Cults In Our Midst

Cults In Our Midst

Clinical psychologist Margaret Thaler Singer, emeritus professor at Berkeley, and former cult member Janja Lalich (author of Bounded Choice) here present an instructive report on the cult phenomenon, which they regard as a growing menace around the world. They define cults as organizations that feature “coordinated programs of coercive influence and behavioral control,” many religiously or politically oriented and increasingly centered on New Age self-improvement techniques that they claim are now being peddled to businesses. They enumerate the dangers of cults to the individual, particularly the attack on the sense of self; they analyze the leaders’ techniques (almost all these groups are authoritarian), including isolation from family and friends, trance induction, guided imagery and indirect suggestion; they offer practical advice on methods of helping survivors to escape and recover. Includes an appendix of resources and organizations for those seeking help.

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Dr. Janja Lalich

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Dr. Janja Lalich

Janja Lalich, Ph.D. is a researcher, author, and educator specializing in cults and extremist groups, with a particular focus on charismatic relationships, political and other social movements, ideology and social control, and issues of gender and sexuality.