|Founder||David J. Jang|
|Description||Regarding David Jang's group, he is fighting to keep his community christian orthodox but it is not remaining that way. There have been accounts on the internet that he had tried to scare ex-members, when he had been criticized, with threats of suing for defamation. He had done it to me because I sent an email to friends and current members of his community about what is a cult, how to identify one, and also I told them that Jang was a former member of the Unification church for more than 20 years. I said that he teaches in Korea on moon seminary theology (Moonie theology), Jang got so angry and tried to threaten me.|
Behavior1. Regulation of individual's physical reality
a. Where, how and with whom the member lives and associates with
b. What clothes, colors, hairstyles the person wears
c. What food the person eats, drinks, adopts, and rejects
d. How much sleep the person is able to have
e. Financial dependence
f. Little or no time spent on leisure, entertainment, vacations
2. Major time commitment required for indoctrination sessions and group rituals
3. Need to ask permission for major decisions
4. Need to report thoughts, feelings and activities to superiors
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.
1. Regulation of individual's physical reality:
a.Where, how and with whom the member lives and associates with: The committed members only in houses they rent.
b. What clothes, colors, hairstyles the person wears:
Members dress very serious and professionally, dark colors, grey and black, etc.
c. What food the person eats, drinks, adopts, and rejects: No alcohol, no smog
d. How much sleep the person is able to have: 6 hrs
e. Financial dependence: Members works for the group ministries and business and most of the time don't get a salary payment.
f. Little or no time spent on leisure, entertainment, vacations:
No time, just when they visit their countries and parents, and the parents have to pay for it.
2. Major time commitment required for indoctrination sessions and group rituals:
They use a 3 rule standard. For example; missionaries have to pray for 3 hours, do 3 hours of listening or teaching their message to the lambs, and 3 hours of evangelization.
3. Need to ask permission for major decisions: Yes, Jang and their senior members decide even who shall marry whom, they decide where a person shall live, in what ministry they shall work, etc.
4. Need to report thoughts, feelings and activities to superiors: Yes, when you are a lamb (new recruit), you need to write a reflection after listening to a message. When you become a committed member and work for a ministry you report your activities to your leader. If you're struggling you also need to report to your pastor in charge, leader, or missionary etc.
5. Rewards and punishments (behavior modification techniques- positive and negative).
If you obey you can get a good position inside the community. If you disobey and have doubts it means that you are not growing and you shall not have responsibilities and become a reject among the other members.
6. Individualism discouraged group think prevails: Yes, Jang is the head and he is the one that thinks, others obey. The best group leaders are those that obey completely; without doubting and without asking questions.
7. Rigid rules and regulations: Yes, girls can live only with girls, guys only with guys. No romantic relationships without permission. There is no drinking allowed. Routines are that you must go to sleep early, get up early, and the first thing a member does upon waking is listen to the word of god (their teachings).
8. Need for obedience and dependency: Yes, you have your missionary or your spiritual mother, who handles you as if you were a little child.
Information1. Use of deception
a. Deliberately holding back information
b. Distorting information to make it acceptable
c. Outright lying
2. Access to non-cult sources of information minimized or discouraged
a. Books, articles, newspapers, magazines, TV, radio
b. Critical information
c. Former members
d. Keep members so busy they don’t have time to think
3. Compartmentalization of information; Outsider vs. Insider doctrines
a. Information is not freely accessible
b. Information varies at different levels and missions within pyramid
c. Leadership decides who “needs to know” what
4. Spying on other members is encouraged
a. Pairing up with “buddy” system to monitor and control
b. Reporting deviant thoughts, feelings, and actions to leadership
5. Extensive use of cult generated information and propaganda
a. Newsletters, magazines, journals, audio tapes, videotapes, etc.
b. Misquotations, statements taken out of context from non-cult sources
6. Unethical use of confession
a. Information about “sins” used to abolish identity boundaries
b. Past “sins” used to manipulate and control; no forgiveness or absolution
1. Use of deception: Yes, they purposefully distort information to make it more acceptable. They also outright lie to members.
2. Access to non-cult sources of information minimized or discouraged (Books, articles, newspapers, magazines, TV, radio, etc.): You can look up outside materials, but the group doesn't give you the time to fully research them. Sometimes they tell the members to cancel their Facebook account. In regard to critical information, you shouldn't read it because you can be tested. Former members are displayed as that they have already been taken by satan :)
This group works to keep members so busy they don't have time to think critically or on anything that doesn't have to do with the group.
3. Compartmentalization of information Outsider vs. Insider doctrines
a. Information is not freely accessible: Yes, only senior members or leaders can listen to the history lessons or eschatology teachings they cut their teaching since 2006.
Information varies at different levels and missions within the pyramid. The different levels are as follows: a lamb, a member, a committed member, a leader, a pastor, and a senior member (more than 7 years).
Leadership, specifically Jang, decides who needs to know what and at what point in their indoctrination.
4. Spying on other members is encouraged: Yes, like Joseph did to their siblings telling to Jacob (Israel) about what their brothers did. Members are also paired up within a buddy system to be monitored and controlled. Members are told to report deviant thoughts, feelings, and actions that do not fall in line with the doctrine to leadership.
5. Extensive use of cult generated information and propaganda (Newsletters, magazines, journals, audio tapes, videotapes, etc.): Yes, there are broadcasts of Jangs' sermons and his seniors teachings played for members. There are also misquotations, statements taken out of context, from non-cult sources to create a false image.
6. Unethical use of confession: Information about sins is used to abolish identity boundaries. Past sins are used to manipulate and control. There is no forgiveness or absolution, they might use your past in the right moment to criticize you.
Thought1. Need to internalize the group's doctrine as "Truth"
a. Map = Reality
b. Black and White thinking
c. Good vs. evil
d. Us vs. them (inside vs. outside)
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.
a. Denial, rationalization, justification, wishful thinking
e. Speaking in "tongues"
f. Singing or humming
5. No critical questions about leader, doctrine, or policy seen as legitimate
6. No alternative belief systems viewed as legitimate, good, or useful
1. Need to internalize the group's doctrine as "Truth": Yes, only Jangs' teachings are encouraged for listening.
2. Only "good" and "proper" thoughts are encouraged. Yes, contradictory thoughts are to be reported to the leadership.
3. 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. Denial, rationalization, justification, and wishful thinking. Jang says that the noble wisdom is to believe without questioning the leader and to be obedient; that it's higher than the worldly wisdom.
Speaking in tongues.
Emotional1. Manipulate and narrow the range of a person's feelings.
2. Make the person feel like if there are ever any problems it is always their fault, never the leader's or the group's.
3. Feeling-stopping. Like thought-stopping, this is the automatic suppression or blocking of feelings that are not acceptable by the cult identity- such as feeling "homesick" or feeling "depressed" or feeling "resentful".
4. Excessive use of guilt
a. Identity guilt
1. Who you are (not living up to your potential)
2. Your family
3. Your past
4. Your affiliations
5. Your thoughts, feelings, actions
6. Social guilt
7. Historical guilt
5. Excessive use of fear
a. Fear of thinking independently
b. Fear of the "outside" world
c. Fear of enemies
d. Fear of losing one's "salvation"
e. Fear of leaving the group or being shunned by group
f. Fear of disapproval
6. Extremes of emotional highs and lows.
7. Ritual and often public confession of "sins".
8. 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.
a. No happiness or fulfillment "outside"of the group
b. Terrible consequences will take place if you leave: "hell"; "demon possession"; "incurable diseases"; "accidents"; "suicide"; "insanity"; "10,000 reincarnations"; etc.
c. Shunning of leave takers. Fear of being rejected by friends, peers, and family.
d. Never a legitimate reason to leave. From the group's perspective, people who leave are: "weak"; "undisciplined"; "unspiritual"; "worldly"; "brainwashed by family, counselors"; seduced by money, sex, rock and roll.
1. Make the person feel like if there are ever any problems it is always their fault, never the leader's or the groups. Yes, Jang never accepts his faults, he always said that you are the one that is full of problems. He talks about you in a negative way in from of the others when you leave and gives a wrong explanations about your reasons to leave or doesn't tell the whole truth.
2. Feeling-stopping (like thought-stopping, this is the automatic suppression or blocking of feelings that are not acceptable by the cult identity- such as feeling "homesick" or feeling "depressed" or feeling resentful"). Yes, if you get trapped by your emotions or feelings satan can attack you, and you are possessed by demons.
3. Ritual and often public confession of "sins": Yes, members are meant to share testimony in front of everyone and tell them how you were rescued from this sinful world. Telling everyone that you are so thankful to the word you received from the group.
4. Phobia indoctrination: (No happiness or fulfillment "outside of the group) Yes, they say that you cannot make a family and find real love because the love of the world is sick and will always leave you empty. Members are also told that they can be cursed if they leave, their family will be cursed or killed, that you could be physically harmed or killed, etc.
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