Shared from Bill Pricket on Facebook.
Cults come in a variety of expressions, though they have commonalities. Our guest for this episode of the Recovering from Religion podcast is an expert on this subject, as well as a former cult member herself.
Dr. Janja Lalich 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. She was a Fulbright scholar and is Professor Emerita of Sociology at California State University, Chico, and the founder and former director of the Center for Research on Influence and Control. Her books are considered essential to understand the attraction of these groups. She presents four ways to not only explain the power of cults, but also the control they have over their followers. Her latest book, “Escaping Utopia,” is one of the most extensive examinations of those who’ve left cults.
Janja consults with education, mental health, business and legal professionals, and is a regular spokesperson for the media.
Tim Rymel and I talk about ongoing #NXIVM trial, and how Janja’s research helps to understand this kind of group.