Combating Cult Mind Control

Tired of Being “On The Fence” With Your Life?

By |2018-08-23T14:36:02+00:00August 23rd, 2018|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Beginning to Doubt and Question There are moments when almost anybody can become disillusioned when in a totalistic, or rigid and intolerant, group (or controlling relationship). Losing one’s “faith” can happen for a wide variety of reasons. Maybe they become aware of some discrepancy or hypocrisy in the doctrine or in a leader’s behavior. Perhaps someone [...]

Freedom of Mind Resource Center: Mid-Year Update 2018

By |2018-07-12T12:38:24+00:00July 12th, 2018|Categories: News and Updates, Blog, Current Events|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Steven Hassan speaking at 2018 ICSA conference July 12, 2018, 2018 ICSA Annual Conference Last week, I was in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and gave a talk on the Freedom of Mind Approach to helping people raised in cults and dysfunctional families at the 2018 annual ICSA conference. The theme of the conference was "The global [...]

Dr. Philip Zimbardo’s 1971 Stanford Prison Experiment (SPE): A Response to Critics

By |2018-07-04T07:48:05+00:00July 3rd, 2018|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Dr. Zimbardo photographed for his Heroic Imagination Project.Credit: Ferne Millen Photography July 2, 2018: At this moment, there appears to be a media attack on the reputation of Dr. Philip Zimbardo, Professor Emeritus of Stanford University and former president of the American Psychological Association. Indeed, there seems to be a broader attack on the [...]

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

By |2018-06-18T15:46:22+00:00April 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 [...]

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 [...]

The Moonies and TM Attempt to Reinvent Themselves

By |2018-03-02T18:28:48+00:00February 8th, 2018|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

*blog updated March 2, 2018* Both Have Missions to Recruit True Believers to Take Over the World Having exited the Moonies in 1976, following an intervention performed at the request of my family, I have been so grateful to regain my life.  I refer to the group as "the Moonies," because when I was a member, the [...]

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 [...]

“Conversion Therapy” is Dangerous and Abusive

By |2017-06-11T13:25:04+00:00June 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 [...]