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Recovery from Cults: Help for Victims of Psychological and Spiritual Abuse

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Michael Langone and his colleagues provide practical guidelines for helping former cult members manage the problems they encounter when leaving cults.
Paperback, 432 pages
Published June 17th 1995 by W. W. Norton & Company (first published January 1st 1993)
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Luna Lindsey
Sep 03, 2010 Luna Lindsey rated it it was amazing
Shelves: cults
One of the better books about cults, as told from the secular perspective (as opposed to the dogmatic perspective). This is a collection of essays and papers from some of the top researchers in the field, many of them ex-cult members themselves. I have referenced this book again and again when writing presentations, websites, and blog posts on the topic.

I especially enjoyed the story of the woman who infiltrated a Moonies recruitment camp. Even though she understood the mechanisms of coercive pe
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Colin
Jan 20, 2008 Colin rated it it was amazing
This book is a collection of several writers, edited by cult expert Michael Langone. It accomplishes a lot -- some chapters are written by survivors, some to survivors, others to those who are in helping professions. Plenty of advice, perspective, experience, and even historical background for the entire mission of cult recovery. The subtitle is important, because an unhealthy church, human-potential group, or ideological movement can create psychological and spiritual harm.
Ken Garrett
Aug 27, 2015 Ken Garrett rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is a compilation of essays, articles, papers, etc., by religious, secular, and medical/psychiatric experts in the field of cults-abusive groups. Eastern religious cults, self-improvement/counseling cults, political cults, and religious/Christian cults are covered from many angles.

Pros: The consistency of methods and processes of mind-alteration/control found in all abusive groups and cults is remarkable and enlightening. The reader who completes this book will have a very clear idea of
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Megan
Aug 13, 2009 Megan rated it really liked it
Here I sit, stunned at how this book has shown me my childhood. It only mentions by name a few different groups that are considered a cult (for demonstration purposes) but if it hadn't specifically mentioned one group, I would have thought it was a story about my childhood religion. Uggh....I felt physically ill as I read this book because I could identify so completely with it.
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