At the Freedom of Mind Resource Center we believe that everyone deserves the right to build their life free from undue influence.
We support those affected by undue influence by providing coaching and consulting services as well as training and educational resources for individuals, families and professionals. Our team uses the Strategic Interactive Approach (SIA), developed by founder Steven Hassan, an ethical, systems-oriented method to enable loved ones to help an individual regain their freedom of mind.
We also provide information to the media to help the public understand undue influence (mind control) in all of its forms including controlling people, cults, beliefs, estrangement, and parental alienation, so that everyone can have the tools and support they need to protect themselves from undue influence.
Freedom of Mind
One hundred ninety-two member countries have signed the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Understood within these fundamental rights is the understanding that each person is unique and has the right to live freely.
People should be free to think for themselves. They should be able to make independent decisions. They should have access to information that may be critical of those in power. They should have the freedom to assemble with others. They should have the right to make decisions about their health care, education and make enough money to live.
Social psychology and neuroscience have shown that people can be unduly influenced by other people, the media and the Internet. Unless the public is educated on how to distinguish lies, propaganda and disinformation from reliable and factual information, people will be easily manipulated through fear and mind control methods. These are best identified by the Influence Continuum and the BITE model.
To have freedom of mind, people need to have factual information provided by those with the expertise to give it. They also need the capacity to reality-test by asking questions and getting truthful answers that align with the evidence. They need to have the ability to make choices without fear or coercion.
When people become adults, they should be encouraged to trust their ability to act on their values. There should be an “internal locus of control” and not an “external locus of control” (a controller, group, authoritarian dictator).
Freedom of Mind is a fundamental right and requisite for a working democracy. Without it, all rational systems, including the political, break down. Mass hysteria and the cult of personality can never replace informed, intelligent rules of law, aimed at justice. Democracy depends upon integrity and conscience. Democracy depends upon the idea that power should have checks and balances, along with a commitment to the public good.
Strategic Interactive Approach
ONE ON ONE COUNSELING
For people leaving destructive cults, unhealthy group dynamics, and controlling relationships. We work one-on-one with clients rebuilding their independent, authentic sense of self, making it possible for them to move forward in their lives.
For mental health professionals, law enforcement, and other people who may encounter persons suffering under undue influence, we offer workshops and other training to improve outcomes for people in these difficult situations.
WEBINARS AND TALKS
For anyone who is interested in learning more about undue influence, we offer online lectures and taped speaking engagements by Steven Hassan on topics such as brainwashing, cult influence, the authentic self, and the BITE model.
For everyone who wants more reference material on this complex subject, Steven Hassan has four books in publication: The Cult of Trump, Freedom of Mind, Releasing the Bonds, and Combating Cult Mind Control.
Books by Steven Hassan, PhD
Freedom of Mind: Helping Loved Ones Leave Controlling People, Cults, and Beliefs provides the knowledge and awareness needed to help yourself and loved ones avoid or escape from such dangerous people and situations.
Releasing the Bonds: Empowering People to Think for Themselves is a profoundly insightful probe into a vast, expanding secret world in our everyday midst, offering hope for those lost in misery and freedom of mind for those who have the courage to overcome their fears.
Combating Cult Mind Control: The #1 Best-selling Guide to Protection, Rescue, and Recovery from Destructive Cults will give you the tools you need to help you protect yourself and others from the use of mind-control techniques.
The Cult of Trump is an accessible and in-depth analysis of the president, showing that under the right circumstances, even sane, rational, well-adjusted people can be persuaded to believe the most outrageous ideas. Hassan’s book is essential reading for anyone wanting to understand the Trump phenomenon and looking for a way forward.