Author: Marc Galanter
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 9780198028765
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From the mass weddings of Sun Myung Moon's Unification Church to the ritual suicides at Heaven's Gate, charismatic cults and their devotees have become facts of American life. Using material gleaned from twenty-five years of direct encounters with cults and their detractors, as well as extensive research, Marc Galanter offers the most extensive psychological analysis of these organizations available. Cults explores not only how members feel and think at all stages of their involvement, but also how larger social and psychological forces reinforce individual commitment within the cults. For this revised and newly-illustrated second edition, Galanter has added three new chapters on cult development in the 1990s, spiritual recovery movements, and alternative medicine.

Prophetic Charisma

Author: Len Oakes
Publisher: Syracuse University Press
ISBN: 0815603991
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New religious movements—or so-called "cults"—continue to attract and mystify us. While mainstream America views cults as an insidious mix of apocalyptic beliefs, science fiction, and paranoia, with new vehicles such as the World Wide Web, they are becoming even more influential as the millennium approaches. Len Oakes—a former member of such a movement—explores the phenomenon of cult leaders. He examines the psychology of charisma and proposes his own theory of the five-stage life cycle of the two types of prophets: the messianic and the charismatic.

Misunderstanding Cults

Author: Thomas Robbins
Publisher: University of Toronto Press
ISBN: 9780802081889
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Misunderstanding Cults provides a uniquely balanced contribution to what has become a highly polarized area of study. Working towards a moderate "third path" in the heated debate over new religious movements or cults, this collection includes contributions from both scholars who have been characterized as "anticult" and those characterized as "cult-apologists." The study incorporates multiple viewpoints as well as a variety of theoretical and methodological perspectives, with the stated goal of depolarizing the discussion over alternative religious movements. A prominent section within the book focuses explicitly on the issue of scholarly objectivity and the danger of partisanship in the study of cults. The collection also includes contributions on the controversial and much misunderstood topic of brainwashing, as well as discussions of cult violence, children brought up in unconventional religious movements, and the conflicts between alternative religious movements and their critics. Unique in its breadth, this is the first study of new religious movements to address the main points of controversy within the field while attempting to find a middle ground between opposing camps of scholarship.

Cults in America

Author: Willa Appel
Publisher: Owl Books
ISBN: 9780030049972
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This book gives a history of cults and an explanation of their types and methods used today.

How to Master Cult Psychology and Mind Control Techniques

Author: Bryan Westra
Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
ISBN: 9781534702387
Format: PDF, Kindle
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If you've ever wanted to get inside the mind of someone and control them, hypnotize them, recruit them, indoctrinate new beliefs inside them, whatever be the case, then this is the book you've been searching for. This book teaches you techniques, give you advice, and holds your hand step-by-step the cult psychology and mind control and indoctrination process. I think you'll find this book fascinating, helpful, and useful within many contexts e.g., cult recruiting, group think, persuasion, influence, manipulation, mind control, negotiation, installing new beliefs in yourself and others, etc. You'll learn a lot and walk away from this book confident and secure in what to do next, you'll be inspired! Grab A Copy Now!

Terror Love and Brainwashing

Author: Alexandra Stein
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
ISBN: 1317194500
Format: PDF, ePub, Mobi
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Written by a cult survivor and renowned expert on cults and totalitarianism, Terror, Love and Brainwashing draws on the author’s 25 years of study and research to explain how almost anyone, given the right set of circumstances, can be radically manipulated to engage in otherwise incomprehensible and often dangerous acts. Illustrated with compelling stories from a range of cults and totalitarian systems, from religious to political to commercial, the book defines and analyses the common and identifiable traits that underlie almost all these groups. It focuses on how charismatic, authoritarian leaders control their followers’ attachment relationships via manipulative social structures and ideologies so that, emotionally and cognitively isolated, they become unable to act in their own survival interests. Using the evolutionary theory of attachment to demonstrate the psychological impact of these environments, and incorporating the latest neuroscientific findings, Stein illustrates how the combined dynamic of terror and ‘love’ works to break down people’s ability to think and behave rationally. From small local cults to global players like ISIS and North Korea, the impact of these movements is widespread and growing. This important book offers clarity and a unique perspective on the dynamics of these systems of control, and concludes with guidance to foster greater awareness and prevention. It will be essential reading for mental health professionals in the field, as well as policy makers, legal professionals, cult survivors, and their families, as well as anyone with an interest in these disturbing groups. Students of social and developmental psychology will also find it fascinating.

Cults and New Religious Movements

Author: Marc Galanter
Publisher: American Psychiatric Pub
ISBN: 9780890422120
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The book higlights the issues of cults and perspectives on cults and new religious movements.

Adult Children of Parental Alienation Syndrome Breaking the Ties That Bind

Author: Amy J. L. Baker
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
ISBN: 9780393075984
Format: PDF
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An examination of adults who have been manipulated by divorcing parents. Parental Alienation Syndrome (PAS) occurs when divorcing parents use children as pawns, trying to turn the child against the other parent. This book examines the impact of PAS on adults and offers strategies and hope for dealing with the long-term effects.

Sun Myung Moon and the Unification Church

Author: Frederick Sontag
Publisher: Nashville, Tenn. : Abingdon Press
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Combines a biography of the controversial Korean religious leader with an examination of the origins, organization, leadership, growth, and beliefs of his worldwide church

Cults in Our Midst

Author: Margaret Thaler Singer
Format: PDF, ePub
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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.