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At 01:52 AM 15/01/02 -0500, "Philip Jonkers" <PHILIPJONKERS@prodigy.net>
>Wow... the latter mechanism sounds pretty familiar.
>However, I do not understand precisely what you mean
>by `capture bonding'. Do you
>mean potential cult-members voluntarily let themselves
>lock up in isolation for a while and, thankful as they
>are, upon release decide to stick around.
>Could you provide some references on that,
>preferrably internet-sites? I'm very interested...
I don't know if they still do it, but the Moonies used to take people who
agreed to come on one of their "weekend retreats" 40 miles away from the
nearest town. According to people who described the experience this set
off a lot of anxiety in them--which is one of the key factors in awakening
the capture-bonding response.
The old EST meetings where they would abuse you and not let you go to the
toilet for many hours tended to set off capture-bonding in some people.
I have hard copy from a text book about the Moonie program but not an
Internet pointer. The hard copy is by Dr. Philip Zimbardo. You can find
considerable about his work on the net though.
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