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:
- What is the difference between a religion and a cult?
- The set of tools cults use to recruit new members into the fold.
- The psychological techniques cults use to control their members and enforce cult-mandated behavior.
- Why even society’s most intelligent people fall prey to cults.
- How you can protect yourself and others from becoming victimized by a cult.
- 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 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 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
- 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