BITE model

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

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

How to Rescue a Loved One from a Cult or Controlling Relationship: The Strategic Interactive Approach

By | 2018-04-11T13:30:55+00:00 April 11th, 2018|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

  Development of the Strategic Interactive Approach Family members and friends often feel angry, confused, hurt, frustrated and helpless when they realize a loved one has gotten involved with a controlling person or group. They often notice a radical personality change. They either try to argue the person away, are reassured or told to mind [...]

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 [...]

Errant Belief #4: “He’s an Adult. We Have No Right to Interfere.”

By | 2018-03-01T16:26:42+00:00 March 1st, 2018|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Undue Influence Undermines Autonomy It is completely understandable that people might resist any request to help a person who has been unduly influenced. The person might say, "Why should I?  They are an adult.  I don't think it is right to interfere with their decision."  If the person isn't asking for help, why get involved?  Americans [...]

The Radicalization of Patty Hearst: Mind Control by the SLA, a Political Cult

By | 2018-02-15T08:28:04+00:00 February 14th, 2018|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

The Radicalization of Patty Hearst: Mind Control by the SLA, a Political Cult CNN describes an alternative narrative to the radicalization of Patricia Hearst CNN has produced a special on the radicalization of Patricia Hearst, based on Jeffrey Toobin's 2016 book, American Heiress: The Wild Saga of the Kidnapping, Crimes and Trial of Patty Hearst  (See my [...]

Errant Belief #2 “Everything is Mind Control”

By | 2018-02-01T11:11:47+00:00 February 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+00:00 January 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 Can I Rescue My Child From a Cult?

By | 2018-01-18T15:57:31+00:00 January 18th, 2018|Categories: Resources and Support, Blog|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

How Can I Rescue My Child From a Cult? Whether you are looking for help for your son or daughter, your brother or sister, mother or father, or husband or wife, my advice is to do your homework, first.  In the coming weeks, I plan to share the errant beliefs I wrote about in my book, [...]

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 [...]

Harvey Weinstein: Like Cult Leaders, He Abused People Using Power, Money and Sex

By | 2017-10-17T15:26:02+00:00 October 17th, 2017|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Harvey Weinstein in Paris at the César Awards ceremony 2014 Sexual Assault by Men Abusing Power I am heartened by all of the women coming forward, sharing the grizzly details of sexual assault against them by Harvey Weinstein. With hindsight, this unwelcomed harassment was happening for decades, and many were too afraid or paralyzed by fear [...]