The Cult of Trump: A Leading Cult Expert Explains How the President Uses Mind Control

The Cult of Trump: A Leading Cult Expert Explains How the President Uses Mind Control

by Steven Hassan

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Overview

One of America’s leading experts in cults and mind-control provides an eye-opening analysis of Trump and the indoctrination tactics he uses to build a fanatical devotion in his supporters.

Over the past two years, Trump’s behavior has become both more disturbing and yet increasingly familiar. He relies on phrases like, “fake news,” “build the wall,” and continues to spread the divisive mentality of us-vs.-them. He lies constantly, has no conscience, never admits when he is wrong, and projects all of his shortcomings on to others. He has become more authoritarian, more outrageous, and yet many of his followers remain blindly devoted. Scott Adams, the creator of Dilbert and a major Trump supporter, calls him one of the most persuasive people living. His need to squash alternate information and his insistence of constant ego stroking are all characteristics of other famous leaders—cult leaders.

In The Cult of Trump, mind-control and licensed mental health expert Steven Hassan draws parallels between our current president and people like Jim Jones, David Koresh, Ron Hubbard and Sun Myung Moon, arguing that this presidency is in many ways like a destructive cult. He specifically details the ways in which people are influenced through an array of social psychology methods and how they become fiercely loyal and obedient. Hassan was a former “Moonie” himself, and he draws on his forty years of personal and professional experience studying hypnosis and destructive cults, working as a deprogrammer, and a strategic communications interventionist. He emphasizes why it’s crucial that we recognize ways to identify and protect ourselves and our loved ones.

The Cult of Trump is an accessible and in-depth analysis of the president, showing that under the right circumstances, even sane, rational, well-adjusted people can be persuaded to believe the most outrageous ideas. Hassan’s book is essential reading for anyone wanting to understand the Trump phenomenon and looking for a way forward.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781982127336
Publisher: Free Press
Publication date: 10/15/2019
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 75,291
Product dimensions: 6.20(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.40(d)

About the Author

Steven Hassan is a mental health professional who specializes in helping people to recover from mind control as well as helping loved ones to exit without coercion. He has been helping people leave destructive relationships and organizations since 1976 after he was rescued from the infamous cult, the Moonies. Hassan directs the Freedom of Mind Resource Center, a counseling and publishing organization outside of Boston, teaches at Harvard Medical School and Brigham and Women’s Hospital, and is pursuing a doctorate from Fielding University. He is the author of Combating Cult Mind Control and Releasing the Bonds and Freedom of Mind: Helping Loved Ones Leave Controlling People, Cults, and Beliefs.

Table of Contents

Author's Note ix

Introduction xi

Chapter 1 What Is a Cult? 1

Chapter 2 The Making of a Cult Leader 22

Chapter 3 The Cult Leader Profile 39

Chapter 4 America, a Country Wired for Manipulation 64

Chapter 5 The Persuasiveness of Trump 88

Chapter 6 Manipulation of the Media 120

Chapter 7 The Influencers 141

Chapter 8 Trump's Followers 170

Chapter 9 How to Undo Mind Control 194

Chapter 10 The Future 218

Acknowledgments 235

Notes 241

Index 283

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