How Normal People End Up in Cults Like NXIVM

Originally published on Radio New Zealand. Listen to Janja Lalich in conversation with Kim Hill. It’s a myth that only “stupid weird crazy people” get tied up with cults, says cult expert Dr. Janja Lalich. Idealism is what these...

The Cult Vault Podcast – Interview

You can find the full interview and other episodes of “The Cult Vault” on Apple Podcasts. In this week’s episode, I was extremely fortunate to sit down and chat with a veteran of the industry and Cult Expert Janja Lalich. Janja has...


Originally published on DAME Magazine. From Pizzagate to Stop the Steal, millions of people have gotten sucked into QAnon, and it’s eroding our sense of reality—and exploding our democracy. In 2017, an anonymous poster named “Q,” claiming...


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.