Authentic Self

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

By |2018-05-17T10:54:18+00:00May 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+00:00May 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 [...]

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

By |2018-04-19T14:12:26+00:00April 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 [...]

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

By |2018-03-15T18:12:45+00:00March 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 [...]

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

By |2018-02-22T15:14:24+00:00February 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 [...]

Errant Belief #2 “Everything is Mind Control”

By |2018-02-01T11:11:47+00:00February 1st, 2018|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Errant Belief #2: “Everything is Mind Control” Mind control is everywhere, some people state—in psychotherapy, advertising, education, and the military, for example— so it must be acceptable. When we generalize and say that everything is mind control, all distinctions are lost. No insight is gained. A more productive model is to think in terms of [...]

Errant Belief #1: There’s No Such Thing as Mind Control

By |2018-01-26T11:11:31+00:00January 26th, 2018|Categories: Resources and Support, Blog|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Refuting Errant Beliefs You will need to know how to address other people’s misconceptions and, eventually, you will have to articulate these issues to the cult member as well. To help prepare you, I have identified ten of the most common fallacies about mind control cults.  Today, I will discuss the first one.  Errant Belief [...]

How Jehovah’s Witness Teachings Can Damage Brain Development in Children

By |2018-01-10T03:20:42+00:00January 9th, 2018|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Introduction In my decades of work with helping those born into high control groups, the effects are usually quite devastating. Despite the conditions in which young people are raised, I have also seen remarkable courage and resiliency to overcome their childhood trauma, especially if they can receive proper support and counseling. I have blogged before about [...]

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

By |2018-01-04T18:19:39+00:00January 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 [...]

Recovery from Spiritual Abuse and Healing Oneself to Trust Again

By |2017-08-11T07:28:36+00:00August 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 [...]