Editorial: Cast a wary eye on this swami scandal

The Province March 10, 2010 One of the key qualities our public education system should help develop in children is a critical mind. No, we don’t want our schools to raise a crop of cynics who mistrust everything they read or hear and wind up unable to support anything. But we do want citizens who ...

The Hold: The psychology of how godmen come to control the minds of millions of devotees

DEBARSHI DASGUPTA OUTLOOK INDIA September 16, 2013 How Devotees Are Brainwashed Into Fandom Systematically create a sense of powerlessness in the person Control the physical and social environment; control the devotee’s time Keep the person unaware of what’s going on & how he is being changed step by step Manipulate rewards, punishments and experiences to ...

Dr. Robert J. Lifton on Destructive Cults

March 2, 2000 – One of the leading experts in mind control, Dr. Lifton addressed the issue of doomsday cults such as Aum Shinrikyo.

Aspects of Recovery

Recovery from cults is a multifaceted process; initially it is the separation from the group, group practices, and meetings that bound us to the group. Therapy helps address the emotional aspects of group involvement – feelings of betrayal, abuse and vulnerability to recruitment. It helps to develop and understanding of how the group’s doctrine was ...

The Manipulation of Spiritual Experience: Unethical Hypnosis in Destructive Cults

Linda Dubrow, Ph.D. & Steve K. Dubrow Eichel, Ph.D.   Abstract The process of cult and mass therapy indoctrination may involve repeated inductions of trance-like states of consciousness similar to hypnosis. Environmental (milieu) control, social manipulation, isolation and the use of prescribed consciousness-altering techniques (e.g. repetitive and/or continuous chanting, meditating, or praying) are some of ...

Coping with Triggers

Coping with Triggers and Floating . . . a recovery issue By Carol Giambalvo “Floating” is a word often used in association with “trancing out,” “spacing out,” “being triggered,” or “dissociation.” Ex-cult members describe it in several ways, including (but not limited to) feeling disconnected, feeling as though you’re watching yourself live your life, having spells where you ...

Essay: Coping With Trance States

Patrick Ryan Cult Observer, Volume 10, No. 3, 1993, “Guest Column: Coping With Trance States”; and first appeared in the Summer 1992 issue of TM EX NEWS. Trance states, derealization, dissociation, spaceyness. What are they? What strategies can we use to cope with them? By trance states we mean dissociation, depersonalization, and derealization. In the ...