Steve Hassan, an expert on religious cults and high-control groups, explains “undue influence” in this short video — and pay close attention to the segment starting at about the 38-second mark.
“In my experience, anyone is vulnerable to undue influence…” Another quick explainer:
Next, Hassan explains the problem with undue influence.
“[W]e’re using the legal term undue influence, because that best describes what it’s really about. It’s the exploitation and manipulation of someone with power over someone else to make them dependent and obedient…”
Here’s another interesting point, also from the video immediately above, regarding undue influence and its ability to manipulate vulnerable people:
“So there’s no informed consent. When you think of a destructive mind control cult, always think, people may say, ‘I chose to join,’ but they didn’t in my professional opinion choose to join. They were lied to, they were manipulated, and they were indoctrinated, and once I have a chance to teach them what we know about social psychology, what we know about hypnosis for example, people wake up and they realize, ‘I didn’t choose.'”
In the next video (below), Santa Clara Law Professor Alan Scheflin and Hassan give back-to-back presentations.
Scheflin quotes Lunde and Wilson from a 1977 publication: “No reported case in Anglo-American law has accepted brainwashing as a defense to criminal liability.”
That is why “undue influence” has become a more viable option by which to make legal claims against high-control groups.
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