Articulator Manipulator

A robot that Danny Haszard used at work with an arm that is broken into sections (links) by one or more joints. Each of the joints represents a degree of freedom in the manipulator system and allows translation and rotary motion.

In the world of cults and high-control groups, the meaning is applied similarly.

Danny's "dubspeak" deliberations:

Jehovah's Witnesses in their Theocratic Ministry School are taught how to cleverly use posture, hand movements, expressions and other devices to sound ARTICULATE. When you combine this talent with one or more forms of MANIPULATION, such as mind control (as commonly defined by mind control watchdogs Robert J. Lifton, Steven Hassan and Margaret Singer), a powerful force for creating deception arises. A whole new world that appears freaky or cultish from an outsider's standpoint suddenly becomes PLAUSIBLE from the naive listener's point of view. He/she has been FOOLED by the articulate manipulator.

More Sources:

from FactNet:

Mind Control: Definition of Information

Excerpts from Cults In Our Midst By Dr. Margaret Thaler Singer

How does mind control work?: A technical overview of mind control tactics

Coercive Mind Control Tactics

from Steven Hassan's site:

Steven Hassan's BITE model of mind control

Essay on Sri Chinmoy by a former member on manipulation

Methods taught by the Moon organization

"There's no such thing as 'mind control.'"

Amway Motivational Organizations

and additionally from Free Minds, Inc:

1. Study of the Persuasion Techniques Used by the Watchtower
Counseling--- November, 1997. -Introduction -Lifton's Criteria for Thought Reform -Milieu Control ... membership. According to Robert Lifton (1961), a psychologist who examined American

2. Eight Marks of a Mind-Control Cult
In 1961, Robert J. Lifton wrote the definitive book on the ... the Communist Chinese. Lifton outlines eight major factors that ... Loading the Language Lifton explains the prolific use of...

3. Watchtower Indoctrination Process
reprint of the Jul/Aug. 1987 Bethel Ministries Newsletter The Watchtower Indoctrination Process A Psychological and Sociological Examination

4. The Freeminds Store - Publications About Jehovah's Witnesses
The Watchtower Store offers books published by the Watchtower Bible and Tract Society as well as books about the Watchtower, both pro and con.
5. Chapter 7 Understanding Cult Beliefs and Tactics  
Releasing the Bonds by Steven Hassan Portion from Steven Hassan's second book, Releasing the Bonds: Empowering People to Think for Themselves
6. Study of the Persuasion Techniques Used by the Watchtower
Introduction -Lifton s Criteria for Thought Reform -Milieu Control -Mystical Manipulation -Loading the Language -Doctrine over Person -The Sacred Science -The Cult of Confession
7. Mind Control or Brainwashing Among Jehovah's Witnesses?
Bethel Ministries Newsletters Mind Control or Brainwashing? Understanding Mind Control Among Jehovah's Witnesses by Randall ... particular technique of mind control.
8. Understanding Watchtower Phobias: How and Why the Watchtower Uses Fear to Control ...
the Watchtower Uses Fear to Control Its Members by Randall Watters Nothing is so much ... explained by the effort to control others' actions and behavior, understanding the victim's plight...
9. Deprogramming and Exit-Counseling
years, as explained by Steven Hassan in Combatting Cult Mind Control. Steven is himself a former high-ranking official in the Unification Church (Moonies). He was deprogrammed...
10. Opening the Closed Mind of Jehovah's Witnesses
Opening the Closed Mind of Jehovah's Witnesses Opening the Closed Mind What can you say when Jehovah's Witnesses ... in the Witness' mind; things that they officially believe, but...

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