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Combatting Cult Mind Control "The #1 Best-selling Guide to Protection, Rescue, and Recovery from Destructive Cults" by Steven Alan Hassan
When is a cult not a cult? Does a group have to be "religious" to be a cult, or could a "non-religious" cult exist? Hassan answers these questions and more, and clearly defines the difference between unusual beliefs (which do not necessarily identify a group as a cult) and dangerous & destructive social factors (which, independent of the beliefs, make a group a cult, according to Hassan's definition).
Strongly recommended for anyone who has friends or family in an "unusual" group; this book will help you to either dismiss your fears of cult involvement, or give you the advice you need to deal with this difficult situation.
Even more strongly recommended for anyone who feels they are an a group that has been "mislabelled" by society as a cult. This book will either help you to understand what defines a cult (so you can defend yourself against criticism) or else give you an interesting perspective on how others view your organization.
- Source: Reviewed by Peter Mosier, who operated the Quotes.JehovahsWitnesses.com website
Releasing The Bonds: Empowering People to Think for Themselves by Steven Alan Hassan
"Steven Hassan's approach is one that I value more than that of any other researcher or clinical practitioner. Hassan is a model of clear exposition, his original ideas are brilliantly presented in a captivating style. I am confident that readers of his new book will share my enthusiasm for what this author tells us about how to deal with the growing menace of cults."
- Source: Philip G. Zimbardo, Ph.D., President of the American Psychological Association (2002), Professor of Psychology, Stanford University, Author of Influencing Attitudes and Changing Behavior, Discovering Psychology, and Shyness. Quoted here
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