Steven Hassan (@CultExpert) is a licensed mental health counselor who has been educating the public about mind control, brainwashing, and destructive cults since 1976. He’s the author of Combating Cult Mind Control: The Guide to Protection, Rescue, and Recovery from Destructive Cults and the founder of the Freedom of Mind Resource Center. This is part one of a two-part episode. Check out part two here!
What We Discuss with Steven Hassan:
- How to use Steven’s BITE model to tell if you or someone you love is involved in a destructive cult through control of behavior, information, thought, and emotion.
- The four types of destructive cults most prevalent today: commercial, religious, political, and self-help.
- How cults have weaponized the Internet and social media to fill their ranks and thrive as never before possible.
- Why it’s the people who believe themselves immune to (i.e., too smart for) cult indoctrination who are most at risk of being targeted and recruited.
- How Steven has refined Ted Patrick’s invasive cult deprogramming tactics of the ’70s into a more effective strategic interactive approach.
- And much more…
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The Branch Davidians. The Manson Family. The People’s Temple. Boko Haram. ISIS. Al-Qaeda. Heaven’s Gate. NXIVM. Scientology. The Unification Church. The Children of God. The Rajneesh Movement. What do these organizations have in common? They’re all destructive cults that have employed mind control, brainwashing, parental alienation, estrangement, unethical hypnosis, abusive relationships, human trafficking, multi-level marketing, violent extremism, and other forms of undue influence to recruit, subvert, and dominate their members.
On this episode we talk to Steven Hassan, a licensed mental health counselor who has been helping people exit destructive cults since 1976 — following his own departure from Sun Myung Moon’s infamous Unification Church. As a former insider, he understands how these cults captivate even society’s smartest and most resilient using some of the oldest psychological tricks in the book — and he’ll help us protect ourselves and others from their pervasive reach. Steven is the author of Combating Cult Mind Control: The Guide to Protection, Rescue, and Recovery from Destructive Cults and founder of the Freedom of Mind Resource Center. Listen, learn, and enjoy! This is part one of a two-part episode. Check out part two here!
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Resources from This Episode:
- Combating Cult Mind Control: The Guide to Protection, Rescue, and Recovery from Destructive Cults by Steven Hassan
- The Cult of Trump: A Leading Cult Expert Explains How the President Uses Mind Control by Steven Hassan
- Freedom of Mind: Helping Loved Ones Leave Controlling People, Cults, and Beliefs by Steven Hassan
- Freedom of Mind Resource Center
- Steven Hassan at Instagram
- Steven Hassan at Facebook
- Steven Hassan at Twitter
- Steven Hassan at YouTube
- Steven Hassan’s BITE Model, Freedom of Mind Resource Center
- What is a Cult? Whiteboard Animation Explaining the BITE Model, Freedom of Mind Resource Center
- Unification Church, Rational Wiki
- Wild Wild Country
- India Would Have Been a Better Place Without Sathya Sai Baba, New Humanist
- The Utterly Bizarre Life of Lyndon LaRouche, Jacobin
- Project MKUltra and the CIA Plot to Defeat the Soviets with Mind Control, ATI
- Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5), American Psychiatric Association
- FAE: The Big Mistake You’re Making about Other People (And How to Overcome It) by Jordan Harbinger
- How Internet Spiritual Guru Teal Swan Targets Desperate People Online, Gizmodo
- Nxivm’s Keith Raniere Convicted in Trial Exposing Sex Cult’s Inner Workings, The New York Times
- John Grinder and Richard Bandler: NLP (Neuro-Linguistic Programming), Management Pocketblog
- Unethical Use of Covert Hypnosis to Rape by Steven Hassan, Freedom of Mind Resource Center
- The Changing Face of War: Into the Fourth Generation by William S. Lind et al.
- Fourth-Generation Warfare, The Atlantic
- Cognitive Dissonance, Simply Psychology
- Former FBI Director James Comey: “Trump Eats Your Soul in Small Bites” Salon
- Adding a Psychological Angle to Comey’s Withering Condemnation of Barr and Other Trump Apologists, Forbes
- Tikkun Olam: Repairing the World, My Jewish Learning
- This Documentarian’s Personal Journey into the Wild, Kidnapping-Filled World of Cult Deprogramming, Refinery29
- Deprogrammed (Documentary)
- What Happens at an Ex Parte Hearing? LegalZoom
- The Evolution from Deprogramming to Exit-Counseling to the Strategic Interactive Approach, Freedom of Mind Resource Center
- Introduction to the Holocaust, The Holocaust Encyclopedia
- Animal Farm by George Orwell
- 1984 by George Orwell
- How Betsy DeVos Used God and Amway to Take Over Michigan Politics, Politico Magazine
- Pyramid Scheme Alert
- Follow the Profit: How Mormon Culture Made Utah a Hotbed for Multi-Level Marketers, KUTV
- Betting on Zero
- Multi-Level Marketing Groups Defraud Consumers! by Steven Hassan, Freedom of Mind Resource Center
- 33 Photos Of Life Inside The Creepy Confines Of Warren Jeffs’ Fundamentalist Mormon Cult, ATI
- The Journey Out: Women Who Escaped a Polygamist Mormon Cult Share Their Story, Vice
- Releasing the Bonds: Empowering People to Think for Themselves by Steven Hassan, Exmormon Foundation
- Lying For The Lord: Deception as a Management Tool of the LDS Church by Ken Clark, Exmormon Foundation
- The BITE Model and Mormonism: An Exploration with Ex-Mormon John Dehlin, Freedom of Mind Resource Center
- Tony Robbins Apologizes for Saying Women Use #MeToo to Gain ‘Significance’ The New York Times
- Moon’s Church Founded by Korean CIA Chief as Political Tool, Panel Says, Washington Star
- Moon Sect Support of Nixon Detailed, The Washington Post
- A Hope in the Seen: Leo Ryan’s Victory at Jonestown Resounds Today, Alternative Considerations of Jonestown & Peoples Temple, SDSU
- The Bush-Kim-Moon Triangle of Money, Consortium News
- Koreagate: Bringing Forth a Mouse, But an Honest One, The Washington Post
- Suppressed CBS News 60 Minutes on Landmark Cult Leader Werner Erhard, WikiLeaks
- The Return of Werner Erhard, Father of Self-Help, The New York Times
- The TRs, The Secrets of Scientology