How to Recognize & Resist Coercive Manipulation 2017-06-01T02:14:10+00:00

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What is Manipulation?

Manipulation happens when someone controls your perception of reality and makes your decisions for you. Here we explain the techniques used by predators to entrap us.

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Healthy Skepticism

We are surrounded by predators who want to control our thoughts and actions. Here we show you how to resist them.

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Healthy Skepticism

We are surrounded by predators who want to control our thoughts and actions. Here we show you how to resist them.

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Journey to Recovery

It can take a while to recover from manipulation. Here we show you how to recover more quickly and less stressfully.

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Surviving & Thriving

Hoyt Richards was a member of Eternal Values for 17 years. He was told that if he left the group his life would become a complete disaster. Further,  he wouldn’t live long, because of his “betrayal” and he would reap the unfathomable penalty for having left God’s work. He left 18 years ago and has a successful career as an award-winning film-maker, writer and actor.

Hoyt Richards, Eternal Values Survivor & Thriver

In 1978, Masoud Banisadr, PhD, was recruited by MeK, a radical Islamic-Marxist cult. He was forced to leave his children, divorce his wife and become celibate. He left in 1996, risking his life, as MeK is a violent group. Masoud has written two books about his experience and worked for two decades demonstrating the similarities between Islamist terrorist groups and other controlling cults.

Masoud Banisadr, PhD, Escaped MeK, a radical Islamic-Marxist cult

Frances Peters was born and raised as a Jehovah’s Witness and baptized at age 15. She was 45 when she left. She was told she would be “in the hands of the Devil” if she left and shunned by every JW, including family members, and condemned to a dark, meaningless life. She left 13 years ago and has a successful career as a counselor and lives a very meaningful life!

Frances Peters, Shunned by every Jehovah’s Witness
Yves Messer - Advisory Board Member - Author - Cambridge, England

Yves Messer spent 11 years in Lyndon LaRouche’s right-wing political cult. Followers are warned they will be brainwashed and become immoral and degenerate if they leave. Yves and his partner left 12 years ago. They rebuilt their lives from scratch and successfully created a home despite the threats of the group. Yves now enjoys a successful career as a portrait painter.

Yves Messer, 11 years in Lyndon LaRouche’s right-wing political cult

Faces of Manipulation

The Open Minds Team