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Scripted Violence, Conspiracy Theories and Concerns

By |2018-12-06T13:21:16+00:00December 6th, 2018|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

It has been several weeks since Robert Bowers entered the Tree of Life synagogue in his hateful, rage-filled attack against Jews. This week, I had the opportunity to interview Chip Berlet, an investigative journalist, research analyst and scholar of right-wing movements. I had been wanting to interview him so he could explain the concept of scripted [...]

Researchers Beware: Wikipedia Entries About High Control Groups Are Not Very Trustworthy 

By |2018-04-05T11:26:47+00:00April 4th, 2018|Categories: Resources and Support, Blog|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Jimmy Wales, Founder of Wikipedia, 2017 Reliable Information? or  Ideologically Biased? We have been living in the Information Age, the Knowledge Age, with access virtually 24/7 to anything and everything. Many in today's world go to Wikipedia to learn about cars, animals, medicines and even cults.  And that is okay.  For the most part, Wikipedia [...]

Undue Influence, The Handmaid’s Tale on Hulu, and Current Events

By |2018-01-11T20:25:14+00:00May 16th, 2017|Categories: Media Reviews, Blog, Current Events|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Hulu has created a television series based on Margaret Atwood’s book, The Handmaid’s Tale, and it is highly recommended viewing*. Last year, Hulu produced The Path and I was interviewed by Vanity Fair for my perspective. This time, I am blogging about The Handmaid’s Tale as I believe this is a very upsetting but well made [...]

Confusion Techniques Can Control Minds

By |2017-04-06T23:08:17+00:00April 6th, 2017|Categories: News and Updates, Blog, Current Events|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

    Ever since Trump became a serious contender for the White House, and especially in recent days since he was sworn into office, confusion reigns. How can he say these things? How can he lie like that? Isn’t he completely contradicting what he promised during his campaign? Then when confronted, Trump lambasts the critical press [...]

Is It Good Policy to Ban Religious Cults?

By |2017-04-24T16:45:24+00:00March 30th, 2017|Categories: News and Updates, Blog, Current Events|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

This week, there had been a lot in the news about Russia’s possible ban of the Jehovah’s Witnesses-- labeling them an extremist group. While I have personally worked with and become friends with many who have suffered as Witnesses under the policies of Watchtower, I do not agree that banning groups is a responsible policy. In [...]

Effective Healing Takes Hard Work

By |2017-03-21T10:42:34+00:00February 4th, 2017|Categories: Resources and Support, Blog|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

  I’ve written before about why ex-members need to heal themselves before helping others. Even if they’re not interested in becoming a vocal activist against destructive cults, there are plenty of good reasons to learn about undue influence and work on personal recovery.  It still amazes me to encounter incredible ex-member activists who have not [...]