International events, conferences and talks on undue influence, or specific examples of undue influence...
The following events are ones that we believe our contacts may find useful; you may well find a member of Open Minds Foundation. Some of the events have already happened, however we have kept them on the list in case you are interested in the content shared, and/or would like to keep abreast of important and relevant events for next year.
Events / conferences / talks:
Leaving and Recovering from Cultic Groups and Relationships: A Workshop for Families and Former Members - Saturday 15 October - Sunday 16 October at http://
The International Cultic Studies Association is hosting its annual conference in partnership with InfoSecte of Montreal - Dallas, Texas, USA 30 June - 2 July at http://www.icsahome.com/events/conferencesantafe
Surviving and Moving On After a High-Demand Group Experience: A Workshop for Second-Generation Former Members - Chester, CT, USA 15 - 17 April at http://www.icsahome.com/events/workshopsgas
Freedom Network's 14th Annual Conference of Human Trafficking - Chicago, IL, USA, 4 - 5 April at http://freedomnetworkusa.org/news-events/annual-conference/
13th Annual Human Trafficking and Social Justice Conference - Toledo, OH, USA, 22 - 23 September at http://www.traffickingconference.com
11-Week Class taught by Alex Stein: The Social Psychology of Cults and Totalitarianism. Starts January 13 in Central London and is open to the public. http://www.marywardcentre.ac.uk/course/the-social-psychology-of-cults-and-totalitarianism/
I detest what you say; I will defend to the death your right to say it. - Voltaire
Book Review: Steven Hassan’s Combating Cult Mind Control, updated 2015 edition
20 February 2017
Books / Resource Reviews
Cults / Sects
Seven Relationship Games All Women Should Stop Playing Right Now
15 February 2017
Bullying General Influence
Back in my graduate school days, I was discussing Valentine’s Day plans with a female acquaintance, when she quite cheerfully informed me that what she and her boyfriend would be doing would depend on whether or not she was going to dump him. Upon further questioning, it turned out that…
It's Time for MORE Celebrities to Speak Out!
13 February 2017
Cults / Sects
I’ve just finished watching Steve Hassan’s interview with Hoyt Richards. Hoyt is a famous model with a long career in TV and movies, co-writing such hits as the comedy Dumbbells, which alludes to cult involvement. As with many authors, he is writing about a subject he knows well; for years…
Science Vs. Religion
10 February 2017
‘Science without religion is lame. Religion without science is blind.’ ~ Albert Einstein
Seven Reasons You’ll Never Become Involved in a High-Control Group
8 February 2017
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.”
A Perfect Storm of Undue Influence
18 January 2017
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.