Escaping Utopia: Growing Up in a Cult, Getting Out, and Starting Over

Escaping Utopia: Growing Up in a Cult, Getting Out, and Starting Over
By Janja Lalich and Karla McLaren Published by Routledge, 2017 – Available on Amazon“Escaping Utopia is a must read book for everyone concerned about the real nature of human nature. Authors Lalich and McLaren do a brilliant job in revealing the various psycho-social mechanisms by which cults attract, deceive and bind recruits into their ‘families,’ ...

How to Tell if a Group is High-Control?

How to Tell if a Group is High-Control?
Open Minds Foundation: How to Tell if a Group is High-Control? “Are you concerned about a group that you or someone you know belongs to? Do you wonder if the group has high-control or manipulative elements? We are pleased to present an adapted and translated version of this Dutch questionnaire created by … Frances Peters.” “[This] ...

Brainwashing and abuse: one woman reveals what it’s really like to be in a cult

Brainwashing and abuse: one woman reveals what it’s really like to be in a cult
  Alexandra Stein Stylist August 30, 2018 ” … A former cult member shares her story, and shines a light on the horrifying psychology of cults around the world.”   ​” … ​A wannabe cult leader can use anything they think will work in a given time and place as a means to draw people ...

‘Cults & Extreme Belief’: A&E Investigates To Focus On NXIVM In Series Premiere

Denise Petski Deadline May 4, 2018 A&E Investigates will look at the so-called self help group NXIVM in the series premiere of Cults and Extreme Belief, hosted by Elizabeth Vargas. The organization has been making headlines in recent weeks with the arrest of its leader Keith Raniere and one of his top lieutenants, Smallville actress ...

What are the psychological effects of losing your religion?

Christian Jarrett BPS Research Digest April 6, 2018 For many, their religion is a core part of their identity, the meaning they find in life, and their social world. It seems likely that changing this crucial aspect of themselves will have significant psychological consequences. A devout person would probably predict these will be unwelcome – ...

Avoiding Inconvenient Truths When We Just Don’t Want to Know

New data shows we avoid facts that conflict with our feelings Jane Adams Ph.D. Psychology Today Mar 13, 2018 When information is easily accessed and costs us nothing, why do we ignore it? New data[1] from a study of intuitive-deliberative conflict – referred to more colloquially as the head vs. heart debate – identifies this ...

The Power of the Word

Scientology’s unique manipulations of language seduced the novelist Sands Hall and kept her bound to the church. Michael Friedrich The Nation April 12, 2018 In 1986, after years of illness, Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard died, leaving the church to his key deputy, David Miscavige. Under its new leader, Scientology changed its image dramatically: Hubbard’s ...