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Freedom of Mind: Helping Loved Ones Leave Controlling People, Cults, and Beliefs Paperback – June 14, 2012
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I approached the book as a psychotherapist and as anyone fascinated by mind control, perhaps so frequently discussed in terms of celebrities--more recently related to Scientology in particular.
Two things are special in this highly accessible book, in that they stood out for me.
One is that there is incredible empathy for cult members and their loved ones. Hassan is clear and careful to mention that even members of cults can have authentic parts of their personalities wrapped up in their cult identity--something which makes it a terrible mistake to express only hate or disdain for the cult. An attachment to a cult is deep and needs to be handled collaboratively. As such both the suggestions and the tone in the book can indeed be of incredible help to people trying to help people in a cult or even an addiction to a destructive codependency or religious sect that allows no freedom of thought.
Secondly and surprisingly, I found the book relevant to my own life as a therapist and also as a parent. The book evoked stong recognition of some of the more subtle elements in the parts of separation from our kids that can be tough, especially when we realize how critical some of us can be of our kids' choices--even when we thought it would never happen to "us", Not to be too personal, let me just say I found it helpful in unexpected ways.Read more ›
I have had the privilege of working with Steve, both as a consultant for my mother when she was involved in a one-person cult with her manipulative psychotherapist, and again to help someone debrief from a cult I was once involved with.
When I read Freedom of Mind, I felt Steve's life-long work cascade through the pages. This book is filled with deep wisdom - not the lecturing kind - but the kind that comes from well-worn experience emanating from the heart and soul.
This is a highly detailed, how-to book, complete with explicit methods, tools, and exercises guiding one to help a loved one leave a cult.
Steve writes like he works - with intelligence, knowledge and compassion. This book is for those who work with others - psychotherapists, psychologists, MD's DMD's, lawyers, massage therapists, nutritionists, victim advocates, personal trainers, - because, unfortunately, mind control is so common - and any lay person who feels their own sense of self fading due to another person's/groups influence.
Molly Salans, LICSW.LMFT author of Storytelling with Children in Crisis, and soon to be published,
A Break in the Fog.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
If you have a family member whose life is being damaged by a destructive cult - read this book! It will give you understanding of what's happening, help you to maintain a... Read morePublished 10 days ago by Georgia Dj.
I cannot say enough for Steve Hassan and the work he has done for those of us who were raised in cults, including he himself. Read morePublished 2 months ago by littlegirlietaylor
Freedom of Mind is a must for families who have loved ones trapped in a cult, as well as educators, therapists and former members. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Ros Hodgkins
Fantastic ground breaking study of the science surrounding cults techniques in luring members and humane strategies in exiting this web of deceit. Everyone should read this book!Published 17 months ago by David Cooperson MSW,MA,LCSW