Deception, Dependency, and Dread

Michael D. Langone, Ph.D. Farber, Harlow, & West (1957) coined the term “DDD syndrome” to describe the essence of Korean war thought reform with prisoners of war: debility, dependency, and dread. Lifton (1961), who also studied thought reform employed in Chinese universities, demonstrated that the process did not require physical debilitation. Contemporary cultic groups, which ...

Singer’s Six Conditions

Excerpted from Cults in Our Midst, Margaret Thaler Singer, p. 64-69. 1. Keep the person unaware of what is going on and how she or he is being changed a step at a time. Potential new members are led, step by step, through a behavioral-change program without being aware of the final agenda or full ...

Criteria for Thought Reform

Excerpted from Thought Reform and the Psychology of Totalism by Robert Jay Lifton, Chapter 22: Ideological Totalism 1. Milieu Control. This involves the control of information and communication both within the environment and, ultimately, within the individual, resulting in a significant degree of isolation from society at large. 2. Mystical Manipulation. There is manipulation of ...

Born or Raised in Closed, High-Demand Groups: Developmental Considerations

ICSA e-Newsletter, Vol. 4, No. 3, 2005 Born or Raised in Closed, High-Demand Groups: Developmental Considerations Leona Furnari, L.C.S.W. An increasing number of individuals are entering mainstream society who were born and/or raised in cults or closed, high-demand groups. In my work as a mental health professional specializing in trauma and recovery from spiritual abuse, ...

Coping with Triggers

Carol Giambalvo, Joseph Kelly Dissociation is a disturbance in the normally integrative functions of identity, memory, or consciousness. It is also known as a trance state. It is a very normal defense mechanism. You’ve all probably heard of how a child being abused—or persons in the midst of traumatic experiences—dissociate. Those are natural occurrences to ...

Presentations by Joseph Kelly

After the Cult Patrick Ryan; Joseph Kelly May 21-22, 1992, Stony Point, NY   Coping with Trance States; Hypnosis and Trance   After the Cult Patrick Ryan; Joseph Kelly May 21-22, 1993, Stony Point, NY   Coping with Trance States; Hypnosis and Trance   After the Cult Patrick Ryan; Joseph Kelly June 2-4, 1995, Stony ...

Atlanta megachurch pastor Bishop Eddie Long ‘preyed upon investors’ faith’

Posted on Sat, Mar. 09, 2013 Atlanta megachurch pastor Bishop Eddie Long ‘preyed upon investors’ faith’ Religion News Service March 9, 2013 Atlanta megachurch pastor Bishop Eddie Long is facing a suit from former parishioners who say they lost more than $1 million after he encouraged them to invest in a company that was operating ...