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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 [...]

Errant Belief #4: “He’s an Adult. We Have No Right to Interfere.”

By | 2018-03-01T16:26:42+00:00 March 1st, 2018|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Undue Influence Undermines Autonomy It is completely understandable that people might resist any request to help a person who has been unduly influenced. The person might say, "Why should I?  They are an adult.  I don't think it is right to interfere with their decision."  If the person isn't asking for help, why get involved?  Americans [...]

Errant Belief #3: “Why Should I Do Anything? He Says He’s Happy!”

By | 2018-02-22T15:14:24+00:00 February 22nd, 2018|Categories: Resources and Support, Blog|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Cult Identity Gail Maeder is on right Members of the Heaven’s Gate cult took turns making videotaped farewell statements that explained why they had decided to leave their “vehicles” behind and commit suicide.  They all said they were happy and claimed that they were exercising their own free will.  They had been told that [...]

The Radicalization of Patty Hearst: Mind Control by the SLA, a Political Cult

By | 2018-02-15T08:28:04+00:00 February 14th, 2018|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

The Radicalization of Patty Hearst: Mind Control by the SLA, a Political Cult CNN describes an alternative narrative to the radicalization of Patricia Hearst CNN has produced a special on the radicalization of Patricia Hearst, based on Jeffrey Toobin's 2016 book, American Heiress: The Wild Saga of the Kidnapping, Crimes and Trial of Patty Hearst  (See my [...]

The Moonies and TM Attempt to Reinvent Themselves

By | 2018-03-02T18:28:48+00:00 February 8th, 2018|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

*blog updated March 2, 2018* Both Have Missions to Recruit True Believers to Take Over the World Having exited the Moonies in 1976, following an intervention performed at the request of my family, I have been so grateful to regain my life.  I refer to the group as "the Moonies," because when I was a member, the [...]