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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Personal Experiences

Subject

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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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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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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Susan Gaskin: Celebrating Christmas after leaving the Jehovah’s Witnesses

Personal Experiences

Cults / Sects

Susan Gaskin, herself a former Jehovah’s Witness, now runs an informative and inspiring YouTube channel where she discusses the many shortcomings and misdeeds of the Watchtower Society. In this most recent video, the elegant and witty Ms. Gaskin discusses the Jehovah’s Witness ban on celebrating such “pagan” festivals as Christmas,…

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Gaslighting in the Watchtower Society

Personal Experiences

Cults / Sects Domestic Violence

After 1975, when Armageddon had not arrived as the Watchtower had predicted, we Jehovah’s Witnesses were told from the platform and in publications that it was only some of us who thought the end would come specifically that year. They told us that the Society had never published or said…

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Once Bitten, Twice Bitten

Personal Experiences

Scams / Fraud

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A Small Taste of Hell in November

Personal Experiences

Cults / Sects

Author’s note: I only wish this was a work of fiction. However, names have been changed, places obscured, and memories blurred over nearly two decades of recovery.

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Recovering a Sense of Purpose

Personal Experiences

Cults / Sects

Totalist relationships depend upon restriction: someone else decides what you can do, what you can think, what you can eat, what you can wear and how you must behave.

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Surviving and Thriving

Personal Experiences

Cults / Sects Domestic Violence

Cults and abusive partners issue dire warnings of abject and utter failure if a member or partner wants to leave. So it is a good idea to show just how successful many people have been after escaping the perils of manipulation and undue influence.

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