Combatting Cult Mind Control
Steven Hassan was recruited from college into the Unification Church
('the Moonies'). Mr. Hassan was a Moonie for over two years, during
which time he rose from recruit to Unification Church Manhattan NY main
lecturer and Unification Church national headquarters assistant
director. Then Mr. Hassan's family had him 'forcibly deprogrammed'
while he was convalescing from a bad automobile accident. After much
emotional resistance Mr. Hassan's Unification Church belief faltered
and he regained the rational detachment required to view his
Mr. Hassan grew to despise the abusive mind
control techniques he had *experienced and used* as a Unification
Church member and leader -- he now describes the Unification Church as
a 'destructive cult'. Mr. Hassan returned to college to study
psychology, then developed his own 'exit counseling' techniques that
rely on discussion rather than anxiety-creating confrontation to break
a destructive cult's hold upon its members.
powerfully-written text first describes his experience as a destructive
cult's member and leader, then describes his extensive experience as an
exit counselor helping members of many destructive cults. Mr. Hassan
describes how destructive cults attract, recruit, isolate and control
their members, rewarding attitudes and behaviors approved by cult
leaders and punishing attitudes and behaviors not approved by cult
leaders. Cult members' lives revolve around this programmed reward and
punishment, an environment that quickly confuses and forces cult
members into obedience.
"Combatting CULT MIND CONTROL" is
suitable both for social workers getting their first exposure to
destructive cults, and also for concerned family members trying to
understand what their loved one is experiencing as a cult member.
Last Updated ( Sunday, 25 February 2007 )