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Releasing the Bonds: Empowering People to Think for Themselves

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The number of destructive mind control groups is growing, with estimates as high as 5,000 in the U.S. alone. Steven Hassan, himself a former member of the Unification Church, addresses the problem in Releasing the Bonds. Based on insider knowledge, years of scientific study, and the author's frequent workshops, the book offers a noncoercive, legal model for helping victims ...more
Hardcover, 416 pages
Published May 1st 2000 by Aitan Publishing Company
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Lou
Sep 05, 2007 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Everyone
If you were ever in a cult, you'll recognize the causes of your problems, both when you were in the cult and now that you're out of it.

If you were not ever in a cult, this book may change your mind.

If you REALLY were not ever in a cult, this book will give you a clear understanding of what a cult member is enduring and more importantly, why it is so damn difficult to help them or even understand them.

I highly recommend it.

--Wag--
Sara Mccandless
Nov 20, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This is a huge help! An in-depth description of what Behaviors can be in bonds to another person or group. How love and respect also plays a great role in helping with one cope with such pressures from their leader. It gave examples and descriptions of what one may encounter. What makes mind control wrong by causing harm to self and others. What ways to look at and examine the causes and effects, thus releasing the bonds and helping one think for themselves in a healthy ethical way.
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More information on how pyramid schemes and cults deceive, cheat, and abuse gullible people.
Cher
Jul 24, 2008 rated it it was ok
People in cults need help to get out because they've been brainwashed. 350 pages of this statement repeated over and over again. This book was recommended to me by a friend who wanted me to examine the way Jehovah's Witnesses isolate their followers from society. I don't recall that particular religion being discussed. In fact, what this book lacks is 1) a serious history of various organizations that isolate and become cultlike in their nature & 2) a specific plan for how to "rescue" or dea ...more
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Excellent, though probably only REALLY relevant to a small number of people. But for those people, extremely valuable.
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Licensed mental health counselor and an exit counselor. Hassan was an early advocate of exit counseling, and is the author of two books on the subject of "cults", and what he describes as their use of mind control, thought reform, and the psychology of influence in order to recruit and retain members.

Himself a former member of the Unification Church, after spending one year assisting with involunt
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