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

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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 ...

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Overview

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)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780275966652
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 6/30/2000
  • Edition description: REVISED
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 288
  • Lexile: 1440L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 6.15 (w) x 9.24 (h) x 0.85 (d)

Meet the Author

JAMES RANDALL NOBLITT is a clinical psychologist in Dallas, Texas, where he is Director of the Center for Counseling and Psychological Services.

PAMELA SUE PERSKIN is Executive Director of the International Council on Cultism and Ritual Trauma and a lecturer on child abuse.

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Table of Contents

Preface
Acknowledgements
Introduction
1 The Church in Thetford Forest 1
2 On the Borderline 7
3 Entering Uncharted Territory 15
4 Multiple Personalities 23
5 Possession, Ritual Abuse, and Dissociation 41
6 Empirical Evidence of Ritual Abuse 55
7 Breaking the Code 73
8 The African Connection 89
9 Other Cultures 105
10 1990: The Year of the Awakening 119
11 Investigating Western Occultism 127
12 An Introduction to Wicca 145
13 Satanism? 153
14 The Politics of Psychotherapy 167
15 The Media 177
16 Will "The System" Protect Them? 191
17 Cult and Ritual Trauma Disorder 211
18 Nihilists and Revisionists 221
Appendix A Proposed Diagnosis in DSM Format 239
References 243
Index 265
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