destructive cults

Children Are Harmed by Destructive Cults: Part Two

By |2018-09-06T13:18:21+00:00September 6th, 2018|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Freedom of religion does not give permission to traumatize and abuse kids!   Last week, I blogged about some ways that children are harmed physically by destructive cults, including murder, suicide, medical neglect, trafficking, corporal punishment and sexual predation. Many children that are born or raised in a group are helpless and do not have the [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

A Response to Academics Who Say There Is No Undue Influence in Destructive Cults

By |2018-10-01T19:15:57+00:00June 28th, 2018|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

June 28, 2018 This Influence Continuum graphic describes my model for evaluating influence–from the healthy to the unhealthy. My BITE model offers a list of concerning practices that represent unhealthy mind control: Behavior, Information, Thought and Emotional control designed to create dependent and obedient slaves to a person or ideology. One example of many is the lack [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]