Extremes of emotional highs and lows
Michael Winstead (2003) describes "ego-stripping sessions" where the targeted person was prevented from leaving the room. May shed light on the case of Jeremiah Duggan, who attended high pressure LaRouchian indoctrination sessions in Germany prior to his death.
Brainwashing and Lyndon LaRouche
by Michael Winstead
In the section on political indoctrination, there is a description of how Communist China brainwashed workers into being a "conduit from the Party to the people," and oddly enough I found the program used fits almost precisely what I've undertaken in the Lyndon LaRouche organization. It begins for many with indoctrination "retreats," where students go out to cabins for a "weekend of intellectual discussion," where new recruits are worked on from the minute they walk in, to join the organization. For a weekend they are bombarded with classes that challenge their identity, culture, past training, and are given an apocalyptic view of the near future. Very frequently, "freak-outs" occur; crying, violent outbursts, or complete inhibition"-which is exactly the necessary response, for the weakened mind state makes an individual ripe to be implanted with ideas.