Opinion: Vaccines use same tactics as cults to attract followers on social media

Fortunately, after two and a half years, I was deprogrammed and realized that my mind had been hacked. With the help of ex-members and my family, I was able to get away. Looking back, however, I see that the fear tactics Moon used to recruit me and keep me in the cult are the same ones anti-vaccination ideology leaders use today to attract and retain people. followers via social media and other media.

While there are many mind control techniques used by destructive sects, emotional control is one of their most powerful weapons in keeping people dependent and obedient. Known as the phobia indoctrination, it exposes a person to a series of lingering irrational fears that initiate a closed cycle of frightening images, thoughts, and feelings. The point is to make people fear things that are actually harmless. The clue can be internal or external, such as a thought, picture, word, smell, feeling, or behavior. This stimulus causes a person to generate negative feelings (often catastrophic).

For example, when I was 19, I was brainwashed into believing that I couldn’t trust my own mind because invisible satanic forces were affecting my mind. Moon did this by taking me and other cult members to see “The Exorcist,” a movie about a little girl possessed by the devil. He was able to implant a phobia – a lingering irrational fear – by repeatedly telling us that God made the movie and that it was a prophecy of what would happen to us if we left the group. This phobia – the fear of being possessed by the devil – is one of the main things that got me so deeply attached to the cult and kept me from leaving.

The anti-vaccination groups are doing the same thing today. Everyone is sensitive to mind control when under great stress and disorientation, and these groups use social media to bombard their targets with messages that sow doubt, fear and confusion about the subject. of the Covid-19 vaccine. As a result, a significant portion of the American population refuses to be vaccinated and is at risk of being hospitalized or dying from Covid-19.

Helping people overcome these fears is the only way to end this pandemic.

Here are three specific ways anti-vaccination groups use deception to influence the public:

Retention of vital information

There is a difference between fears and phobias. Legitimate fears are good – they help protect us from harm. Phobias, however, are powerful fears that something bad will happen that is irrational, very small, or nonexistent. For example, some people are phobic of elevators or leaving their homes. Telling someone that elevator accidents happen every year, without telling them how many elevator trips are successful, fools them into thinking elevators are dangerous.

Anti-vax influencers tout anecdotes about side effects without mentioning how rare they are. These anecdotes are a form of indoctrination of the phobia. Anti-vaccines withhold information about vaccines, which makes people fear that by being vaccinated they are at high risk of serious side effects. The reality is that cases of serious negative physical reactions to the vaccine are very rare.
It’s important that people think critically about the real risks of Covid versus the risk of the Covid vaccine, and not just succumb to irrational fear. Unvaccinated people are at a much higher risk of dying from the virus, and doctors overwhelmingly agree that getting the vaccine is by far the safest and best choice.

Rather than trusting anti-vax influencers, people concerned about vaccine safety should look at the facts and trust the experts.

Distort information

Anti-vax groups distort information by misinterpreting the data and questioning the scientific process. For example, many anti-vaccine influencers claim that the vaccine is dangerous because it is new and was developed quickly. But in reality, Covid-19 vaccines use technology that has been studied extensively for decades, and the vaccine has had to go through the usual rigorous testing for emergency approval.

Anti-vax campaigns to distort information remind me of how fears took root in me when I was Moonie. I was programmed to hate democracy and believe it was satanic. After the deprogramming, I realized that the Moonies had used corrupt brainwashing tactics against me to support their anti-democratic political agenda.

Outright lie

Anti-vaccination campaigns on social media spit out outright lies to sow doubt and confusion about the vaccination process.

Last year an anti-vax propaganda film went viral. The film falsely claimed that the Covid vaccine is a lucrative ploy for a group of elites, who are hiding evidence that the vaccine causes medical damage. He probably successfully implanted vaccine phobias for many who have watched him.

When people are not properly informed, deciding whether or not to get the vaccine can be a frightening decision. People are constantly exposed to lies about vaccines online, including false claims that they alter DNA or lead to infertility.
Of course, we know that billions of doses have been administered around the world. This is a huge sample size, and the lack of widespread serious side effects is a testament to the safety of the vaccine.

Phobias are common, but curable. If we don’t take the time to analyze real data and risks, and if we allow ourselves to trust unreliable people and sources, we can fall into a hole of paranoia and end up in real danger. Helping people overcome these fears is the only way to end this pandemic.

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