Authentic Self

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 [...]

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 [...]

Beware of Logical Fallacies when Seeking the Truth

By | 2017-06-30T20:33:44+00:00 June 30th, 2017|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Throughout my years as a mental health professional, I have made it part of my mission to educate people to be smart consumers. I believe that knowledge of how the mind works gives us true power, and that when a person takes the time to learn the facts about any given situation they will be better [...]

Ex-Members Supporting One Another is a Good Thing!

By | 2017-06-15T17:35:02+00:00 June 15th, 2017|Categories: Resources and Support, Blog, Current Events|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

I was going to New York City to tape an interview for a one hour documentary on Heaven’s Gate and reached out to see if I could finally meet Todd Kadish, an attorney who is an ex-modern Orthodox Jew. Todd and I had had several very interesting phone calls and I really wanted to meet him [...]

“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 [...]

Parental Alienation Harms Children by Using Undue Influence

By | 2017-05-07T08:05:49+00:00 May 4th, 2017|Categories: News and Updates, Resources and Support, Blog|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

This past week, a very important legal custody case was decided which involves Infowars’ Alex Jones and his ex-wife Kelly. Kelly Jones was able to successfully show that her children had been turned against her and unduly influenced by Alex Jones. The judge awarded her the power to decide where her children will live from now [...]

The Heaven’s Gate Tragedy–The 20th Anniversary of an American Doomsday Cult Disaster

By | 2017-03-24T11:43:44+00:00 March 23rd, 2017|Categories: News and Updates, Media Reviews, Blog, Current Events|Tags: , , , , , |

On March 26, 1997, the bodies of 39 members of the Heaven’s Gate cult were discovered by police. Poisoned, and with plastic bags over their heads, these victims of cult mind control were forever lost to their friends and families. This story, which gained worldwide attention, illustrates just how dangerous undue influence can be and I [...]

Stereotypical Profile of Cult Members

By | 2017-03-21T10:42:48+00:00 January 27th, 2017|Categories: Resources and Support, Blog|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

    A few people have asked me recently what a typical cult member looks like.  While every group and individual is unique, there are common patterns for how cult members think, feel, speak, and behave.  Check out the BITE Model and the right side of the Influence Continuum graphic.     Cult members become “clones” [...]

Robert Jay Lifton MD: An Interview with a Genius

By | 2017-04-06T17:53:00+00:00 October 7th, 2016|Categories: News and Updates, Blog|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , |

  As this year marks the 40th anniversary of the day I left the Moonies, I want to take some time to acknowledge an individual who played an important role in my personal and professional development. I recently had the pleasure of interviewing the famous psychiatrist and my mentor, Robert Jay Lifton.  I was first introduced [...]

Use of Words, Loaded Language, and “Thought Control” of Believers

By | 2017-03-04T16:03:58+00:00 July 29th, 2016|Categories: Resources and Support, Blog|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

  I recently read former Scientologist official Mike Rinder’s blog piece on “Word Clearing.” I suspect that most people who read his blog are ex-Scientologists, but I think it might be interesting for former members of other destructive groups to give it a read. I thought it could be a useful introduction to a blog I [...]