Are you already taking part in a group hypnosis course and just don’t know it? You may be more familiar with self-hypnosis scripts if you attend a Church, Synagogue, or an Ashram.
If you are a follower of the Abrahamic religions, you are already taking part in hypnosis classes. These groupthink techniques date back to the Babylonian, Assyrian, and Persian empires’ mystery religions. These tactics are just as effective today as they were when developed 5000 years ago.
What is Groupthink Theory?
It is a theory based on the practical experience of using group and self-hypnosis scripts to install behaviors and beliefs. It’s a well-proven theory. Some people are more susceptible to autosuggestion than other, but no one is immune. The more exposure to propaganda, the more susceptible you become.
A group setting is an ideal platform to program thoughts and behaviors it enables the use of groupthink tactics covertly or overtly. A group provides the leaders with the option of using specific elements of psychological manipulation which use and peer pressure.
TV preachers are an example of overt manipulation. A preacher will promise supernational intervention for financial support. Some even flaunt their wealth (1) as a way of showing how easy it is to get what they promise. They use emotionally charged language and repeat their request until people respond. It starts a chain reaction; the more people who give, the more will follow along. It’s herd manipulation for money.
Self-hypnosis scripts and group hypnosis are the two components of this strategy which are effects tools which override our natural social instincts for ethical behavior. It places the thinking and actions in the hands of those who control the group.
Peer pressure or groupthink makes people susceptible. So, they “go along” with the suggestion even if it goes against common sense or their morals. Justification is part of the programming, so there isn’t any hesitation or guilt.
Here’s an example of using religion to justify violence. People arrested for killing people who go into family planning center say I am protecting the unborn child. It’s against my religion for anyone to choose an abortion. My beliefs justify killing other people at the clinic. Hey, I thought your religion taught, thou shalt not kill? They say, well, yes, but they might have taken the life of someone we believe we need to protect. Are you saying your religion allows you to choose who you can kill. They admit yes.
The group leader can shape thinking and actions by linking and triggering reactions to fear or anger. The essence of groupthink theory is manipulating and installing reactive thinking to achieve the desired response. When directed to kill, they don’t think they act. It uses both group and self-hypnosis scripts to gain control of your mind.
The pressure to conform and belong to the group often results in irrational decision-making. Group pressure discourages critical thinking. Peer pressure negates individual responsibility for the actions of the mob. This type of brainwashing so potent that they can incite members to perform acts of violence they would never consider otherwise. One of the main tools of propaganda for profit is censorship.
Is Your Religion a Group Hypnosis Course?
The general formula of groupthink theory is simple but effective.
- Bring people together into a controlled space. The TV screen is a good substitute.
- Use a sales gimmick to garner attention like prosperity, health, or eternal life.
- Use language which triggers deep emotional reactions like fear, greed, or hate.
- Install the desired response
The group leader or speaker then uses peer pressure to solidify the action. The topics that work best are those that drive emotions. Unfortunately, these are often are extremist ideologies. It keeps people from questioning the desired plan or direction of the group.
Once you can get people to believe in mythology, like talking snakes and zombies, then you can get them to think anything.
“You believe in a book that has talking animals, wizards, witches, demons, sticks turning into snakes, burning bushes, food falling from the sky, people walking on water, and all sorts of magical, absurd and primitive stories, and you say that we are the ones that need help?” ― Mark Twain
Okay, time to ask yourself the question. Does your religion sound like a group hypnosis course?
How Do Self-Hypnosis Scripts Work?
Yes, these techniques work very well. They make people feel “special.” Their acceptance or inclusion gives them a sense of belonging. So, people take on the values and behaviors of the collective. These characteristics are often different and more extreme than any individual in the group. But they go along with the group’s actions, anyway, which is the power of groupthink manipulation.
When you subject yourself to this programming, you are in the hands of the person or persons who use propaganda to manipulate. Profit and control are always the hidden agendas behind these tactics.
People feel emotionally charged, stimulated. So, the feelings of stimulation and belonging can be very addicting. These tactics are known as “group mind” or “the mob effect.”
In the 1800s, French social psychologists identified this social programming technique. Jean-Gabriele de Tarde and Charles-Marie Gustave Le Bon (2) describe it as group mind, herd, or mob behavior. These researchers give us a way of identifying the effects of these types of psychological techniques. They prove that these hypnosis tactics work well because they compel the group members to submit to self-hypnosis scripts.
When you become a part of a group, the natural tendency to belong blurs your identity. The belief system becomes your identity. The group leader can exploit this vulnerability and insert their agenda as a part of the belief system. You accept it willingly because you have lost your ability to weigh the facts. It gives groupthink its power to motivate using emotionally charged discourse. Fear or anger triggers in the language compel people to act without considering their actions or consequences.
In an emotionally charged group, you lose your personal identity. People sync with the group; they escalate the behavior without considering the consequences. It leads the group to behave in ways the individual would not. So, inclusion in the group is not without a price. And this is why these tactics are so dangerous for any civilization.
Self-hypnosis scripts power large groups of people to act without conscience. Organized religion is a dangerous group hypnosis course that reinforces whoever is in charge of the propaganda.
These tactics often use a scapegoat on which to project negative emotions. This focal point gives a charismatic leader an enemy to blame. Adolph Hitler is an example of a leader who was an expert at these tactics. It is the tactic of con-men who hone their craft in public. Religion and politics are the two public spaces where this occurs most often.
Where Do We Find Groupthink Theory Today?
Self-hypnosis scripts are the engine that allows groupthink to work. And it’s more common than you realize. Groupthink tactics are the basis for the cultural control in Western organized religion, politics, and even street gangs. Above all, religion is the biggest enemy of progress. It’s the chosen one mentality and belief in the imaginary being known as God.
We even see celebrations of sports teams that turn into vandalism. The adverse sociological effects of this type of psychological manipulation are undisputed. Once immersed in the emotionally charged environment, it becomes addictive. The results can last long after people leave the group. Thus, providing fuel to individual acts of violence.
“Religious people claim that it’s just the fundamentalists of each religion that cause problems. But there’s got to be something wrong with the religion itself if those who strictly adhere to its most fundamental principles are violent bigots and sexists.” — David G. McAfee
Religions have used these tactics as propaganda for profit and control. They use it to protect their paradigm up to and including genocide. Christians and Muslims commit genocide against one another. And they do it under the guise of protecting their invisible friend.
These religions have splintered into thousands of separate sects. Each sect believes they alone are “right.” And, because everyone else is wrong, this provides the basis to act, to protect their doctrine. If you belong to one of the Abrahamic traditions (3), the following list of tactics should be illuminating.
Avoid Becoming a Member of a Group Hypnosis Course
The only way to avoid being manipulated is to recognize the sources and signs, and remove yourself from the exposure. The primary sources of this kind of brainwashing comes from the Abrahamic religions. Here are the characteristics of this kind of manipulation:
You are special! Membership in the group makes you unique, a “chosen one.” Membership in the group centers on belief in an imaginary friend. And this membership empowers the group to protect the solidarity of the group’s dogma.
The leaders use this mindset to justify violence to defend these beliefs. Everyone outside the group becomes enemies of the group by default. It provides plenty of adversaries on which to project hatred. Many religions and political movements capitalize on this feature.
Illusions of Invulnerability
Now, because you are “chosen,” you must also be invincible. So it inspires members of the group to be overly optimistic. Members engage in risk-taking outside their norms. They will take part in violent acts in their imaginary friend’s name on behalf of the group. Membership resolves people from individual responsibility for their actions while encouraging participation. A charismatic leader will use this element repeatedly.
Unquestionable Beliefs or Creeds
They use peer pressure to ensure members avoid and ignore any group dogma inconsistencies. Likewise, they learn to ignore the consequences of individual and group actions. The mandate follows the beliefs and leadership actions without questioning the logical or moral implications. Members must often regularly recite dogma, doctrines, or creeds to confirm their assimilation.
The idea behind this type of hypnosis is to integrate the individual’s life as much as possible. Social integration acts just like glue. The tactic is to attach the individual’s personal and business life to the group. Integrating into as many aspects as possible cement them into the group. They are far less likely to push the boundaries of the group. This makes them a reliable source of cash flow and easily manipulated into other, less socially acceptable behaviors.
Rationalizing Fiction and Bias
Rationalizing actions replaces remorse. It provides circular logic, Scapegoats and logical fallacies to justify violent group actions. It effectively prevents members from reconsidering their beliefs and behaviors.
The misuse of logical arguments causes members to disregard warning signs of manipulation. Facts that contradict the group’s dogma are off-limits or reasoned away somehow. The result is the intentional misrepresentation of mythology as fact.
Stereotyping is justification for demonizing individuals that do not support the group goals and values. It provides a scapegoat on which the group’s negative emotions can focus.
Self-censorship keeps people from entertaining thoughts that conflict with the group. New ideas can cause people to doubt the direction of the group. So, self-censorship causes members to hide their concerns. Losing acceptance of the group can have severe consequences. Outsiders and heretics are cut off from socialization at the very least. In some cultures, unbelievers are publically tortured and killed.
Loss of membership means loss of significant social and sometimes also business connections. This fear can extend beyond expulsion and ostracization from the group. It can include violence. Extremists become addicted to being hypnotized. They see the rejection of these tactics as an attack on their imaginary friend. It relates to the chosen one mentality. So, self-censorship of thoughts is paramount. And, they are aware of the Mind-guards that identify problematic members.
A mind guard is someone who acts like a chaperone and censor. It is usually a part of the group leader’s function, but others may also champion this role. These individuals discourage or hide problematic sources and information from members and the group(s). They inform the leadership of trouble-makers who may question the boundaries of the paradigm.
Illusions of Unanimity
Lead members to believe that everyone in the group is in total agreement. Public demonstrations and examples use group hypnosis to align members. Others see you and think you agree, even when you do not.
Many religious gatherings have political overtones. Politicians use these forums to piggyback on group agreement to sell extremist ideologies.
Social Group Psychological Pressure
To ensure compliance with the direction of their leadership, they require members to attend frequent meetings. Here, the leader repeats and reinforces the edicts of belief and boundaries. No matter the superficial reason for the meeting, they always circle back to support the underlying themes.
The sect uses a variety of large and small group meetings to expose people to groupthink manipulation tactics. The small group leaders are often also Mind-Guards, and peer pressure to attend and comply is prevalent. Regular attendance creates relationship bonds and reinforces social integration. These bonds are a means of control. These tactics further cement control over the group members. It’s all about protecting the cash flow.
Propaganda for Profit and Control
The underlying agenda of these tactics is always for profit. The leader of the group always has a plan. They control the group through tactics for a specific purpose, which always leads to profit somehow. Follow the money. If you ask yourself, how does the leader or leadership of the group profit from my actions?
A group hypnosis course is part of your expectations when you subject yourself to the mythology and superstitions of the Abrahamic religions. Groupthink tactics integrate superstition and mythology into the culture. When you can’t see it, that’s when it’s the most dangerous. It becomes a part of the cultural narrative.
Not everyone will acknowledge it, even if they recognize its tactics. Hopefully, more people will see how Western Organized Religion uses these tactics to control and oppress. Even if you align with the underlying mythologies, you must admit that these brainwashing tactics are part of an unhealthy culture.
The study of logical reasoning can help people overcome groupthink programming. Comparative Analysis is another tool for investigating belief systems. It’s structured platform of comparative religious study, and it will illuminate superstition and mythology.
(1) Reverend Ike: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Reverend_Ike
(2) Jean-Gabriele de Tarde: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gabriel_Tarde
(2) Charles-Marie Gustave Le Bon: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gustave_Le_Bon
(3) Abrahamic Religions: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Abrahamic_religions