A Cult Expert Reviews the Movie “Martha Marcy May Marlene”

Last night, I went to see Martha Marcy May Marlene, the new movie about a woman who runs away from a destructive cult. Writer/director Sean Durkin has clearly done his homework. His film gets so much so right. It provides such a clear window into a lot of the psychological themes of cult indoctrination—deceptive recruitment, …

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

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; …

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Jon Atack’s Book, “Let’s Sell these People A Piece of Blue Sky: Hubbard, Dianetics and Scientology”

Jon encouraged me to post the introduction I wrote for this book, A Piece of Blue Sky in order to help frame the importance of Jon’s return to activism and the importance of his book which so many people have yet to read, or read it when it first came out. ——– Must read! This …

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