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 ...

Making Sense of Post-Cult Trauma; the Relational System of the Traumatizing Narcissist | American Guru

My Thirteen Years at EnlightenNext by William Yenner This paper was presented at the October 2012 conference sponsored by the International Cultic Studies Association, in New York. See the video. THE BEGINNING On a snowy night in 1988 in Amherst Massachusetts, an old friend told me a remarkable story. H.W.L. Poonja, a mystic sage in India, ...

When You’re Asked About Cults

From Easily Fooled by Robert Fellows   The two questions that I am asked most often about cults are “How can you tell if a group is a cult?” and “What can I do if I know someone who is in a cult?”   IDENTIFYING A DESTRUCTIVE GROUP In asking the first question, people usually mean “How ...