What is a Cult (thefreedictionary.com)
1. a. A religion or religious sect generally considered to be extremist or false, with its followers often living in an unconventional manner under the guidance of an authoritarian, charismatic leader.
a. The followers of such a religion or sect.
2. A system or community of religious worship and ritual.
3. The formal means of expressing religious reverence; religious ceremony and ritual.
4. A usually nonscientific method or regimen claimed by its originator to have exclusive or exceptional power in curing a particular disease.
5. a. Obsessive, especially faddish, devotion to or veneration for a person, principle, or thing.
b. The object of such devotion.
6. An exclusive group of persons sharing an esoteric, usually artistic or intellectual interest.
■A true cult uses subliminal mind control techniques.
■Mind control is used to steal the power, wealth, and possibly prestige of its cult members (victims).
The goal of a cult is to get control of the children and indoctrinate them before they can learn to critically think for themselves
What is Mind Control – Cultic mind control is a process of either unconscious or intentional change of an individual’s behavior, thought, and emotional patterns through subtle, deceptive, and damaging means by unethical spiritual leaders who hold positions of trust and authority over them. Http://www.SpiritWatch.org
Here is an excerpt out of Releasing the Bonds page 38 by Steve Hassan
As employed by the most destructive cults, mind control seeks nothing less than to disrupt an individual’s authentic identity – behavior, thoughts, emotions – and reconstruct it in the image of the cult leader. This is done by rigidly controlling the member’s physical, intellectual, emotional, and spiritual life. A person’s uniqueness and creativity are suppressed. Cult mind control is a social process that encourages autonomy and individuality by immersing recruits in an environment that represses free choice. The group’s dogma becomes the person’s only concern. Anything or anyone that does not fit into his reshaped reality is irrelevant.
What is Brainwashing – 1.) A method for systematically changing attitudes or altering beliefs, originated in totalitarian countries, especially through the use of torture, drugs, or phychological-stress techniques. 2.) Any method of controlled systematic indoctrination, especially one based on repetition or confusion: brainwashing by TV commercials. 3.) An instance of subjecting or being subjected to such techniques: efforts to halt the brainwashing of captive audiences. www.Dictionary.com
Brain washing is a process in which someone is convinced to abandoned previously held beliefs and take up new values and ideals. There is a great deal of misconception about this practice, ranging from paranoid delusions about government mind control devices which can supposedly be used like remote controls to skeptics who firmly avow that any form of brain washing is impossible. The truth, as it often does, lies somewhere in the middle. In the process of brain washing, someone is persuaded to believe something through a combination of tactics. There are many approaches to this, but they all tend to rely on separating someone from everything he or she knows, breaking the person down to a vulnerable emotional state, and then gradually introducing new concepts. As people absorb the new material, they are rewarded for expressing thoughts and ideas which conform with these ideas, further reinforcing the brain washing.
The article goes into greater detail at the following link. Source: http://www.wisegeek.com/what-is-brainwashing.htm
What is Thought Reform– There are six conditions for Thought Reform according to the late Margaret Singer psychologist and author of Cults in Our Midst.
1. Gaining control over a person’s time, especially his thinking time and physical environment.
2. Creating a sense of powerless, fear and dependency in the recruit, while providing models that demonstrate the new behavior that leadership wants to produce.
3. Manipulating rewards, punishments and experiences in order to suppress the recruits former social behavior and attitudes, including the use of altered states of consciousness to manipulate experience.
4. Manipulating rewards, punishments and experiences in order to elicit the behavior and attitudes the leadership wants.
5. Creating a tightly controlled system with a closed system of logic, wherein those who dissent are made to feel as though their questioning indicates that there is something inherently wrong with them.
6. Keeping recruits unaware and uninformed that there is an agenda to control or change them. Leadership cannot carry out a thought-reform program with a person’s full capacity and informed consent.