods. The most important thing they do is to keep their methods SECRET as then they are more powerful.
HAI would not want people to know exactly how the sex happens, as that will stop some people from going, for instance, some younger women who are getting exploited. They want people to come with an “open mind” so they can be influenced by the LGAT process.

of course, consenting adults can do what they wish, that’s their business. But here’s the problem. “Consent”. These LGAT seminars have spent decades learning how to engineer consent, to manufacture consent.

So stating the facts of these seminars, even when distasteful and shocking, is very important.
For example, there was a Men’s Group, which had men getting naked and videotaped, or whatever. People have a right to know before they go somewhere that there is going to be videotaping when you are naked, so you can THINK RATIONALLY before you are in groupthink.

It doesn’t matter if its HAI, or Landmark, or Scientology, or whoever. An LGAT seminar is not Vegas, where what happens there, should stay there.

The only way to really combat these LGAT’s is with facts and education.
And sex-groups go into a very complicated area of human psychology. People need to be very cautious, and learn the facts.

From: http://forum.culteducation.com/read.php?4,66228,66413 a post answering “What happens at each level of HAI?”


What you can do

don't sign anything until you are sureBe careful about what you agree to and don’t blindly sign anything. Most of the ‘agreements’ are verbal, based upon no objection from the audience (including you).

We get so many agreements to sign or agree with these days – with software and updates to our devices that we would need extra hours in our day to read them all, so we usually don’t. But, if an agreement is put before you when YOU are going to experience the outcomes, DO read it, and only sign it if you are happy. You might be surrounded by many people blindly signing and minders/helpers telling you to go ahead, we are all happy… Your signature means that you have agreed to so many things, made to sound nice, but you need to think, “what’s the worse that can happen” and see if you are still happy to sign.

If you are challenged by this, say that you’ve changed your mind, or you didn’t agree to torture and aspects that are against your will.

No one has the right to hold you from leaving, going to the bathroom or out for some fresh air. The real reason that this is done for is:

  • increasing your overall weariness
  • decreasing your resistance
  • preventing you from rational discussion about the last statement that was made
  • missing important indoctrination processes

Be sure that you don’t agree to their rules during the time when they are getting agreement for these controlling behaviours.

Make your exit quietly as this is just common courtesy and they will not be able to accuse you of already making a disturbance, and that their apprehending of you is more of a disturbance.

Ultimately, do what you need or want to do. It is your life.

Their only real weapon at this point is humiliation, but remember it only lasts a few moments.

Article Posts: Introduction Parts: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 Conclusion References

12 things you should know to avoid being brainwashed (Introduction) - Introduction - where people overspend, waste their life and get hurt, looking out for others to guard against being brainwashed, includes signs and tips for what you can do
12 things you should know to avoid being brainwashed (References) - Brainwashing Reference Material, transcriptions of LGAT events, what's banned in some countries, about de-programmers, Cult watch, Cult truth, abusive churches, recovery programs, stories in full from Cult Awareness and Information Centre (CAIC), TED, Cults, Sects, and New Religious Movements, Resources for Recovery from Destructive Cults and Groups
12 things you should know to avoid being brainwashed (Part 1) - Awareness - Read. Be aware of what you are planning to attend, research the organisation. What you can do if you are being asked to go to an event, considering an event or someone who is wanting to sell to you.
12 things you should know to avoid being brainwashed (Part 2) - Specifics - What happened at the event you went to? Few people can describe what they have learned - "you have to be there, I can't explain..." Research states: nonspecific effects of expectancy and response sets may account for positive outcomes
12 things you should know to avoid being brain-washed (Part 3) - Loyalty and allegiances; Projecting the Perfect Leader; Long Sessions, but is there any substance?
12 things you should know to avoid being brain-washed (Part 4) - Lose your friends - Many attendees lose their own friends and family through the pressure to supply 'friends' as potential purchasers of the training or event, or to become followers of the cause.
12 things you should know to avoid being brainwashed (Part 5) - Exit Minders; Silence equates to Agreement (not); Am I the only one who is thinking this?
12 things you should know to avoid being brainwashed (Part 6) - 6 You may have already learned about the Exit Minders, Silence equates to Agreement (not), Losing Friends, Lack of Substance in previous posts… this post continues with the sixth of the 12 things you should know and what you can …
Did you notice where the author of this sign places children in relation to dogs and other animals? 12 things you should know to avoid being brainwashed (Part 7) - 7 You may have already learned about the drivers for brainwashing from the introduction to this series, Exit Minders, Silence equates to Agreement (not), Losing Friends, Lack of Substance in previous posts… – this post continues with the seventh of …

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12 things you should know to avoid being brainwashed (Part 8) - 8 You may have already learned about the control of media, the drivers for brainwashing and the way that people get ripped off from the introduction to this series – this post continues with the 8th of the 12 things …

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