About First Comment
To be a member of this group you need to do the following.
Go out and recruit like minded individuals. The way we do this is by stressing the following things to people.
1) Social needs - people need others to feel normal and human. Interaction with others is a necessity for a fulfilled and balanced person.
2) Affirmation - the need to be recognized as having value.
3) Security - the need to have a consistent social environment; a somewhat predictable habit of social contact.
4) Attention - the need to have a personally directed response to our thoughts and actions.
5) Leadership - the need to have a goal or purpose, sometimes a reason for life.
Employ the following methods to help people enter First Comment
1. repetitive recitation: makes responses automatic,
and is most closely affiliated with what has been
termed "brainwashing". It reduces the natural
inquisitiveness of a person to an automatic,
homogenous "parrot" of the ideas that are taught
in this repetitive way. Often, victims are told
to meditate on an idea, or become part of a group
that uses peer pressure to enforce the activity.
2. Scripture twisting: appeals to the need for rational
thinking, and depends on a pre-existing confidence
in Scriptures, or a possible confidence in
Scriptures. Misinterpretation, discouraging question
asking, and extreme authority are often utilized in
conjunction with Scripture twisting.
3. Emotional incentive: social needs are met only when
the "proper" response is given. Often coupled with
peer pressure, once a target is drawn into the group,
conformity to the group's ideas and "rules" is
enforced by providing and/or withholding emotional
4. Emotional teardown: breaking down the individuality
of a person encourages replacement of the individual
with the ideas and thoughts of another. Related to
ideas of self-esteem, emotional teardown consists of
a leader or group emphasizing negative traits in an
individual. Through this process, individuals with
low self-esteem, or have a low self-confidence, will
strive to satisfy the "new" attitudes of the group,
thereby reducing the group's concentration on the
individual's "negative" traits. Often, emotional
teardown is utilized when an individual can be
isolated from society, family, and friends. (i.e.
retreats, camps, "training" schools)
5. physical incentive: physical needs are met only
when the "proper" response is given. Conformity
is enforced by providing or withholding physical
needs. Often, the targets are not able to be
self-sufficient, or they have "lost" these skills
due to the influence of the group.
6. spiritual incentive: secret or mystic "truths" are
revealed only when the "proper" response is given.
Often, secret oaths and horrifying penalties for
the disclosure of these "secrets" are utilized,
although some groups are known to reveal "inner"
secrets only to those that have proven loyalty to
the group. A defined hierarchy of authority is
usually the case with these kinds of groups, with
the revelation of "secrets" used as a method of
7. physical teardown: a sensual experience is
generated through physical deprivation. Affects
emotional and rational needs. This takes
advantage of a medical phenomenon whereby an
individual becomes more suggestible under a
physically weakened state. Sensory deprivation
is also related to this, to a certain extent.
The most common occurrence of physical teardown
occurs when individuals are isolated, encouraged
to "meditate", and are fed at the end of long
intervals. Repetitive recitation often follows.
8. spiritual teardown: current belief system is
challenged and ridiculed. A new, or modified
belief system is proposed to replace it. The
technique plays on emotional and spiritual needs.
In pseudo-christian cults, scripture twisting
9. social incentive: social needs are met when the
"proper" response is given. An individual who
does not conform to the group is shunned, harassed,
10. peer pressure: needs are met when the expected
"proper" response is given. Acceptance of an
individual into a group is dependent on conformity
to group ideals and actions. This is often tied
to any and all of the incentive methods.
11. graduated indoctrination: the actual basis, or belief
system, is introduced to the target so slowly, the
victim assimilates information without checking
it against previous information. Most commonly,
truthful principles are utilized initially, then
the true beliefs and policies of the group are
intermingled. An individual may subjectively
perceive the new ideas of the group as being very
consistent with his/her own belief system, even
though those ideas were originally perceived as
being contrary to that individual.
To invite images, copy and paste the code below:
<i>Please add this exquisite image to the <a href="http://www.flickr.com/groups/first_comment/" title="First Comment">First Comment Group</a>!</i>
<a href="http://www.flickr.com/groups/first_comment/" title="First Comment><img src="http://farm2.static.flickr.com/1174/623584249_b0a703df55_o.gif" width="200" /></a>
It will look like this:
Please add this exquisite image to the First Comment Group!!
This is a public group.
Members can post 10 things to the pool each day.
- Accepted media types:
- Accepted content types:
- Photos / Videos
- Screenshots / Screencasts
- Illustration/Art / Animation/CGI
- Accepted safety levels: