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Trauma Based Mind Control: Terrify, Believe the Lie, and Comply

By A.R. Mitchell


Most people have heard of domestic violence or intimate partner violence. The National Domestic Violence Hotline defines domestic violence as “a pattern of behaviors used by one partner to maintain power and control over another partner in an intimate relationship.”

What if I told you that Trauma Based Mind Control was an abusive relationship operating with the same methods as domestic violence abusers - but instead of controlling one or two people - it could control entire nations?

In popular culture, Trauma Based Mind Control is referred to as brainwashing. The idea is that a person is taken and made to do or act against their will through repeated conditioning, manipulation, and gaslighting - all while they are powerless to exit the relationship.

It was first explored by the Russians in the 1920s after the violent overthrow of the Russian government by the Communist Party, in the 1930s the years prior to World War 2, it was used by the Nazis to divide the entire continent of Europe, then went to China and made its way into Korea and Vietnam - where American soldiers as prisoners of war experienced it at the hands and minds of their enemy captors.

This list of totalitarian regimes should make anyone uneasy… but the United States intelligence services also used Trauma Based Mind Control with the intent to control the population both foreign and within the borders of the United States.

Like all forms of abuse, there are red flags that indicate its presence. And this readership should recognize the overlap of many different forms of abuse. What I’m trying to say is, the methods are the same, the goals are the same - and the end game is the same: Control, domination, and fear. The only difference is the scope - domestic violence affects the family unit, trauma-based mind control can affect entire populations.


Before I detail the red flags of trauma-based mind control, I want to add that a healthy relationship depends on you as an individual being allowed to have and safely express…

  • Your own Mind
  • Your own Will
  • Your own Emotions

Those with who you are in a relationship with must respect these items. If they can’t accept or allow you to have your own mind and thought processes, personal choice or free will, and emotions - then the relationship isn’t healthy. (Thank you, Discovery MErcy for this information.)

All the red flags of Trauma Based Mind Control seek to control, manipulate, shut down or prevent the mind, will, and emotions from working properly within the independent individual human, using a group of previously trained humans to control and punish the remaining independent minds.

The person subject to Trauma Based Mind Control is often not aware of it or has been ‘trained’ through traumatic life experience that they cannot trust themselves and must have someone else who has ‘authority’ interpret their normal. In the government-based experiments, drugs and sensory overloading stimuli were used. Often these drugs were hallucinogens that destroyed normal personal boundaries and hijacked the human body’s defense and survival mechanisms. Many of these drugs were addictive and chemically mimicked the ‘love bonds’ that form in healthy relationships.


The method to successful trauma-based mind control is three steps…

  1. Unfreezing - Confusion and basic needs deprivation, questioning of identity 
  2. Changing - Implanting a new identity through information overload, control, and a system of rewards and punishments enforced by the group that demands compliance or loss of a relationship.
  3. Refreezing - This reinforces the new identity, suppresses the old identity, and isolates the person from those who could make them doubt their new identity and new normal.

The above is a top-down model that views the methods of control from the authoritarian or controller. It doesn’t detail the biology, psychological torture, and the conflict of rewriting an entire identity that a person experiences under Trauma Based Mind Control.


Nor does it answer the question of ‘how could this possibly happen to a person?’

I hope this will… You terrify, believe the lie, and comply to survive.

  • You terrify… This moves you from your thinking brain to a primal survival brain. This is good for reacting in fear to save your life - but not processing truth.
  • You believe the lie… the primal non-thinking brain has one goal: survival. This is divinely hardwired into humanity and we are very creative at survival. When dealing with relationships - we are wired to trust. So the terrified brain believes the other person and wants to trust them because of who they are. The terrified brain holds onto the other person as a security or an authority figure - whether that’s actually true or deserving of the other person. As a consequence - the lie is believed.
  • Comply to survive… Since your world has been rocked by a person who claims to have the truth, you no longer feel safe and your brain is in survival mode - it isn’t processing logical information, so you can’t think your way out of danger. The only option appears to be trusting the person and doing what they say will help.


Since most of us are probably familiar with it, let's take Genesis 3, the encounter that Eve had with the serpent.

Genesis 3:1-7, (New International Version) “Now the serpent was more crafty than any of the wild animals the Lord God had made. He said to the woman, “Did God really say, ‘You must not eat from any tree in the garden’?”

(This is the moment her worldview is called into question. She replies correctly.)

The woman said to the serpent, “We may eat fruit from the trees in the garden, but God did say, ‘You must not eat fruit from the tree that is in the middle of the garden, and you must not touch it, or you will die.’”

(The woman terrifies at this point because the serpent is continuing to shake and shape her worldview. Later we learn that the man was present during this incident - but he never speaks or attempts to steer the woman away. He is potentially just as terrified and perhaps more because he is in silence and not responding at all. This is typical of the fear response. We can’t confirm this from the Biblical text, because there’s no record of the man’s body language to help us complete the image and guess his emotional, mental or physical state.)

“You will certainly not die,” the serpent said to the woman. “For God knows that when you eat from it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.”

(This is the lie. Shame and deception never make us like God or even good people. Shame and deception are always the tools of those who seek to control, manipulate and abuse.)

When the woman saw that the fruit of the tree was good for food and pleasing to the eye, and also desirable for gaining wisdom she took some and ate it. She also gave some to her husband, who was with her, and he ate it. 

(This is the compliance that is linked to survival. They believed they were in danger because according to the serpent, God was deceiving them. Their relationship with God was at risk. Not because of ‘sin’ as Christians are often taught - but because of fear.)

Then the eyes of both of them were opened, and they realized they were naked; so they sewed fig leaves together and made coverings for themselves. Then the man and his wife heard the sound of the Lord God as he walked in the garden in the cool of the day, and they hid from the Lord God among the trees of the garden. But the Lord God called to the man, “where are you?”

Authentic relationships with others will not let you hide in isolation. They will not frighten, deceive or terrify you into complying or accepting their established, inappropriate behaviors which threaten your safety or that of your loved ones.

Rely on these truthful, authentic, uncensored, and judgment-free relationships, practice critical and logical thinking skills and if you have questions, get them answered from sources you can trust who will tell you the full story and not seek to control you by telling only the sequence of events that bolster their narrative or what they want you to believe. 

Churches please spend some time on this concept: Forcing someone to believe something against their will is another warning signal of Trauma Based Mind Control. Many of the salvation or conversion methods use fear and shame to make people ‘comply’ with their way back to God. It's not holy - it's a form of abuse. If you want to make your church a haven for healing, your salvation methods shouldn’t resemble the demonic control that survivors just escaped from. Trauma Based Mind Control for Jesus is still Trauma Based Mind Control.

Be aware of what you’re consuming for entertainment and news, and more importantly the subtle and not-so-subtle ways that everyone is attempting to shift you toward their viewpoint. There is nothing wrong with making a decision for or against something - but these decisions must be informed with wisdom - not just eating the fruit that was given to you in the name of terrified compliance.



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