Explaining Undue Influence

Undue Influence is one of society’s biggest problems, yet most people don’t know its name…

Worldwide, an estimated 700 million people are unduly influenced, at a cost of many tens of billions of dollars and pounds to society. As many as one in ten people around the world are being manipulated to act against their own better interests, without even knowing it. As scary as that sounds, exploitation in the form of undue influence is a daily reality for millions of people. (Undue influence, as it can be known, is a hidden threat that links domestic violence, political extremism, radicalisation, human trafficking and much more…)

The Open Minds Foundation exists specifically to raise awareness of undue influence, at the same time striving to eliminate its hold on society.

Propaganda is the executive arm of the invisible government – Edward L. Bernays

Phobia Induction, Desensitisation, and the Fear of Kittens

Explaining Undue Influence

Cults / Sects

Without enough human hearts to gorge on, Huitzilipochtli would leave the sun standing still in the sky and bring down catastrophe upon the whole Aztec empire: the crops would wither and the children would die. Who would risk checking if this dire prediction were true, when priesthood were so very…

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The Thieves Who Robbed Us

Personal Experiences

Cults / Sects

I was raised in a Christian Fundamentalist cult called Jehovah’s Witnesses. For some, this organization may seem harmless and not like a cult at all: that is precisely the image they work so hard to create. That is what compelled me to write this, for my experience – and the…

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There Are Heroes Among Us - and You're One!

Advice & Guidance

Cults / Sects

To have already claimed the right to think for yourself, to question, to deviate, to refuse to be controlled, exploited or manipulated, to refuse to be subjected to any more abuse, to be willing to give up all you have known, to give up home (even family) and strike out…

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Seven Relationship Games All Women Should Stop Playing Right Now

Opinions

Bullying General Influence

Back in my graduate school days, I was discussing Valentine’s Day plans with a female acquaintance, when she quite cheerfully informed me that what she and her boyfriend would be doing would depend on whether or not she was going to dump him. Upon further questioning, it turned out that…

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It's Time for MORE Celebrities to Speak Out!

Opinions

Cults / Sects

I’ve just finished watching Steve Hassan’s interview with Hoyt Richards. Hoyt is a famous model with a long career in TV and movies, co-writing such hits as the comedy Dumbbells, which alludes to cult involvement. As with many authors, he is writing about a subject he knows well; for years…

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Science Vs. Religion

Opinions

General Influence

‘Science without religion is lame. Religion without science is blind.’  ~ Albert Einstein

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