Releasing the Bonds: Empowering People to Think for Themselves

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Freedom of Mind Press, 2000 - Psychology - 389 pages
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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 of mind control. The Strategic Interaction Approach teaches family and friends how to strategically influence the individual involved, laying out practical methods for recognizing the signs of a destructive relationship, undoing residual effects of past cult experiences, refuting fallacies about these groups, and becoming active in opposing them.

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An internationally recognized authority on cults, Steven Hassan has appeared on hundreds of television and radio programs, and is extensively quoted in the media. He lectures frequently at universities and conferences for educators, counselors, religious leaders, and law enforcement personnel. He is a member of the American Association for Counseling and Development, and holds a master's degree in counseling psychology from Cambridge College.

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