As the name implies, Multiple Personality Disorder (MPD)
-- since 1994 called Dissociative Identity Disorder -- is a mental condition in
which two or more personalities appear to inhabit a single body.
At first, MPD therapists and counselors regarded the disorder as a unexpected consequence of extreme
abuse during childhood. But a minority went further and found what they believed to be evidence
of deliberately induced MPD. They developed a theory that "mind-control
cults" systematically used techniques of ritual abuse and/or
Satanic ritual abuse (SRA) in order to actually create MPD in children.
Bob Larson estimates that:
"An estimated 25 to 60% [sic] multiples have been
subjected to ritual torture, sodomy, and mutilation. Conservative projections
of ritual survivals have reached 100,000 in the United States alone." 1
The Los Angeles County Task Force on Ritual Abuse describes programming as
"Mind control is the cornerstone of ritual abuse, the key element in the
subjugation and silencing of its victims. Victims of ritual abuse are subjected to a
rigorously applied system of mind control designed to rob them of their sense of free will
and to impose upon them the will of the cult and its leaders." 2
The Task Force lists techniques commonly used by the cult, which include:
emotional abuse: the creation of moods of terror, guilt, shame, emotional
isolation and rage.
cognitive abuse: being kept in a state of ignorance, confusion.
spiritual abuse: being taught that God has abandoned them and that Satan is in
It was believed that some women within Satanic cults became pregnant
often, in order to
maintain a supply of newborns to the cult for abusive purposes and/or human
sacrifice. They would be
delivered by doctors within the cult. Their births were not registered, so
that there would be no record of them having existed. Other infants were
kidnapped for abuse or murder. Some investigators believed that the cults maintained large, baby-breeding
concentration camps. Teenage runaway women were repeatedly raped there; babies born were
transported across North America to satisfy the continual need of the cults for
infants. Children were believed to have been tested at an early age for dissociative ability
so that those who passed could be systematically abused and carefully programmed in order to generate MPD.
D.W. Neswald, et al, has listed some common programs, which they believe have materialize as alters:
Self-injury: self-cutting, burning, poisoning, breaking one's own bones.
Lethal: suicide, assassination of others on command.
Cult control: programs that force the victim to report back to the cult;
programs that recall vows given to the cult.
Therapy Interference: programs to:
Confuse or overwhelm the victim during therapy.
Cause alters who have been integrated into the main personality to dissociate again.
Supply standard answers to a therapist's questions.
Prevent the patient from talking during therapy.
Overwhelm the patient with nightmares.
Isolate, wall-off certain cult-loyal alters from other alters.
Re-experience pain memories which were part of their abuse.
Cause the patient to rapidly switch among various alters. 3
A common belief is that the cults create at least one alter which would become a
Satanist in adulthood. That alter would have the responsibility of continuing the cult
into the next generation through intentionally induced MPD. In this way, the cult would
continue inter-generationally forever. Those children found with a low level of
dissociative ability were not programmed; they were ritually sacrificed and their bodies
The list of organized perpetrators grew to include cults associated with criminal
gangs, twelve-step programs like Alcoholics Anonymous, other self-help mutual support
groups, The Society of Friends (the Quakers) and other religious groups, the Masonic Order, illegal mind-control
secret government agencies, etc.
These beliefs appear to have largely abandoned since the mid 1990s in North America. In spite of almost two decades of
active searching, investigations by law enforcement officers had been unable to uncover any hard evidence that such
practices have ever existed. The only supporting evidence are the recovered "memories" of
persons who have undergone Recovered Memory Therapy (RMT), either by therapists, within
self-help groups or by personal self-hypnosis. With the nearly complete
abandonment of RMT, "memories" are now rarely recovered. Without tangible evidence, it is difficult
to sustain such a belief system for more than a decade.
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