Why do we get a buzz from being in large groups at festivals, jubilees and other public events? According to the social brain hypothesis, it’s because the human brain specifically evolved to support social interactions. Studies have shown that belonging to a group can lead to improved wellbeing and increased satisfaction with life.
A study published in Memory suggests that trigger warnings could actually be counterproductive and prolong effects of recalling a negative memory.
This talk explores the role of mainstream media in providing public education about the dangers and dynamics of cults. Very often we notice mainstream media focusing on exposing specific corruptions or injustices from cultic groups, or highlighting sensationalized anecdotal situations or personal stories from former cult members.
Worldwide Church of God, a Bible based doomsday cult
Individual vulnerability factors matter much more than personality type when it comes to joining or staying in a cult or abusive relationship.
Patrick Ryan is a graduate of Maharishi International University. He has been a cult intervention specialist since 1984. He’s the co-founder of TM-EX, the organization of ex-members of Transcendental Meditation, established ICSA’s online resource (1995-2013), and has presented 50 programs about hypnosis, inner-experience, trance-induction techniques, communicating with cult members, conversion, cult intervention, exit counseling, intervention.
Patrick Ryan found himself deeply involved in Transcendental Meditation during the 1970s until he started to believe he was part of a harmful group. He is now a cult mediation specialist, otherwise known as exit counselling. He is also the head of TM-EX, an organization of ex-members of Transcendental Meditation and has worked extensively with The International Cultic Studies Association.
his class is for anyone who has been impacted by controlling groups—directly or indirectly—and wants to express it through the written word.
Many of you have seen the recent ICSA announcement about the Two-Day Virtual Summer Conference! This two-day event will include a variety of presentations, panels, and workshops for former members of cultic groups, families and friends, professionals, and researchers. Register Day 1 — Saturday Conference Sessions, July 11, 2020 (11…
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…