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Cults Inside Out: How People Get In and Can Get Out Paperback – October 16, 2014
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About the Author
Rick Alan Ross is one of the leading experts on cults in the world today. He has consulted with the FBI, the BATF, and various other law enforcement agencies, as well as the governments of Israel and China, on the topic of cults.
He has been qualified and accepted as an expert court witness in eleven different states, including the US federal court. He has also worked as a professional analyst for CBS News, CBC of Canada, and Nippon and Asahi in Japan.
Ross has appeared in thirteen documentaries and numerous network television interviews and has been interviewed and quoted in media all over the world.
He is the founder of the Cult Education Institute, whose website is one of the largest sources of information regarding cults on the Internet. It was originally founded in 1996, but was recently redeveloped as a more modern database. See www.culteducation.com for more information.
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Rick has taken that knowledge and put it into book form which includes a history of public awareness arising in the 1970s in the United States. It's a good book for research and for anyone who needs assistance.
If you have loved ones or close friends involved in cult activities, you must know this is something bad to the society. Thank to Mr. Ross for such a well written book.
Destructive cults are perhaps more plentiful relative to the population in the U.S., possibly because they've defined themselves as 'religions' to obtain special protections and tax-exempt status. Mental health professionals have described some of the leaders as psychopaths and/or deeply disturbed individuals. Within a tightly controlled small cult, there is an almost symbiotic relationship between the leader and his followers. Members of small cult groups typically become largely dependent on the leader to determine the parameters of reality. Exit costs in destructive cults range from financial penalties, relational commitments, and cognitive and emotional dependencies. After the rescue of Elizabeth Smart, Patty Hearst commented that she could easily empathize - 'You come to a point where you believe any lie your abductor has told you.Read more ›
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Great book that is more like a reference tool. It's not really for anyone wanting to just sit down and read. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Anthony J Sullivan
I read the chapters on LGAT and Landmark Education to help me decide whether or not to take their training. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Tom
Cults Inside Out by Rick Ross is one of the most insightful and thorough books on the subject of destructive mind control groups like Jim Jones' People's Temple and Scientology. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Robert Hammond
Really disliked this book and couldn't finish it. I felt sorry for anyone who has a faith that is 'outside the box'. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Avery Rand
Rick Ross is a self-serving manipulator. He acts as if he's trying to help people out while foisting his own brand of control. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Jenna
After reading a lot of thoughtful, in-depth, scholarly works about new religious movements lately, it came as something of a shock to read something that was just one-sided hate... Read morePublished 8 months ago by Willem Vinders
I don't recommend this or much of anything about Ross anymore. After having a look inside it seems boring and repetitive. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Ginger V.
Awesome book! I finished it in less than a day because once I started reading it I couldn't put it down. I wrote the author asking him for advice and he even wrote me back! Read morePublished 8 months ago by Robert Randall Jackson