A definitive and shocking expose that reveals what cults are and how they work. With vital information on how to help people escape cult entrapments and recover from the experience, this book will be an invaluable resource to former cult members.
MARGARET THALER SINGER, Ph.D., is a clinical psychologist and adjunct professor emeritus at the University of California, Berkeley. In her career, she has counseled and interviewed more than three thousand current and former cult members and their relatives and friAnds. An expert on post-traumatic stress as well as cults, she lectures widely in the United States and abroad. JANJA LALICH is a former cult member and is now a writer, consultant, and cult information specialist. She is also the coauthor of Captive Hearts, Captive Minds (1994).
Table of Contents
Foreword (Robert Jay Lifton). WHAT ARE CULTS? 1. Defining Cults 2. A Brief History of Cults 3. The Process of Brainwashing, Psychological Coercion, and Thought Reform.
What's Wrong with Cults? HOW DO THEY WORK? Recruiting New Members. Physiological Persuasion Techniques. Psychological Persuasion Techniques. Intruding into the Workplace. The Threat of Intimidation. HOW CAN WE HELP SURVIVORS TO ESCAPE AND RECOVER? Rescuing the Children. Leaving the Cult. Recovery: Coming Out of the Pseudopersonality. Postscript: The Millennium, Cults, and the End of the Century.