- Hardcover: 240 pages
- Publisher: Park Street Press (7 Dec. 1989)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0892812435
- ISBN-13: 978-0892812431
- Product Dimensions: 16 x 2.3 x 24 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,331,746 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Combating Cult Mind Control Hardcover – 7 Dec 1989
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"Sound practical advice about cult-related issues." (American Journal of Psychiatry)
". . . well worth reading, particularly by those professionals involved with students." (The Lancet (Journal of the British Medical Association))
". . . a clear and valuable work." (Rabbi Harold S. Kushner, Author, When Bad Things Happen to Good People)
". . . remarkably useful and important." (Louis Jolyon West, M.D., Chairman, Dept.of Psychiatry, UCLA School of Medicine)
"Steve Hassan is uniquely qualified to speak on dangerous cults." (USA Today) --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
About the Author
An internationally recognized authority on cults, Steven Hassan has appeared on hundreds of television and radio programs, and is extensively quoted in the media. He lectures frequently at universities and conferences for educators, counselors, religious leaders, and law enforcement personnel. He is a member of the American Association for Counseling and Development, and holds a master's degree in counseling psychology from Cambridge College. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
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Top Customer Reviews
The chapters that discuss the four components of mind control were particularly informative. These components are: Behavior Control, Thought Control, Emotional Control and Information Control.
There is also information on what to do and what NOT to do should you suspect that a loved one has fallen victim to a cult. There is advice on how you can help the individual and what you should avoid doing lest you drive him/her further into the clutches of the cult. I STRONGLY RECOMMEND READING THIS BOOK BEFORE ATTEMPTING TO TALK TO A LOVED ONE WHO YOU FEEL MAY BE INVOLVED WITH A CULT. It gives just the right information as even one wrong word or action can cause the person you're trying to help to become more deeply involved with the cult.
I would recommend this book to everyone as the information it contains is beneficial whether you're questioning the validity of a group/individual/organisation or just interested in this subject. Cults often 'catch' intelligent, kind, friendly, socially responsible people. How they manage to do this is facinating and frightening.
Also, if you know how mind control cults operate, you stand a better chance of seeing them for what they are and not getting 'caught' in the first place!
As a former member of the the Unification Church (a.k.a. "Moonies") and a psychologist (he obtained his degree after exiting the Moonies), Hassan offers a unique perspective and insight into the cult movement.
Although peppered with examples and anecdotes from the Moonies, Hassan is careful to keep the analysis general enough to apply to many other "questionable" groups and organizations.
When is a cult not a cult? Does a group have to be "religious" to be a cult, or could a "non-religious" cult exist? Hassan answers these questions and more, and clearly defines the difference between unusual beliefs (which do not necessarily identify a group as a cult) and dangerous & destructive social factors (which, independent of the beleifs, make a group a cult, according to Hassan's definition).
Strongly recommended for anyone who has friends or family in an "unusual" group; this book will help you to either dismiss your fears of cult involvement, or give you the advice you need to deal with this difficult situation.
Even more strongly recommended for anyone who feels they are an a group that has been "mislabelled" by society as a cult. This book will either help you to understand what defines a cult (so you can defend yourself against criticism) or else give you an interesting perspective on how others view your organization.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Arrived earlier that expected, decent condition. Seems like a good read, can't wait to get stuck in!Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
Great book! Describes different types of cult mind control highly recommend!Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
I thought this book was going to be concise reading about cults but it is book about a religious Jewish persons experience turning from one god cult belief to another called the... Read morePublished 6 months ago by EL
A fairly in depth study of the subject. But also it is also an easy read. Even for someone with my reading ability.Published on 21 Sept. 2013 by Biker one
I love this book it made my thing about religan in a new way and give me tolls to wache out for cultsPublished on 1 April 2013 by Sunny Jodeci
Still there is not a better book around on destructive groups! There are plenty of examples and the main points are covered very well. I could not put the book down!Published on 13 Jan. 2012 by TheSkyEye
This book is an analysis of cult mind control from a psychological point of view.
It is quite intersting to read, especially the explanation of what mind control is and how it... Read more
Steven Hassan's book is vital to anyone wanting to understand cults. I can't emphasise this enough. Get it, read it.Published on 15 Feb. 2011 by Pete Griffiths
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