on 20 April 2012
A very informative, practical and reasonably priced volume on the `shadowy world of cults'.
What's best about this booklet is that it really helps you clarify the differences between a `cult' and say, a `new religion'.
A nice book as a primer to the subject matter. For those looking for more indepth coverage go elsewhere. This is meant to be a practical, esay to access guides.
So, downsides may be lack of depth in some areas. Good points are the price & format.
on 23 March 2011
This is an essential read for anyone who either suspects a loved on is involved with a cult or who wishes to help them leave. The booklet is concise, user frienly and offers excellent advice on how to recognise cults, the differences between cults and religions and approved therapy and the mind control techniques cults use to entice unaware victims. It also provides great guidance on how to support members to leave and provide support in the following years whilst they overcome the impact the cult has had on their life. The most amazing section is a fictional diary that describes how an innocent victim can be drawn in and how in doing so they will be manipulated and their opinions on life, friendships and family will be changed not for their benefit, but for the benefit of the cult leadership.
Overall the booklet is extremely well thought out and I can't recommend it enough. As a previous reviewer describes, most people are unaware that notall cults are religious and encourage members to leave their homes to join. There are equally as many "therapy cults" that draw victims in and use them for their own benefit. It wasn't until I read this that I realised these cults existed and the devastating damage they can do.
on 21 February 2003
My biggest surprise when I started investigating cults was to discover that not all cults are relgious! There are many organisations that use 'cult techniques' for grabbing and holding onto people that exist as organisations offering to improve your psychology, your wealth, or even your business performance.
Ian Haworth, who I understand is one of the UKs experts in cults, presents clearly and concisely how cults operate and the real damage they do to people and their families.
I would recommend that every teacher, parent and personnel department buy and read this booklet in order to arm themselves against the insidious influence of these shadowy groups.
An excellent buy and read...
on 3 March 2003
A must have! Short, concise and comprehensive - It's like a First Aid kit for the mind!
I think it's just what the cults have been dreading!
Its appearence and circulation will go such a long way towards helping to cult-proof people.
It needs to be everywhere!
I especially appreciated the Story/Diary and thought it a great way of showing just how easy and subtle the means of recruitment can be.
I am not so sure about the one year recovery time, (although it may well be what research has shown) for my own experience and other former members I know, I would say that the recovery time be at least three years, usually more; in fact I wonder if some people actually totally recover at all! Having said that, If there is a booklet which could change that - this would be the one as anyone who reads it and really understands what s/he reads would be well on the road to psychological freedom.
Sincerely, it is an answer to a prayer - It's just brilliant!
on 13 October 2003
I read this with soem expectation but discovered that far from being informative, this book is quite biased to the author's own Christain views. All in all a wasted opportunity which fails to seek out any substance. I can only assume that those who gave this book rave reviews, were in fact friends of the author!