Help & Support

The help and support available to a victim of undue or destructive influence will depend on the type of situation they find themselves in, and the degree of help they need.

We can help and advise the best place to go if you contact us for more details, however there are also some immediate places you can go for support:

Propaganda is as powerful as heroin; it surreptitiously dissolves all capacity to think – Gil Courtemance, A Sunday at the Pool in Kigali

Phobia Induction, Desensitisation, and the Fear of Kittens

Explaining Undue Influence

Cults / Sects

Without enough human hearts to gorge on, Huitzilipochtli would leave the sun standing still in the sky and bring down catastrophe upon the whole Aztec empire: the crops would wither and the children would die. Who would risk checking if this dire prediction were true, when priesthood were so very…

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The Thieves Who Robbed Us

Personal Experiences

Cults / Sects

I was raised in a Christian Fundamentalist cult called Jehovah’s Witnesses. For some, this organization may seem harmless and not like a cult at all: that is precisely the image they work so hard to create. That is what compelled me to write this, for my experience – and the…

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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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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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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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Escaping the Culture of Undue Influence by Jehovah’s Witnesses - Part One

Personal Experiences

Cults / Sects Totalist / Totalitarianism

I grew up in the Netherlands, the youngest of four children. My father was Dutch, but my mother was English, and she started to study the Bible in English with the Jehovah’s Witnesses when I was still a baby. She was a stay-at-home mum and glad she had the chance…

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