Under the Influence: The Destructive Effects of Group Dynamics / Edition 1

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This book probes the relationship between individual members and the collective, providing fresh insights into such destructive characteristics as mind control, propaganda, hypnotic influence, loss of identity, and much more. The author explores innovative ways to harness the creative potential of groups without sacrificing personal autonomy. In our modern, often impersonal culture, we need to better understand our "urge to merge" and the destructive control that can be exercised when the group becomes more important than its individual members.

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The author, a psychotherapist and New Age cult survivor, explores the self-destructive aspects of the relationship between the individual and the collective dark side, examining destructive group characteristics such as mind control, propaganda, developmental regression, and ideological totalism. He looks at new approaches to helping those caught in abusive group situations. For general readers. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781573920063
  • Publisher: Prometheus Books
  • Publication date: 1/1/1996
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 1
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 1.04 (d)

Meet the Author

John D. Goldhammer is a psychotherapist, new-age cult survivor, and author of The Save Your Business Book.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments 13
Prologue 15
1 Collective Enchantment 23
2 Trapped in Paradise 49
3 Fatal Persuasion 63
4 The Dark Side of Groups 85
5 Systems: Mega Groups 121
6 The Collective Machine 165
7 Going Backward: Developmental Regression in Groups 189
8 Creating Gods 197
9 The Neurotic Side of Religion 215
10 The Color of the Dream 237
11 Slaying the Collective Dragon 253
12 Putting Soul into Relationships 277
13 Life After Group 305
Appendix: Marks of a Destructive Group 313
Notes 315
Bibliography 337
Index 345
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