Chapter 22: Ideological Totalism

As published in the Washington Post’s report on cults (now offline) Below is a reprint of Chapter 22 of Robert Jay Lifton’s book,“Thought Reform and the Psychology of Totalism: A Study of ‘Brainwashing’ in China.” Lifton, a psychiatrist and distinguished professor at the City University of New York, has studied the psychology of extremism for decades. ...