|"That means, don't trust your own independent thinking. You probably don't have any actually independent thinking, but you delude yourself that you do."|
|From Lyndon H. LaRouche, Jr. “Physical Geometry as Strategy” Keynote Presentation, March 21-23, 2003|
This "BITE model" for Mind Control (designed by cult expert Steve Hassan ) was applied to the LaRouche organization.
From chapter two of Releasing the Bonds: Empowering People to Think for Themselves . More here
Special thanks to Steve Hassan who authorized laroucheplanet.info to use his "BITE model".
Note: We have attached a every time it applies to the "larouche movement".
Destructive mind control can be understood in terms of four basic components, which form the acronym BITE:
III. Thought Control
It is important to understand that destructive mind control can be determined when the overall effect of these four components promotes dependency and obedience to some leader or cause. It is not necessary for every single item on the list to be present. Mind controlled cult members can live in their own apartments, have nine-to-five jobs, be married with children, and still be unable to think for themselves and act independently.
I. Behavior Control
1. Regulation of individual's physical reality
2. Major time commitment required for indoctrination sessions and group rituals
5. Rewards and punishments (behavior modification techniques- positive and negative).
6. Individualism discouraged; group think prevails
7. Rigid rules and regulations
8. Need for obedience and dependency
II. Information Control
2. Access to non-cult sources of information minimized or discouraged
3. Compartmentalization of information; Outsider vs. Insider doctrines
4. Spying on other members is encouraged
5. Extensive use of cult generated information and propaganda
6. Unethical use of confession
III. Thought Control
2. Adopt "loaded" language (characterized by "thought-terminating clichés"). Words are the tools we use to think with. These "special" words constrict rather than expand understanding. They function to reduce complexities of experience into trite, platitudinous "buzz words".
3. Only "good" and "proper" thoughts are encouraged.
4. Thought-stopping techniques (to shut down "reality testing" by stopping "negative" thoughts and allowing only "good" thoughts); rejection of rational analysis, critical thinking, constructive criticism.
IV. Emotional Control
1. Manipulate and narrow the range of a person's feelings.
4. Excessive use of fear
7. Phobia indoctrination : programming of irrational fears of ever leaving the group or even questioning the leader's authority. The person under mind control cannot visualize a positive, fulfilled future without being in the group.