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.