News and Updates

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 [...]

2018: Looking Forward to Helping People to Help Themselves and Others

By | 2018-01-04T18:19:39+00:00 January 4th, 2018|Categories: News and Updates, Resources and Support, Blog|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Combating Cult Mind Control For over forty years, I have endeavored to help people understand my own cult experience- being recruited into a front group of the Moonies in 1974 while a student at Queens College in New York.  This year, on November 18th, 2018, my book Combating Cult Mind Control will be 30 years [...]

Freedom of Mind Resource Center: 2017, A Year in Review

By | 2017-12-26T01:25:22+00:00 December 21st, 2017|Categories: News and Updates, Blog|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

  Freedom of Mind Resource Center: 2017, A Year in Review Hi, Steve Hassan, founder of Freedom of Mind Resource Center, here. I wanted to wish everyone a very happy holiday and a very good new year.  It's been awhile since I blogged because of my doctoral work at Fielding Graduate University.  I just [...]

Recovery from Spiritual Abuse and Healing Oneself to Trust Again

By | 2017-08-11T07:28:36+00:00 August 9th, 2017|Categories: News and Updates, Resources and Support, Blog|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

This past weekend, I attended and spoke at a conference at the University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth.  This one-day event was sponsored by MeadowHaven, The Protestant Chaplaincy of the University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth, Dartmouth Bible Church, and International Cultic Studies Association. The title of my talk was "Spiritual Abuse: Strategies to Help Someone to Exit, Heal and [...]

The Need to Educate Judges, Attorneys, Citizens, and Governments About Undue Influence

By | 2017-08-15T21:39:07+00:00 August 3rd, 2017|Categories: News and Updates, Blog|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

The knowledge base of the hard sciences including medicine and social psychological research is developing rapidly all over the world. The legal system is constantly being updated to incorporate new information and research. For the law to change, it often is up to diligent attorneys who represent clients who have suffered a harm and expert witnesses [...]

Is Justin Bieber in a Cult?

By | 2017-07-29T07:47:44+00:00 July 27th, 2017|Categories: News and Updates, Blog, Current Events|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

A few days ago, there was an announcement that Justin Bieber abruptly canceled a large portion of his "Purpose" tour dates. Now we hear it might be because of his involvement with Pastor Carl Lentz of Hillsong Church in Montclair. Several articles have been posted that allege that the founder of Hillsong Church had molested at least [...]

My Week at the IALMH Congress

By | 2017-11-21T13:55:51+00:00 July 20th, 2017|Categories: News and Updates, Blog, Current Events|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

I want to share with you the wonderful experience I had attending the 2017 Congress of International Academy of Law and Mental Health (IALMH) in Prague.  From July 9-14 I was among over 1500 people from over 100 countries who gathered at this event. Being at the congress was a fantastic experience. I truly learned a [...]

Persuading Someone to Take His Own Life: Judge Says She is Guilty!

By | 2017-08-03T19:48:45+00:00 June 22nd, 2017|Categories: News and Updates, Blog, Current Events|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

On June 16, 2017, a Massachusetts woman, Michelle Carter, was found guilty in the precedent setting case of the involuntary manslaughter death of her boyfriend Conrad Roy. Roy, who died on July 13, 2014, carried out his suicide plan after receiving a number of text messages and phone calls from Carter when he was having second [...]

“Conversion Therapy” is Dangerous and Abusive

By | 2017-06-11T13:25:04+00:00 June 8th, 2017|Categories: News and Updates, Resources and Support, Blog|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

  The 48th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots is coming up on June 28, and many cities in America are holding Gay Pride parades and festivals around this time. With the Trump election and Mike Pence as Vice President, all the accomplishments advancing human rights seems like they are in jeopardy.  This week, I attended the [...]

Mooniverse (My Former Cult) is Attempting a Reboot

By | 2017-05-13T21:56:18+00:00 May 11th, 2017|Categories: News and Updates, Blog, Current Events|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Forty-one years ago today, I was deprogrammed from the cult of Sun Myung Moon. Many of you may not be familiar with the Unification Church, AKA the “Moonies.”  The church and its many front groups and related organizations have not been in the news as much recently.  They lost a lot of their American membership after [...]