Monday, January 3, 2011

Cult Persuasion Techniques



Some typical physical routines used by cults incorporate hyperventilation, repetitive motion and body manipulations. On the other hand, psychological strategies consist of trance/hypnosis and guided imagery. Cult leaders and active followers employ a variety of these techniques to encourage members and increase their devotion.

Hyperventilation involves continuous over-breathing which then carbon dioxide levels from the bloodstream to decrease. In its milder stages, induces dizziness breathlessness or light-headedness. This activity makes an abnormal condition called respiratory alkalosis, it raises the alkalinity of the blood and tissues. However, more extented over-breathing might cause panic, muscle cramps and convulsions. Cults usually have people do incessant loud screaming, chanting or signing to create this condition, which they construe as creating a spiritual experience.

Cult leaders either recognize these motion effects as new amounts of awareness or proclaim these as ecstasy. A simple spin can already produce dizziness; think of the outcomes of tenacious spin dancing and prolonged swaying. Similarly, constant swaying motions, assiduous clapping or almost any repeated motion helps to alter one's general state of awareness.

Based on former members of a cult, there is also a lots of body manipulation procedures carried out in lots of religious factions, their leader would walk in one member to another then press on their eyes until the pressure in the optic nerve make them perceive flashes of light. This method is known as "bestowing divine light." The cult members were habituallyadvised to intently push on their ear lobes until they heard a buzzing or humming sound, that was interpreted as hearing the "divine harmony."

Guided imagery is likewise utilised in one more successful method popular with therapy cults to regress members returning to the agony and being alone of past situations like childhood, tragedies and heartbreaks. This is often depicted in movies and sometimes even executed live in certain television programs. Cult leaders also utilize a variety of imagery patterns as well as long detailed visual stories which could absorb the audience into a trancelike state and make them more prone to trick and effect, to take out followers from their normal frames of reference and heave them up to oblivion.

Because of man's relentless pursuit for the higher level of bliss, these along with other methods of persuasion, such as cult persuasion will still be exercised for years to come.



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