Does Scientology engage in brainwashing or mind control?

DOES SCIENTOLOGY ENGAGE IN BRAINWASHING OR MIND CONTROL?

No. In fact, what we do is exactly the opposite. Scientology frees people and enables them to think for themselves.

Millions of Church members from all walks of life have attested to the positive benefits received from Scientology. A common theme through personal success stories is that Scientologists feel more in control of their lives than ever.

Factually, Mr. Hubbard was one of the first to discover and expose actual mind control and brainwashing experimentation as conducted by United States military and intelligence agencies during and after World War II. Moreover, he also discovered the technology he had developed, Dianetics, could undo the effects of an insidious form of hypnotism called “pain-drug-hypnosis.”

Years after Mr. Hubbard wrote about these government-sponsored psychiatric mind-control experiments, documents released under the Freedom of Information Act detailed the extent to which these techniques had been used. Over the years, the Church of Scientology has exposed numerous instances of brainwashing or mind-control practices, such as those involved in so-called “deprogramming.” Such practices are diametrically opposed to Scientology, which is intended to free Man and restore his ability to control his own life.