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  • Paperback: 268 pages
  • Publisher: Freedom of Mind Press (June 14, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0967068819
  • ISBN-13: 978-0967068817
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #235,207 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This is the third book that is written by Steven Hassan and I have been fortunate enough to read them all.
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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.
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I want to thank Steve Hassan for having the guts to expose the ever present destructiveness of mind control.
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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful By jon atack on July 11, 2012
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Three decades ago, Steve was the most significant innovator of exit-counseling. His first book was the best general introduction to the subject, but rather than resting on his laurels, he continued to expand his thinking, to our great benefit. This book represents an even better approach to indoctrination and exploitative persuasion. Steve is one of a handful of true experts on the terrible problems posed by destructive groups. It has been my good fortune to know him these many years and I can attest that his integrity and courage are unswerving, despite the extreme pressures of such work. Anyone who has been involved should put aside the prejudices instilled by their group and read this book. For that matter, as every life is now touched by fanaticism, everyone should read and discuss the compelling ideas that Steve puts forward here.
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22 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Carol E. Smaldino on August 11, 2012
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When I picked up/ordered Freedom of Mind from Amazon in July of this year, I did so after having met a woman who had been in a cult for years when seeing a book by Steve Hassan in a bookstore window became the catalyst for her exit to a free existence. She spoke highly of Hassan and his other books, and told me he had a new book, Freedom of Mind.
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.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By msalans on June 21, 2013
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Freedom of Mind by Steve Hassan

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.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Laurence I. Sugarman on August 5, 2013
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Steven Hassan's writings and life work fill a critical need in our health and our lives. Health care professionals have long ignored the essential role that social psychology and influence play in our efforts to be healing. Beyond the skills of therapeutic persuasion in our own clinical effectiveness, too many sources of undue influence pervade our culture to ignore its significance in health and illness. Our work must include investing in the resiliency of those for whom we care by teaching them to test their realities, to value their intuitions, to know their own minds. This is Hassan's mission. He succeeds largely because of his intelligence, passion and dedication. Those are contagious characteristics and just cause for due influence.

Laurence I. Sugarman, M.D. F.A.A.P., A.B.M.H., Director and Research Professor, Center for Applied Psychophysiology and Self-regulation, Institute of Health Sciences and Technology, Rochester Institute of Technology; Past-President, American Board of Medical Hypnosis. Co-author, Therapeutic Hypnosis with Children and Adolescents, second edition.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Vikki Ford on June 30, 2013
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Americans need to know that cults are amongst our nation. This book helps those who are in a cult, or have left, or simply know someone in a cult, how to deal with the situation. Bravo Mr. Hassan for writing this.
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