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You've seen them in movies and on TV, but cults are more prevalent than you think—and they're armed with strategies that can brainwash and persuade even the most unlikely of candidates.

But how do individuals get involved with cults in the first place, and what steps can be taken to "deprogram" and heal those who have been drawn into these damaging groups?

These questions an
Kindle Edition, 584 pages
Published October 28th 2014 (first published October 16th 2014)
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Christie Sinicki (Brennan)
Jan 03, 2020 rated it really liked it
Although we hear the word cult and think Charles Manson or religious extremists, what I liked about this book was that it pointed to the fact that the same ideology influencing extremist cults is also present to some extent in our everyday world.

A cult is any group that uses undue influence to motivate members. Look up undue influence if you aren’t familiar with the term — it’s worth understanding and learning how to recognize it. It is commonly employed by people on social media seeking to gai
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Apr 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Academic but accessible book, elucidates on the universal characteristics of cults

Ross is an expert in cults, he has worked personally with 1000s of cults from small to large and it was very helpful for me, to have the core characteristics of cults identified and clearly explained.

What I learned is that all cults have the same characteristics, whether they are spiritual or political, or even marketing based, they all use similar techniques and have the same core underlying philosophy of trainin
Ava Huang
Apr 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
Cults take advantage of the fact that everyone wants a map to joy: draw it, and people will follow.

Here is the basic roadmap you (Potential Cult Member) are presented with: you have been living all wrong, but I (Cult Leader) have in my hands the solution to all your problems. I am close to God---I am enlightened--I am chosen, weighed down by the burden of my specialness, and you should kneel before me. I love you, exactly as you are, more than any family member or partner has ever loved you (bu
Mar 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book is extremely informative and very fair and balanced. I highly suggest jumping around and reading sections that grab you first, if you find it hard going in the beginning. This worked really well for me and I ended up going back and reading the beginning once I got the groundwork in other sections. I think depending on who you are and why you're reading it, you'll want to choose where you start reading, to pull you in. The book covers a Huge number of past and present cults across the U ...more
Michelle Estella Usher
May 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Why do some people join cults? Why do some people start cults? It's always been very intriguing to me and this book helps to explain those and other questions that we as lay people may have concerning cults.
It also tackles deprogramming, helping people that have been brainwashed but now it's more called cult interventions instead of the programming. this book was fascinating and did not disappoint in any way It is very long but you can't sum up how to unhook yourself or how to unhook loved ones
Apr 30, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is an interesting book for those interested in how cults work and a fantastic book for those that struggle with close ones who have fallen into the cult mentality. It's approachable without being simplistic, it's poignant without blaming, and it's through.

If I have an issue with the book it is that it falls into the trappings of ableism when it describes almost all cult leaders as having some mental problem, furthering the mental stigmatization a lot of people have developed to those of us
Becky Brooks
Jul 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The ultimate book on cults. I have read a lot of books about specific cults. This is the book that gives an overview of what makes a cult destructive, types of cults (e.g. political, religious, yoga, etc). He sets forth the criteria for a book to be deemed a destructive cult. So interesting. The stories here are varied and heartbreaking. Must read for cult-watchers!
Tawana Blount
Nov 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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Christine Geisel
Apr 21, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Very in depth and technical. Lots of information and things to ponder when it comes to cult behavior and what role you may or may not want to play in helping someone leave a destructive cult. Destructive cults are all around us. This is an eye-opener for sure.
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DNF. I’m getting bored of this topic.
May 05, 2020 rated it liked it
Very informative, not particularly well written. It read like a textbook and was rather repetitive in several parts. It gives a good overview of what makes a destructive (religious or not) group, what techniques are used to brainwash smart people into submission and includes a lot of examples. I liked that the author included MLM companies and abusive relationships in the mix. Extremely useful if you're about to try deprogramming a family member. ...more
Jan 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This book will save anyone who suffers from cultic mischievous behaviors. Having said that it is rare to find someone who is a cult member and yet wants to read this book with an unbiased mindset. The author, Mr. Ross starts with his background and how he got involved in saving cult members while later in the book, he shares his interventions and deprogramming programs with pros and cons on how to help yourself or your loved ones.
While this book is a must have for those already involved with cul
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Rick Alan Ross is the founder and Executive Director of The Cult Education Institute. He is an internationally known expert regarding destructive cults, controversial groups and movements and author of the book Cults Inside Out: How People Get In and Can Get Out. Since 1982 he has been studying, researching, and responding to the problems often posed by controversial authoritarian groups and movem ...more

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