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Under the Influence: The Destructive Effects of Group Dynamics by [Goldhammer, John D.]

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Everyone belongs to one or more groups, be they unions, religions, political parties, support groups, or any number of others. As members we gain much from these associations, but at what price? In "Under the Influence", Goldhammer probes the relationship between individual members and the collective, providing fresh insights into such destructive characteristics as mind control, propaganda, hypnotic influence, loss of identity, and much more. This exciting work explores innovative ways to harness the creative potential of groups without sacrificing personal autonomy. In our modern, often impersonal culture, we need to better understand our 'urge to merge' and the destructive control that can be exercised when the group becomes more important than its individual members.

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For former members of destructive or cult-like groups.
I'm pleased to be represented on I know you will enjoy Under The Influence.

Everyone belongs to one or more groups, be they unions, religions, political parties, corporations, or self-help groups.

As a former member of a religious cult, I had to find out what had happened to me--how could I spend 15 years in a destructive group? Hence, five years of research into group dynamics resulting in my book, UNDER THE INFLUENCE. In it, I explore the relationship between individuals and the collective, hopefully providing new insight into destructive group dynamics such as mind control, propaganda, the shadow, projection, psychological totalism, creating enemies, hypnotic influence, and loss of identity.

In particular, I look at how we can find meaning and purpose in life outside of collective "shoulds." And, how we can create healthy groups and communities while preserving individual integrity and creativity.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 4124 KB
  • Print Length: 356 pages
  • Publisher: Prometheus Books (1 Jan. 1996)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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