Taking Back Your Life: Recovering from Cults and Abusive Relationships

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Cult victims and those who have suffered abusive relationships often suffer from fear, confusion, low self-esteem, and post-traumatic stress. Take Back Your Life explains the seductive draw that leads people into such situations, provides guidelines for assessing what happened, and hands-on tools for getting back on track. Written for the victims, their families, and professionals, this book leads readers through the healing process. A resource list and personal accounts of those who have successfully made the ...
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Overview

Cult victims and those who have suffered abusive relationships often suffer from fear, confusion, low self-esteem, and post-traumatic stress. Take Back Your Life explains the seductive draw that leads people into such situations, provides guidelines for assessing what happened, and hands-on tools for getting back on track. Written for the victims, their families, and professionals, this book leads readers through the healing process. A resource list and personal accounts of those who have successfully made the transition provide help and inspiration.
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What People Are Saying

Michael D. Langone
"Former members of cults (including those born or raised in such groups) and individuals coming out of abusive relationships will gain valuable insights from this book on how to deal with those experiences and their aftermath."
Ph.D., Executive Director, International Cultic Studies Association
Philip G. Zimbardo
"Take Back Your Life is must reading for everyone who wants to understand the powerful appeal that cults have for so many ordinary people, using so many disguises, with so many subtle tactics. This book's wisdom is vital."
Ph.D., Professor of Psychology, Stanford University
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780972002158
  • Publisher: Bay Tree Publishing
  • Publication date: 8/28/2006
  • Edition description: 2nd Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 384
  • Sales rank: 793,905
  • Product dimensions: 6.04 (w) x 9.06 (h) x 1.01 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 21, 2014

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    Take Back Your Life by Janja Lalich and Madeline Tobias -Recover

    Take Back Your Life
    by Janja Lalich and Madeline Tobias
    -Recovering from Cults and Abusive Relationships-
    A Book Review By Pierre Freeman 

    If you have been in a cult for over two decades and you strongly suspect something is wrong, you really need some outside help to awaken you as to why you can’t leave. Now, add to the problem, that you are virtually penniless at the time- and are afraid to talk to anyone in the group which has now earned your ambivilence.  How are you going to get help? Further, suppose you get out somehow, how are you going to deal with the trauma caused by twenty-six years of cult captivity? The answer is information, information composed by knowledgeable people, perhaps most helpfully with experience in exit counselling,  people like Steven Hassan, Margaret Thaler Singer and the two ladies who wrote this book, Janja Lalich and Madeline Tobias. Although I did interact with an exit counselor at some point after I left AMORC, the group that I have personally written about extensively, at the time there was no funding for regular counseling- so I derived most of my information from the Internet and books.  I found that Take Back Your Life- Recovering from Cults and Abusive Relationships- was enormously helpful in understanding what had happened to me. As Lalich and Tobias say in a chapter called “Taking Back Your Mind,” “Cult exploitation in an assault on your true sense of self.” This is particularly true if you had, like I had, a cult personality co-existing with your authentic personality, one that had grown to be the dominant, controlling personality that chained me to the cult even though I had my suspicions and fears that I was the cult’s prisoner. Lalich and Tobias are sensitive to this condition and explain some of the logical routes to recovery. It is books like this that freed me from cult bondange. I truly recommend it to anyone in my situation or who has a friend or loved one trapped in a cult. 

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