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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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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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Predators

Explaining Undue Influence

Cults / Sects Domestic Violence Radicalisation Abuse / Child Abuse Bullying

Imagine a world without human predators – a world with honest politicians, police officers and judges working for the benefit of us all. A world where people care for each other, not simply for themselves. About one person in fifty is a predator – someone who hunts and traps the…

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Family Values

Explaining Undue Influence

Cults / Sects Extremism - religious or political Radicalisation Parental / Familial Alienation

Even before they came to power, the Chinese Communists had created a strategy to change the loyalty of the people: they set about transferring the traditional loyalty to the family over to the Communist Party.

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The Basics - Lifton's Eight Criteria of Thought Reform

Explaining Undue Influence

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

 

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Opening Minds: the secret world of manipulation, undue influence and brainwashing

Books / Resource Reviews

Cults / Sects Extremism - religious or political Domestic Violence Radicalisation Scams / Fraud Totalist / Totalitarianism Human Trafficking

When Jon Atack left Scientology in 1983, he little dreamed where his research would lead him. Cult expert Margaret Singer had already noted the similarities between the experiences of ‘brainwashed’ POWs, cult members and victims of domestic abuse - and that the same mechanisms kept the power dynamics in place…

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AN UNDUE INFLUENCE ALLEGORY

Explaining Undue Influence

Cults / Sects Extremism - religious or political Radicalisation

(A not-so-tongue-in-cheek depiction of what life as a clone in a high-control group or cult is really like)

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My Top Ten Recommended Books

Books / Resource Reviews

Cults / Sects Extremism - religious or political Radicalisation Totalist / Totalitarianism General Influence

I have been asked to recommend 10 books which are either directly about cults, or are about subjects related to the phenomenon of cults. After much soul searching, I composed a list of 10 books, and here they are:

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