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Combating Cult Mind Control...by Steven Hassan

"Protection, Rescue And Recovery" is the rest of that title. Steven Hassan is the author and his first version of this book was published in the late 80's.

Steven Hassan knows of which he speaks! He was a leader in The Moonies, a cult that has been described by the US government as "too big to persecute".

Even though it is known that the Korean CIA invented, presented, and runs The Moonies.

There are several startling facts presented by Hassan.

No one joins a cult. Alleged "Joiners" are recruited by well trained cult members.

Cult members are manipulated into perpetrating their own mind control. This element is so insidious, I can't begin to deal with it in a book review.

I remember reading a book on cults way back in the 80's. Don't remember who wrote it! (Gah!)

What stood out to me at that reading was the fact that ALL cults do the same hypnotic, thought stopping behaviours, and personality conversion (from the real personality to the cult personality). That ALL cults control information, milieu (the environment in which the new Cultee lives and works), uses language differently to wall off the Cultee from the world and family, and there is more and it's ugly!

Steven Hassan was rescued from The Moonies by his family and friends. He went on to become a mental health professional. He engages in professional interventions and exit counselling for cult prisoners.

Yup. Prisoners, not members.

You may not be inspired to read this book. But if you're curious, go to youtube and type in Steven Hassan.

There will be many videos to view!

I got my copy on Amazon Kindle and it's lendable!

So whenever she is ready, I will lend it to Bodiemor , my partner in cult studies.


Image Credit » Photo by Seren3.

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Comments

VinceSummers wrote on May 15, 2015, 7:20 AM

Cultism is indeed evil. Cults as I understand them invariably involve following a man. Koresh, Jones, and many, many others before them, all involve giving undue attention to a man. Some people call everything they don't like a cult, and that is wrong, as well. But I don't care to read about cults anymore than I care to read about serial killers or about drug lords.

MegL wrote on May 15, 2015, 8:48 AM

I wonder if the book you read was "The Wrong Way Home" by A J Deikman. (Don't mistake it for a travel book with the same title.) It was an excellent book about cults and showed how they took people's need to "belong" and used it to keep members.

seren3 wrote on May 17, 2015, 2:35 PM

MegL Oops I sure didn't make it clear - the title is "Combating Mind Control - Protection, Rescue And Recovery". My bad! I am going to edit right now.

MegL wrote on May 17, 2015, 2:59 PM

No, you said you read a book on cults back in the 80s but didn't remember the name.

seren3 wrote on May 17, 2015, 6:19 PM

MegL Oh yes! Now I see what you're referring to. I see that it was published in 1994. I started reading about cults in the mid eighties.

Last Edited: May 17, 2015, 6:22 PM

Ruby3881 wrote on May 26, 2015, 7:24 PM

I read a book about the Moonies back in the 80s. I wonder if it was the same one??

How cool that your Kindle book can be loaned to a friend! I had no idea you could do that....

BodieMor wrote on May 28, 2015, 2:16 AM

Your partner in cult studies is almost ready to read this one!