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Steven HassanSteven Hassan, PhD, MA, MEd, LMHC, NCC

Overview of Freedom of Mind

Freedom of Mind Resource Center, Inc. was founded by Steven Hassan, PhD to help educate and rescue victims of undue influence and mind control, and to help them recover.

We seek to educate the public, mental health professionals, lawmakers, law enforcement, religious leaders, and community leaders about how to identify and fight undue influence. Undue influence is at the heart of not only destructive cults, but also controlling relationships, violent extremism, trafficking, and parental alienation.

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Steven Hassan, PhD, MA, MEd, LMHC, NCC

Cult and destructive mind control expert, speaker, consultant, author, educator

Steven Hassan, PhD is a mental health professional who has been helping people leave destructive cults since 1976 after he was deprogrammed from Sun Myung Moon’s Unification Church. He is the author of four books Combating Cult Mind Control: The #1 Best-Selling Guide to Protection, Rescue, and Recovery from Destructive Cults, Releasing the Bonds: Empowering People to Think for Themselves, Freedom of Mind: Helping Loved Ones Leave Controlling People, Thoughts & Beliefs, and The Cult of Trump: A Leading Cult Expert Explains How The President Uses Mind Control. He is the founding director of the Freedom of Mind Resource Center, located outside Boston. He developed the BITE and Influence Continuum models to assess what control methods an individual or group uses and where they fall on a continuum from not harmful to extremely harmful. Steven provides consulting services internationally including intervention services using his Strategic Interactive Approach to helping a person become free from undue influence, recovery services using his Freedom of Mind Approach to Recovery and Healing, and litigation consulting. He has served as an educator and speaker for individuals and families; mental health and legal professionals; corporations; government agencies concerned with undue influence, violent extremism and human trafficking; and graduate students and professionals including at the Harvard Longwood Psychiatry Residency Training Program and The Program in Psychiatry and the Law, both affiliated with the Harvard Medical School. He serves as an instructor for the Harvard Law School Trial Advocacy Workshop. He speaks at conferences in the U.S. and abroad. He authors scholarly articles and chapters. He advocates internationally for changes to the legal system. His work has been translated into French, Spanish, German, Italian, Polish, Russian, Persian, Slovak, Chinese and Japanese. He is frequently featured in print, online, and in broadcast media including on Leah Remini’s “Scientology and the Aftermath,” TEDx, CNN, NPR, 60 Minutes, Dateline, and many others. 

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Steven Hassan, PhD is a world renowned expert on undue influence and cults, a mental health professional, speaker, consultant, author, and educator. He has been helping people leave destructive cults since 1976 after he was deprogrammed from Sun Myung Moon’s Unification Church. He is the founding director of the Freedom of Mind Resource Center. He has authored four books including Combating Cult Mind Control, Freedom of Mind, and The Cult of Trump, a peer-reviewed journal article, other articles, text-book chapters, and weekly blogs. He has developed assessment, intervention, and recovery approaches, and co-developed a curriculum. He frequently speaks to advocacy groups, legal and mental health professional organizations, psychiatry training programs, think tanks, and government entities combating destructive cults, human trafficking, and extremism. He provides intervention, recovery, and expert consulting services. His work has translations in 10 languages. He is frequently interviewed and cited. 


Part of our mission is to educate the public about undue influence and how to fight it. We are open to requests for interviews, quotes, and information related to undue influence.

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Cult and Authoritarian Control Expert

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Latest Book

The Cult of Trump

Free Press | Pub Date: October 15, 2019 | Hardcover ISBN: 9781982127336 | 320 pages |

The Cult of Trump is an accessible and in-depth analysis of the president, showing that under the right circumstances, even sane, rational, well-adjusted people can be persuaded to believe the most outrageous ideas. Hassan’s book is essential reading for anyone wanting to understand the Trump phenomenon and looking for a way forward.

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