Steven Hassan

About Steven Hassan

Steven Hassan is one of the foremost authorities on undue influence (mind control) and controlling groups and individuals. He understands the subject from the unique perspective as both a former cult member and as a clinical professional who has been working full-time in the field since 1976.Steven is the Founding Director of the Freedom of Mind Resource Center, a coaching, consulting, and training organization dedicated to supporting individuals to have the freedom to think clearly and to freely consider how they want to live their lives. Steven pioneered a breakthrough method called the Strategic Interactive Approach (SIA), an effective and legal alternative for families to help cult members. The SIA teaches family and friends how to strategically influence the individual involved in the cult.He is the author of Combating Cult Mind Control: The #1 Best Selling Guide to Protection, Rescue, and Recovery from Destructive Cults (1988, 1990, 2015), Releasing the Bonds: Empowering People to Think for Themselves (2000) and Freedom of Mind: Helping Loved Ones Leave Controlling People, Cults & Beliefs (2012, 2013). He is also the Co-Developer of Ending the Game, a non-coercive curriculum designed to educate and empower sex trafficking victims to leave pimps and traffickers. Steven provides training workshops and seminars for mental health professionals, educators, and law enforcement officers worldwide, as well as for families of cult members. He writes and speaks out about the importance of viewing ISIS/Daesh and other terrorist groups as destructive cults.
Freedom of Mind is the most important freedom

A Call to Action for All Who Have Suffered from Mind Control!

By |2018-11-15T12:23:39+00:00November 15th, 2018|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

The Age of Influence I believe that we are no longer living merely in the "Age of Information" but the "Age of Influence." Information has long been collected, legally and illegally about billions of people, building very sophisticated profiles. With such a persona or profile, influence can be very efficiently used to manipulate people's minds and [...]

Questionable Legislation Sponsored to Make Pyramid Schemes Legal

By |2018-11-08T12:35:51+00:00November 8th, 2018|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Multi-Level Marketing Scams Have you ever been approached to learn about a great "business opportunity"? I have been. Over and over again. For more than forty years! The names of the groups change but they are all pretty much the same. I have also been asked to help a family member or friend caught up in [...]

Ideas for Combating Hate Speech and Violence

By |2018-10-29T14:45:01+00:00October 29th, 2018|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

The massacre of 11 innocent Jews in the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania last Sabbath by a hateful, disturbed man is a wake-up call for everyone who loves freedom. I attended my own synagogue that morning and experienced a wonderful Bar Mitzvah where the dvar, taught by the thirteen-year-old, was about intelligent disobedience and [...]

The Attempt to Redefine Religious Freedom

By |2018-10-25T13:08:39+00:00October 25th, 2018|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

This week's blog is an effort to make people aware of a concerted effort to move the United States away from the Founding Fathers' plan in the Constitution. They wanted a solid foundational commitment for a clear separation of Church and State. However, we are currently seeing a trend towards giving rights to religious corporations that [...]

Time to Abolish the Statutes of Limitation for Child Sexual Abuse!

By |2018-10-19T10:44:56+00:00October 18th, 2018|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

"Children's Rights are Human Rights" is the first thing you see when visiting the CHILD USA website. CHILD USA is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit think tank dedicated to protecting kids and preventing abuse. Its two founders are law professor and author Marci Hamilton and Dr. Rita Swan. Both are dedicated to ensuring children receive proper medical treatment (but do [...]

Malice Found by Jury in Montana Watchtower Society Sex Abuse Case

By |2018-10-11T13:50:27+00:00October 11th, 2018|Categories: News and Updates, Blog|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

The huge decline in membership due to critical information on the Internet, as well as lawsuits, are forcing leadership of older established clergy organizations, like the Jehovah's Witnesses and the Mormons, to try to find ways to cope. In the case of Watchtower, documents listing predators have been leaked. Also, in the case of the LDS Church, documents are being leaked [...]

Trauma Trigger Alert for Sexual Abuse Survivors! Cosby Conviction, Kavanaugh Hearing and Trump

By |2018-10-04T11:39:11+00:00October 4th, 2018|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Donald Trump holds a “Make America Great Again” rally in Mississippi and mocks Dr. Christine Blasey Ford's testimony. Photo: MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images On October 2nd, 2018, at a political rally, the 45th President of the United States, Donald Trump, mocked Christine Blasey Ford's testimony of her sexual assault while in high school. As I [...]

Women in High-Control Groups: Disrespected, Treated as Subservient, Sometimes Abused and Even Raped

By |2018-11-08T13:48:49+00:00September 27th, 2018|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

As the U.S. Senate has agreed to hear the testimony of Dr. Christine Blasey Ford about the alleged sexual assault incident that happened years ago with Judge Brett Kavanagh, people's attentions are back on women's rights, #WhyIDidn'tReport, and men's misuse of power and sex. Some Republican members act as if they will confirm Kavanagh as a new [...]

Right-Wing Extremist Terrorists Target Humanists Who Teach Critical Thinking

By |2018-09-20T12:10:08+00:00September 16th, 2018|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Rationalists under threat, Photo by NewsClick Indian Activists Advocate the Use of Scientific, Analytical Thinking, Not Just Superstition This week's blog features an interview with my friend Narendra Nayak who is the President of the Federation of Indian Rationalist Associations (FIRA). His organization consists of eighty constituent groups who together seek to promote scientific [...]

Help For Those That Leave a Cult But Still Have Beliefs That Are Harmful 

By |2018-09-13T12:22:30+00:00September 13th, 2018|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

I previously wrote a blog about people who are still living inside high-control groups that no longer believe in the leader or group. They remain trapped inside due to a variety of reasons, but there are also practical reasons which include the high exit cost of losing family, money, and friends. Most people can and do leave the [...]