Cult and Ritual Abuse: Its History, Anthropology, and Recent Discovery in Contemporary America^LRevised Edition

Cult and Ritual Abuse: Its History, Anthropology, and Recent Discovery in Contemporary America^LRevised Edition

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by James Randall Noblitt, Pamela Sue Perkins
     
 

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A personal but also scholarly journey into the clandestine and confusing world of ritual abuse, this book provides unique insights into the catastrophic experiences of ritual abuse survivors and their efforts to find healing through psychological treatment. This revised edition provides contemporary revelations about cults in existence today and also new therapies

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A personal but also scholarly journey into the clandestine and confusing world of ritual abuse, this book provides unique insights into the catastrophic experiences of ritual abuse survivors and their efforts to find healing through psychological treatment. This revised edition provides contemporary revelations about cults in existence today and also new therapies developed since the first edition was published in 1995. Co-authored by a clinical psychologist and the executive director of a professional organization dedicated to treating survivors of cult and ritual abuse, this edition will be of interest to both academic and professional markets.

The special legal dilemmas, survival problems and day-to-day life experiences of these survivors are examined in a scholarly but sensitive manner. The book presents the idea that ritual abuse is an age-old phenomenon found in many cultures throughout the world. That ritual abuse causes a variety of specific psychiatric symptoms is noted. Special attention is given to the diagnosis dissociative identity disorder that is frequently found among ritual abuse survivors. Suggestions are offered for effectively dealing with the various social and legal problems that result from this severe form of abuse. New diagnoses—cult and ritual trauma disorder—are proposed for this newly identified problem.

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The authors, a clinical psychologist and the executive director of The Society for the Investigation, Treatment and Prevention of Ritual and Cult Abuse, of which both are founding members, explore the primitive roots of ritual abuse and reports of its modern manifestations. They present evidence that what psychologists know as dissociative identity disorder is similar to what other cultures call possession, and that some cases of both may be a result of ritual abuse. They are mildly alarmist regarding abusive cults operating in the US today, thinking that the evidence warrants further investigation but must be separated from the illusions, superstitions, and misinformation. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780275966652
Publisher:
ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
Publication date:
06/30/2000
Edition description:
REVISED
Pages:
288
Sales rank:
1,475,134
Product dimensions:
6.14(w) x 9.21(h) x 0.60(d)
Lexile:
1440L (what's this?)

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