Here are some suggestions for mind control fiction if you want to learn more about how it works, what is possible with it and to develop a deeper understanding of mind control if you are in the process of undoing the manipulations that you have been subjected to.
Mind control here means the destructive belief changes and deliberately brought about by unscrupulous manipulators to control decision making and has nothing to do with aliens, microwaves or secret drugs or devices.
I will add to the list as I find more mind control fiction that fits this criteria. Read reviews of text books here.
Where the author does not mention the word cult in the book, there are so many lovely examples of mind control that the book could be used as a teaching text.
The main character has been living apart from the cult for years but is still very affected by their ideas. This is typical of people who do not deliberately undo the mind control, preferably with the help of a specialist.
The group pressures, the hyper vigilance, maintaining outward appearances, the power imbalances, sexual abuse and the blaming of the victims, the breaking down of the personalities of the members, breaking the law, manipulation of members by the leadership, it's all here.
And it's a very entertaining thriller, too! I haven't read her other works so I won't comment yet.
This brilliant piece of mind control fiction is a must for anyone who wants to understand how cults work.
It's a brilliant description of a totalitarian society and how fear and guilt are used to control. The main characters, of course, are trying to break free and the book is about what happens to them.
The interchange between the hero and his torturer is very explicit about how mind control works and what the manipulators want.
Make sure you read the appendix too! Here Orwell talks about language, or more specifically the principles of Newspeak.
He gives an exquisite description of how changing somebody's language will change how they think and act. This is exactly what destructive groups do with the loaded language. Orwell explains precisely how limiting one's vocabulary limits one's ability to think.
This is a famous portrayal of a serial killer. Harris supposedly based his character on a number of different killers he covered as a crime reporter in the 1960s.
At different times the main character is said to fit no known psychological profile and that he is a pure sociopath.
Regardless, it's interesting to note the attitudes and activities of this character. He is a brilliant psychiatrist who was consulted by the police about murders of which he was the culprit! He is always calm and collected even when he is doing things with a high risk of getting caught. He eats people if they are rude and obnoxious to him.
There is little or no emotion about anything he does but rather it seems like everything is a game that he controls by giving hints and clues to help them on their way.
I have to admit I haven't read this piece of mind control fiction yet, I've only seen the film. But I have been told that the book does a far superior job of describing the inner world of the psychopath, although perhaps it overdoes the level of emotion.
But here's a psychopath who kills and takes over the life of another person, with never any guilt or remorse. Much of his time is spent organizing the manipulation and deceit, all the time honing his skills.
I believe it's a very well written and entertaining story.
Yes, I know it's not actual mind control fiction. But it's a book and it involves mind control. It's well worth the read to get a sense of what's possible when an expert con artist gets to work on his marks and manipulates their emotions, their weaknesses and their habits.
Lots of the mind control fiction available is about the idea of governments and agencies using combinations of drugs, hypnosis and secret methods to create killing machines, people who become robot-like on hearing a special phrase and follow preprogrammed instructions, and the like.
Examples include The Manchurian Candidate by Richard Condon and the Bourne trilogy by Robert Ludlum.
Much time and effort has been spent by various groups studying mind control drugs and processes and apparently they haven't found them very successful. They have been able to destroy people's personalities very rapidly and create all sorts of psychotic breakdowns, but in terms of creating new beliefs and value systems, they probably don't come anywhere near the ability of some of the psychopaths on the planet today.
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