All posts tagged: Coercive Control

How Colonizers Use Mind Control: A Conversation with Cindy Blackstock

The “merciless Indian savages…” Those words in the United States Declaration of Independence entrenched the way colonial states defined Indigenous peoples as “savage” and their relationship with the “civilized Americans” as represented by federal and state governments. This dehumanizing propaganda was the pen of history, of social norms and laws writing on our societal manuscript about what the United States is and who we are as Americans. It served to normalize and even legitimize the wrongful dispossession of land, resources and even the children from Indigenous peoples.

Opening Our Minds: Avoiding Abusive Relationships and Authoritarian Groups

Opening Our Minds: avoiding abusive relationships and authoritarian groups by Jon Atack is available in paperback, Audible and Kindle on Amazon. I am delighted to help bring attention to a new book which I think is a valuable contribution to our field. Disclosure: Jon is a good friend of mine, for decades, and is the leading

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Corporate Cults: An Interview With Professor Dennis Tourish PhD

Every business has its own corporate culture. Yet many companies have been accused of being run like an authoritarian cult by former employees and observers. Many factors are involved in creating this culture, including the values and personalities of the founder(s), the goals of the organization, styles of leadership and reward systems. When these factors

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Coercive Control, Undue Influence, Emotional Abuse and the Law

Since the attempted insurrection on January 6, more than 460 people have been arrested on various charges resulting from their participation in the assault on the Capitol. A significant number of them have stated they were there at the urging of the former president in order to reverse the “stolen” election. Some of those arrested

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Mental Health Diagnoses and QAnon: A Complicated Issue

On March 25, 2021, The Conversation published an article by Dr. Sophia Moskalenko entitled Many QAnon followers report having mental health diagnoses. According to this article, 68% of the QAnon followers arrested because of their involvement in the failed January 6th insurrection reported mental health diagnoses. (According to the National Institute of Mental Health, approximately

Undue Influence, Judge Barrett and the People of Praise Covenantal Community

Update: Letter to the Senators on the Judiciary Committee Concerning the Confirmation of Amy Coney Barrett In an AP article written about Amy Coney Barrett’s nomination to the Supreme Court and her involvement with the People of Praise, Vice President Mike Pence was quoted from a television interview as saying, “The intolerance expressed during her

A STUDY TO ATTEMPT TO IDENTIFY KEY PSYCHOLOGICAL ISSUES THAT PEOPLE MAY HAVE, WHO WERE ONCE INVOLVED WITH CONTROLLING GROUPS OR PEOPLE

Title of the study: A study to attempt to identify key psychological issues that people may have, who were once involved with controlling groups or people (Original Post: https://freedomfromundueinfluence.org/a-study-to-attempt-to-identify-key-psychological-issues-that-people-may-have-who-were-once-involved-with-controlling-groups-or-people/)   Here is a brief intro to the study, which is completely anonymous to protect your privacy. As we know, research is so critical for our understanding of

QAnon and the BITE Model (Control of Behavior, Information, Thoughts and Emotions)

Additional Reading: What to Do About the QAnon and Those Ensnared in It? Interview with Travis View QAnon: What Is It About? A Discussion With Conspiracy Theory Researcher Travis View Conspiracy Theories, Cults and How to Help Friends and Loved Ones with Debunker Mick West UFOs, Anti-Government Conspiracy Theories, Covid-19, and Indoctrination With Author and

The 2019 International Cultic Studies Association (ICSA) Conference in Manchester, England

Last week, I attended the excellent ICSA 2019 Annual International Conference entitled, “Coercive Control and the Psychology of Influence Across Comparative Contexts – Implications for Policy, Practice and the Criminal Justice Process.” I presented a 90–minute, well–attended workshop on the “The Influence Continuum and the BITE Model and its use for Determining Undue Influence in

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Hubbard, Trump, and Narcissism: A Discussion with Jon Atack

This week, my good friend and former member of Scientology Jon Atack joins me for an in-depth discussion. Jon is an undue influence expert, an author, researcher, and co-creator of the Open Minds Foundation. We discuss narcissistic traits we see between President Donald Trump and pulp science fiction writer and creator of  Scientology, Ron Hubbard.

The Anatomy of Undue Influence: Scientific Study and Elsevier Journal Article

This is my first peer-reviewed academic journal article. It’s genesis began when I gave a talk entitled, The “anatomy of undue influence used by terrorist cults and traffickers to induce helplessness and trauma, so creating false identities” at the prestigious 2017 Congress of the International Academy of Law and Mental Health in Prague. I blogged about

Ending the Game: Explaining Coercion to Help People Heal

Human Trafficking Human Trafficking is a form of undue influence and a serious global issue affecting an estimated 21 – 27 million worldwide. According to the Defense Department, “Human trafficking is a crime in which force, fraud or coercion is used to compel a person to perform labor, services or commercial sex. It affects all