Welcome to the Open Minds blog, where we're sharing news and views on the latest and greatest in the fight against undue influence and coercive control. Written by our team of experts, each post has been given relevant categories and tags for you to select, so feel free to scroll through them all, or browse by the subjects you find most interesting.

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Seven Reasons You’ll Never Become Involved in a High-Control Group

Opinions

Cults / Sects Extremism - religious or political

This is a direct response to every person I’ve heard say: “Oh, if they’re in [name of abusive cult], they deserve what they’re getting. But, I would never be so stupid.”

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The Basics - Lifton's Eight Criteria of Thought Reform

Explaining Undue Influence

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

Robert Jay Lifton (b. 1926) developed these criteria to identify the actions of coercive groups using manipulative techniques in order to gain total control over their members. First presented in chapter 22 of his seminal work, Thought Reform and the Psychology of Totalism, this list can be used to measure…

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The Top 11 Myths Used to Justify High Control Groups

Explaining Undue Influence

Cults / Sects Extremism - religious or political

People use many justifications to explain why a group is not a cult. Most are ingrained misconceptions about the term ‘cult’. If we learn to recognize these myths, we can stop public excuses for abusive groups, and strip away the groups’ own camouflage. It is just as important for us…

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Advice & Guidance

Cults / Sects Extremism - religious or political

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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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Who's Controlling Your Mind? Interview with Lady Cee of Ex-JW Critical Thinker

Explaining Undue Influence

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

I was honored to be interviewed with Lady Cee of The Ex-JWCritical Thinker channel on YouTube. In this first part of our three-part interview, we discuss the basics of thought control, what makes a destructive group destructive, and just how vulnerable we are to coercion -and how to spot the…

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Top Ten Things You Need to Recover from a Coercive Group or Relationship

Advice & Guidance

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

Recovery from an abusive relationship or group is more complex than just getting out; here is a list of ten things you'll need to go from surviving to thriving.

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