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Children are Harmed by Destructive Cults – Part One

By |2018-08-31T19:39:58+00:00August 31st, 2018|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

    Freedom of religion does not give permission to traumatize and abuse kids! Last week, I blogged about adults in totalistic, destructive cults who are physically still in but psychologically out and sitting on the fence. This week I wanted to blog about children who are helpless and were born or raised in a group. [...]

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

By |2018-06-28T14:03:37+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 [...]

The BITE Model & Mormonism: An Exploration with Ex-Mormon John Dehlin

By |2018-06-14T11:50:12+00:00June 14th, 2018|Categories: Resources and Support, Blog|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

June 14, 2018 Dr. John Dehlin & Mormon Stories Podcast STEVEN HASSAN – WHAT THE MORMON CHURCH CAN LEARN FROM CULTS TO DO/BE BETTER Mormon Stories Podcast 938-939 About a month ago, we received an email from John Dehlin requesting an interview for his podcast Mormon Stories and his Youtube channel.  Frankly, I have been so busy with [...]

Old Cult Objects: What to Do with Them?

By |2017-06-06T13:16:35+00:00June 1st, 2017|Categories: Resources and Support, Blog|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Scientology E-Meter Here is an exercise for recovering ex-members: Look around your home.  How many objects remind you of your former cult?  Do you still have cult clothing, books, music, or art?  How does having these objects affect you? I recently worked with a woman who had been out of a Korean cult for 7 years.  She [...]

Freedom of Mind for LGBTQ Youth

By |2017-04-06T17:30:06+00:00December 16th, 2016|Categories: Resources and Support, Blog|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Freedom of Mind, as an organization and as a meme is grounded in a commitment to basic human rights as expressed by the U.N. Universal Declaration of Human Rights.  Please take a moment to look at these profound statements. It’s not surprising that many cults hold doctrines and practices which are intolerant and even violent towards [...]

Mass LDS Resignations Help Ex-Mormons Heal

By |2017-03-21T10:55:35+00:00September 2nd, 2016|Categories: Guest Blogs, Blog|Tags: , , , , , , |

Guest blog by Abigail Bukas, Administrator of FoM   Three weeks ago, 2,000 members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints held a mass resignation in downtown Salt Lake City, Utah.  Attorney Mark Naugle and others aided in filing paperwork which enabled these ex-mormons to officially cut ties with the LDS church.  According to this [...]

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

By |2017-03-04T16:03:58+00:00July 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 [...]

An Expert Responds to the Cult Controversy re: Mormonism

By |2017-01-23T13:27:38+00:00April 9th, 2016|Categories: Resources and Support, Blog|Tags: , |

Countless times over the past weeks, I’ve been asked: Is Mormonism a cult? My life’s work has been studying the psychology of influence, so that’s a fair question. Since I myself was rescued from the group that calls itself the Unification Church, or the Family Foundation for World Peace and Unification-- aka Moonies-- in 1976, I [...]