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Better Words: Guilt and Shame - Expanded Version

Explaining Undue Influence

Cults / Sects Domestic Violence Totalist / Totalitarianism Abuse / Child Abuse Bullying

Many therapists make a useful distinction between guilt and shame. Guilt activates the healthy conscience, so the guilty person wants to make amends for any harm done. Healthy guilt is most often short-lived and positive. Shame, on the other hand, is a persistent state of mind. Unlike guilt, shame is…

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What To Say When Someone You Love Is In a Coercive Situation

Advice & Guidance

Cults / Sects Domestic Violence Totalist / Totalitarianism Abuse / Child Abuse

As humans, we’re joiners. Your average human is a member of several groups –groups of friends, social clubs, political parties, worship groups, workplace groups and more. Only a tiny fraction of those groups are actually high-control, coercive or totalist groups .

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Interview with Lady Cee - Spousal Abuse in a Cult

Personal Experiences

Cults / Sects Domestic Violence Abuse / Child Abuse

It is well-established that the undue influence experienced within domestic abuse and high-control groups has much in common - one can easily term an abusive relationship as a two-person cult, and the leadership of a destructive group will act exactly like an abusive partner. 

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What Toxic Groups and Relationships Have in Common

Explaining Undue Influence

Cults / Sects Domestic Violence Radicalisation Totalist / Totalitarianism Abuse / Child Abuse

 

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A Perfect Storm of Undue Influence

Opinions

Cults / Sects Domestic Violence Automatic Authority Abuse / Child Abuse Parental / Familial Alienation

Imagine that there is a group telling its members that the Devil is in charge of our world. That this group teaches they are God’s only organization. Every other group, every other religion and every government, is run by the Devil.

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An Agenda for Truth - Spotlight

Opinions

Cults / Sects Abuse / Child Abuse

“They have an agenda,” is the phrase that sticks with me most after watching Spotlight. This thought-provoking movie portrays the story of the groundbreaking investigative journalism team that broke the Catholic Sexual Abuse scandal wide open. It shows that entrenched city officials, and pillars of the community, thwarted the investigation…

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The Way to Unhappiness - seduction into toxic groups and relationships, part II - an excerpt from Opening Minds

Explaining Undue Influence

Cults / Sects Extremism - religious or political Domestic Violence Radicalisation Scams / Fraud Totalist / Totalitarianism Abuse / Child Abuse

 

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The Way to Unhappiness - seduction into toxic groups and relationships, part I - an excerpt from Opening Minds

Explaining Undue Influence

Cults / Sects Extremism - religious or political Domestic Violence Radicalisation Terrorism Scams / Fraud Totalist / Totalitarianism Abuse / Child Abuse

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Unique Perspectives on Healing from a Psychotherapist’s Library

Advice & Guidance

Cults / Sects Extremism - religious or political Domestic Violence Totalist / Totalitarianism Abuse / Child Abuse

Just Out of a High-Control Group? Here Are Some Reading Suggestions to Help You Heal and Rebuild Your Life. So … you have just left a high-control group. Perhaps you are now being ostracized by friends and family still in the group, and are therefore, feeling quite lost and alone.…

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