Common Programs Observed in Survivors
of Satanic Ritualistic Abuse
David W. Neswald, M.A., M.F.C.C.
in collaboration with Catherine Gould, Ph.D.
and Vicki Graham-Costain, Ph.D.
The California Therapist, Sept./Oct. 1991, 47-50
Increasingly, cases of Multiple Personality Disorder (MPD) and Satanic Ritualistic Abuse (SRA) are being reported in the psychotherapeutic community. Though controversy concerning authenticity remains, such cases are slowly gaining in acceptability as a genuine social and psychopathological phenomenon. Concurrently, the etiological underpinnings and treatment demands of these special patients are being unraveled and understood as never before. As a result, it is becoming increasingly clear that perhaps the most demanding treatment aspects of such cases concern the problems posed by what is known as “cult programming.”
So called cult “programs” are really no more than conditioned stimulus-response sequences consistent with basic learning theory. Such conditioning is achieved through a large variety of sophisticated and sadistic mind control strategies involving the combined application of physical pain, double-bind coercion, psychological terror, and split brain stimulation. All programs are stimulus-sensate triggered. Thus, programs may be enacted (triggered) via auditory, visual, tactile, olfactory and/or gustatory modalities. Classical, operant, and observational/modeling paradigms all are utilized by the cults and their “programmers.” Finally, it is important to note that virtually all cult programs will possess a variety of secondary and tertiary back-ups—perhaps several layers of each.
The following is a preliminary and evolving listing of the different types of cult programming observed in my own brave patients, as well as in those of my colleagues and consultees. All such patients are survivors of Satanic Ritualistic Abuse with a diagnosis of Multiple Personality Disorder.
The purpose of this compilation is to educate the therapist treating MPD and SRA about commonly observed programs in similar survivors. It is hoped that the following will aid in the identification of cult mind control programming in therapists’ patients, as well as to generically disseminate important information hitherto known to but a relatively few SRA specialists. The more we know about cult techniques and methodologies, the easier it becomes to effectively treat these courageous patients.
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