Steve Hassan Responds to NY Times Column Titled “The Cult Deficit”

2018-12-16T18:47:05-04:00September 29th, 2014|Blog, Media Reviews|

Steve Hassan Responds to NY Times Column titled "The Cult Deficit": http://www.nytimes.com/2014/09/28/opinion/sunday/ross-douthat-the-cult-deficit.htmlAs a former cult member, licensed mental Health counselor, author of three books about helping people protect themselves from cults, help those in them and to recover once out, I have great difficulty with this piece entirely.Cults abound: political cults; therapy cults; religious cults; commercial cults; large group awareness training cults; cults of personality. My definition? Deceptive recruitment (lack of informed consent), control of people's Behavior, Information, Thoughts and Emotions (BITE) aimed at creating a dependent and obedient cult identity. ISIS, and other terrorist groups- a political/religious cult. [...]