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Recovery from Cults: Help for Victims of Psychological and Spiritual Abuse Hardcover – January 1, 1994

ISBN-13: 978-0393701647 ISBN-10: 0393701646 Edition: 1st

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 410 pages
  • Publisher: W W Norton & Co Inc; 1 edition (January 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0393701646
  • ISBN-13: 978-0393701647
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 6 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.9 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,485,274 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Michael Langone lives in southern Florida. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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51 of 54 people found the following review helpful By Phillip Tomas on December 3, 1999
Format: Paperback
This was one of the first books I read after 9 years in a cult, too bad I read it more than a year and a half after I quit (I wish I would`ve found this earlier, right after I left the group I was in). I recommend this to all ex-members of cults, as well as anyone interested in or affected by them; and ESPECIALLY anyone in any group (religious or otherwise) who questions the nature of your group, and has thoughts of leaving. This book is informative, affirmative, and great support for ex-members and their families when you feel like no one else understands what you`ve been through.
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32 of 36 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 8, 2000
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This is a wonderful book with plenty of information to help the person leaving a high-control group or cult. The stages of recovery are discussed so the exiting member knows what kind of "head trips" to expect during the mental detox of cult involvement. I highly recommend it.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Melissa A. Yates on May 18, 2010
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I am in the middle of this book right now. It is mostly about the kind of cults that kid nap people or that convince them to leave home. Like the Moonies and the T.M. and many others. If you are looking for a book about the cult next door this might not be the book for you. There is NO mention of Mormons or Jehovah's Witnesses or Christian Scientist. However, as a recovering Mormon I still found a lot of information that I could relate to. The author really does know what it feels like for someone to leave a cult or a controlled environment. He points out the confusion of thinking to your self "Am I a victim of this cult or am I an agent of the Devil because I left?" I can relate to this book. But it is a really heavy read. This book is worth reading.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Not Moses on November 1, 2012
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Quality-wise (from the perspective of a mental health pro who has had both personal and professional experience with several religious, large group awareness and addiction recovery cults since the 1970s) =RFC= is all over the block. The first section =is= relatively accurate vis cult dynamics and =will= be informative to those who haven't read Margaret Singer's, Mark Galanter's or Kathleen Taylor's more recent and qualitatively superior work. Sections II, III and IV, however, reflect the relatively dismal state of recovery technology available in the early 1990s.

I don't know of anything in print that describes the best current techniques for exiter deprogramming (as distinct from cult exit counseling, which =is= pretty well covered in this text), but the best stuff I have seen and personally utilized include the new mindfulness-based cognitive therapies like Dialectical Behavior Therapy (especially if the cult exiter is suicidal); Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy per se; Acceptance and Commitment Therapy; and Self-talk Identification, Questioning & Revision with the Drop Drill. All of these therapies do a first-rate job of 1) dismantling the cult-installed belief system and 2) digesting the anxiety, rage and/or depression -- or even post-traumatic stress disorder -- typically suffered by many exiters.

Priced here on amazon.com as low as it is, one =could= get a copy bearing in mind the book's considerable limitations. But one could acquire far greater knowledge from Rick Ross's absolutely =terrific= website (which, unlike the Cult Awareness Network and even some residential treatment facilities ostensibly doing de-programming, is =not= owned and operated by... a cult).

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Carla on January 3, 2013
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A cult can be a group or just one person. If you are a person who is recovering from a "controlling relationship" or an actual cult, this is a great resource. The book helps break down into digestible chunks the tools you need in order to gain insight for your own situation. It helps the survivor (or loved one of a survivor) navigate through the healing process and also explains how controlling groups/individuals operate. The book explains how even the brightest of individuals can be manipulated by factions or persons that do not have your best interest at heart. I highly recommend this book to anyone who has or does suffer from any type of cultish abuse/mind control/spiritual abuse, etc. Healing is a process and this book should be in every survivors healing arsenal.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Rj on December 17, 2011
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This is not an easy read especially for anyone whom has just been accosted by the occult or has just left a cult. The book is edited by Micheal D. Langone yet has several other authors as well. For those who have recent trauma coupled with concentration difficulties, one will not be able to understand concepts as clearly. However, the book gives vital information such as anything can be "cult" when the organization, church, business, home life, therapy, mantra, daycare center etc. is rooted in mind control, which begins with deception, dependency then dread. The bottom line is the occult can happen anywhere and it is not all about the cliche of "horns and hooves" yet is inherently evil.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By J.J. on May 1, 2008
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This book is full of vital information about cults and cult mind control. A must-read for cult survivors. One of the best books on the topic available for the general public.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Doll Collector LTD on March 14, 2013
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This book clearly and concisely helped me understand how an abusive man can control and manipulate a woman in a relationship. The cultish behavior does not just take place in cults. Many interpersonal relationships include this type of behavior so another person can exert control over another. The Three D's in cults are: Deception, Dependency, and Dread. Read it and it will help you begin the cult deprogramming and put the controller out of your mind and life, so you can live again.
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