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Different Methods of Mind Control

Updated on May 17, 2012

Mind Control Methods

Methods and techniques on how to control others thoughts and actions.
Methods and techniques on how to control others thoughts and actions. | Source

What is Mind Control

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"Don't you dare think of a... pink elephant with a ballerina tutu on dancing."

If you are like the rest of us reading the above even though I told you not to think of the pink elephant; you did. Why did you? Well that has something to do with the way we interpret language in our minds. Advertisers have been using these techniques of linguistic programming to get people to think about their products. Bright imagery and key phrases that draw attention to a product are all ways that advertisers are controlling what we think, buy, and consume.

We are all susceptible to the powers of persuasion. But the power of manipulation by implanting a thought in the mind of a subject without them knowing is a concept that once you understand can help you get what you want and help you in your dealings with people. Though there are many different types of mind control methods out there and all of them have their place as techniques that have been tried and tested. The following list of methods is meant to help you know what those manipulations are so that you are aware when someone is trying to run a mind game on you.

Mind Contol Methods

Peer or Group Pressure

The need to belong to a certain group of people or to be accepted in a large group is a powerful way to lower someones defenses and resistance to participating in dangerous, harmful, or even criminal acts like those committed by gang members and in mobs.

Subliminal Messages

These are hidden messages placed into narratives or in instructions. The use of key words and phrases that have double meanings and speak to the subconscious mind cause the subject to react in favor of what the mind control user is programming the subject to do inwardly.

Confounding Doctrine

If a doctrine is so convoluted that the person learning it is forced to suspend logical thinking and comprehension as to accept what the doctrine says with blind willingness of its fantastical claims as truth and to not only believe the dogma but also share it with others.

Love Bombing or Cult Programming

The follower is supported by an overwhelming acceptance and expression of a common bond or spiritual family, flattery, caring, and love while the subject is active in the group. Those feelings are then withheld if the follower has questions that go against the group beliefs and often they are treated not as well until they can fall back in line and receive those feelings again.

Hypnosis or Hypnotic Suggestion

An induced guided trance state of altered consciousness where a person is in a state of heightened suggestibility and responds to instruction receptively. You can use trance hypnosis or rapid induction shock hypnosis to induce these states.

Us and Them

By using reinforcement of identity and a false sense of superiority over a group or groups different than those with similar morals, beliefs, political views, or racial stereotypes.Used in hate groups like Al Queda, the KKK, the Skinheads, and the Blackpanthars.


By physically separating a person from their environment and familiar people they are likely to behave in a more acceptable manner.

Emotional Abuse

By systematically breaking down a person's ego and sense of self worth through putting them down, abusive language, and insinuated violence.

Sleep Deprivation

By creating an disorientating environment with bright lights and sounds as to cause a mental and physical break down through lack of rest and sleep.

Controlled Approval

By having control over a moral imperative of behavior through rewardments and punishments of desired and undesired behaviors.

Strict Rules and Removal or Privacy

Though it is a simple form of mind control just having rules causes a person to conform to the greater and perceived more powerful agencies standards or be punished for not following the rules through exclusion and loss of individualism. This is often done by taking someones privacy making them do their most private acts in view of the public.

Dress Codes

By having people wear a uniform it removes their individuality and transitions them into the group mentality.

In Closing

Well these are but a few of the many methods used by mind control practitioners. Thanks for checking out my article on mind control techniques.


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      Jennifer Vasconcelos 5 years ago from Cyberspace and My Own World

      I know I have had some of these used on me and perhaps I've used a few as well. Excellent info - really enjoyable read.

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      Jessee R 5 years ago from Gurgaon, India

      Hi there! This is a gem of a write! At first I thought I will learn some tantras and mantras to control minds I wanted to :) hehe!

      Really! You pointed out very true conditions in which the brain gets washed and influenced

      A great hub! Shared all over!

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      Lela 5 years ago from Somewhere in the universe

      I find it just a little bit disturbing that you know so much about mind control. That's scary. Good job!

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      Felina Margetty 5 years ago from New York, New York

      Very interesting hub and well written. I like how you list simply the conditions used or needed for successful m ind control. It would be easy to understand that we only need a few of the items on the list to manipulate just about anyone. Cheers voted up F.

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      Rodric Johnson 5 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      This was a very interesting article with points that are applicable to most societies. I find it interesting that many of us put some much emphasis on avoiding imagery only to make the thought or image stay well planted in our minds.

      For instance, pornography is a dirty word that many conservative minded people want to avoid, but we identify the word with a visual action and then lock away our minds to let the naughty images play in the background until we forget about it--especially if we have previously viewed such imagery

      The best way to remove a thought or image is to allow it to pass without entertaining it or trying to force it out. We have to distract ourselves with other things. Some of us become so well at doing so that the images or thoughts flutter in and out quickly but we all entertain thoughts because of the way our brain works.

      I wonder if there is a culture where psychology has developed so differently that those reared in that culture process information differently?

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      Mahaveer Sanglikar 5 years ago from Pune, India

      Well written, informative and useful Hub. Thank you for sharing the information.