The BITE Model of mind control outlines many key elements that need to be controlled: Behavior, Information, Thoughts, and Emotion. If these four components can be controlled, then an individual’s identity can be systematically manipulated and changed. Destructive mind control takes the “locus of control” away from an individual. The person is systematically deceived about the beliefs and practices of the person (or group) and manipulated throughout the recruitment process- unable to make informed choices and exert independent judgment. The person’s identity is profoundly influenced through a set of social influence techniques and a “new identity” is created- programmed to be dependent on the leader or group ideology. The person can’t think for themselves, but believes otherwise. The cult system reinforces an “illusion of control.”
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