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

The Freedom of Mind Approach to Recovery and Healing from Destructive Cults

By | 2018-05-17T10:54:18+00:00 May 17th, 2018|Categories: Resources and Support, Blog|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

  The Freedom of Mind approach to recovery and healing from destructive cults is customizable and designed to meet the needs of most any person who has been influenced by a cult. People who were born or raised in a cult have spent their early developmental years under cult control. Other people may have entered into [...]

Errant Belief #8: “She’s Better Off Where She Is”

By | 2018-05-10T11:17:04+00:00 May 10th, 2018|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Are They Better Off Being Left in the Group?   Sometimes family, friends, and even mental health professionals may think that a person is better off in the cult. This way, the family, and friends may not feel obliged to do anything to help rescue the individual. Sometimes this is because the person has been a [...]

Hypnosis, Guided Meditation, Deep Visualizations–Consumers Beware!

By | 2018-05-03T14:25:51+00:00 May 3rd, 2018|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Mind/ Body Healing This past weekend I joined with 24 other mental health professionals to participate in an advanced workshop, “Honing Your Hypnotic Voice: Delivering Strategic Interventions for Mind/ Body Healing," given by Carol Ginandes, PhD, ABPP sponsored by the New England Society of Clinical Hypnosis, which is my local affiliate of the national organization called the [...]

Errant Belief #7: “He Must Be Weak, Stupid or Looking for Easy Answers or Someone to Tell Him What to Do”

By | 2018-04-26T12:34:36+00:00 April 26th, 2018|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

"Don't Blame the Victim" This is a very commonly held, but fallacious generalization about people involved with destructive relationships and cult groups. People often try to find fault with people who experience tragedy by blaming the victim. Laying blame gives people a false sense of control over their own lives by distancing them from the victim. [...]

Errant Belief #6: “He’s Too Intelligent to Join a Cult”

By | 2018-04-19T14:12:26+00:00 April 19th, 2018|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Intelligent People Fall Prey to Cults     This was my mother’s response in 1974, when I dropped out of college, quit my job, donated my bank account, and moved into the Moon Center in Queens, New York. She was trying to reconcile how her son, an honors student, could be foolish enough to be taken [...]

How to Rescue a Loved One from a Cult or Controlling Relationship: The Strategic Interactive Approach

By | 2018-04-11T13:30:55+00:00 April 11th, 2018|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

  Development of the Strategic Interactive Approach Family members and friends often feel angry, confused, hurt, frustrated and helpless when they realize a loved one has gotten involved with a controlling person or group. They often notice a radical personality change. They either try to argue the person away, are reassured or told to mind [...]

Researchers Beware: Wikipedia Entries About High Control Groups Are Not Very Trustworthy 

By | 2018-04-05T11:26:47+00:00 April 4th, 2018|Categories: Resources and Support, Blog|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Jimmy Wales, Founder of Wikipedia, 2017 Reliable Information? or  Ideologically Biased? We have been living in the Information Age, the Knowledge Age, with access virtually 24/7 to anything and everything. Many in today's world go to Wikipedia to learn about cars, animals, medicines and even cults.  And that is okay.  For the most part, Wikipedia [...]

Shunning and the BITE Model of Mind Control in the Jehovah’s Witnesses

By | 2018-03-22T18:38:08+00:00 March 22nd, 2018|Categories: News and Updates, Blog, Current Events|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

The Trauma of Being Cut Off: Disfellowshipped While Still Indoctrinated   Unless it has happened to you, it is impossible to describe the pain, confusion and suffering a person endures when they are excommunicated from an authoritarian Bible group like the Watchtower Society. People's entire identities are molded around ideological conformity and dependence on commands from [...]

Errant Belief #5: “He Has the Right to Believe What He Wants to Believe”

By | 2018-03-15T18:12:45+00:00 March 15th, 2018|Categories: Resources and Support, Blog|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

The Right to Believe Anything vs. Reality-Testing   Freedom to believe is only a real freedom if you also have the freedom not to believe.  Having the right to believe something carries with it a presupposition of the right to not believe it, too.  When recruiters deceptively ensnare people into a closed belief system, it violates informed [...]

Charles Duhigg’s New York Times Podcast: “Change Agent”

By | 2018-03-08T11:20:26+00:00 March 8th, 2018|Categories: Media Reviews, Blog|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

  Charles Duhigg The "Change Agent" podcast is a five-episode series by The New York Times. It is hosted by Charles Duhigg, a Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist and author of "The Power of Habit" and "Smarter Faster Better."  It uses real-life problems to try and solve a surprising story. (When we worked on the podcast [...]