Our long-term ambition, as an organisation, is to compile a complete directory of resources, therapists, charities, local support groups and other useful contacts, and make them available via a geographical search. In the meantime, while we work on our exhaustive list, there are many useful contacts and organizations that are knowledgeable in the field of undue influence, as follows:
Sweden’s EXIT Fryshuset, http://exit.fryshuset.se/english/, is an organisation that helps people escape from violent, extremist, hate groups that unduly influence their members. They also coach relatives of active Neo-Nazis and educate professionals who come into contact with these individuals.
Arjan van Dijk and Frances Peters started http://www.ontmaskermanipulatie.nl/ in 2014, a Dutch website, to build a network of information, support and professional help for former members of high-control groups, bystanders and authorities in order to educate them about the workings of undue influence, offer different kinds of support for professional coaches and counselors and support groups for former members of high-control groups, provide training and workshops to officials and policymakers, and are working on educational programs for schools. The website also allows visitors to respond anonymously to a 26-question questionnaire to determine if they are being unduly influenced by a group.
Bonnie Zieman, M.Ed. is a psychotherapist who has written four books on how to recover after being subjected to undue influence, abuse and ostracism in high-demand systems. You can check out her books and a two-page guide, which is designed to help a person find a competent therapist, at www.bonniezieman.com.
Misha Verollet, lives in Vienna and is a business consultant as well as a freelance writer and cult expert. He is the author of the book Goodbye, Jehova! which was published under the pseudonym of Misha Anouk.
On his website, CULT101, Misha shares his experiences with cults and extensive research on this subject.
Read the CULT101 blog here.
Read about the 10 interesting, must-see movies about Cults, Fanaticism and Undue Influence here.
Because of propaganda induced cognitive dissonance, most people hate themselves and don't even know it – Bryant McGill
Book Review: Steven Hassan’s Combating Cult Mind Control, updated 2015 edition
20 February 2017
Books / Resource Reviews
Cults / Sects
There Are Heroes Among Us - and You're One!
17 February 2017
Advice & Guidance
Cults / Sects
To have already claimed the right to think for yourself, to question, to deviate, to refuse to be controlled, exploited or manipulated, to refuse to be subjected to any more abuse, to be willing to give up all you have known, to give up home (even family) and strike out…
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.”