Mind control

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Mind control "refers to all coercive psychological systems, such as brainwashing, thought reform, and coercive persuasion. Mind control is the shaping of a person's attitudes, beliefs, and personality without the person's knowledge or consent." - FactNet.

Although extreme technological programs such as MK-ULTRA or cognotechnology are sometimes proposed, there are far more practical means of controlling human thought:

"Mind control employs deceptive and surreptitious manipulation, usually in a group setting but sometimes working purely linguistically or technologically, for the financial or political profit of the manipulator.

"Mind control works by gradually exerting increasing control over individuals through a variety techniques, such as excessive repetition of routine activities, intense humiliation, or sleep deprivation" - FactNet.

It is important to note that most mind control is temporary, e.g. Stockholm Syndrome, hypnosis, and that very often minor trauma can break even strong conditioning. For this reason it is usually important for the so-called handler to be able to control the environment, and for social factors to reinforce choices. Military training provides many examples, especially the suicide bomber and kamikaze pilot who knew in advance they were going on suicide missions, and require/d careful handling from the moment of decision to the moment of action.

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