- Hardcover: 416 pages
- Publisher: Aitan Publishing Company; 1st edition (May 2000)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0967068800
- ISBN-13: 978-0967068800
- Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 6.4 x 1.3 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #877,895 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Releasing the Bonds: Empowering People to Think for Themselves 1st Edition
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In what may well turn out to be the definitive handbook on cult intervention, Hassan presents his ''Strategic Interaction Approach (SIA)'' - a non-coercive, highly effective counseling system refined over the twelve years since he wrote the best-seller, Combatting Cult Mind Control. This tried-and-true approach has none of the drawbacks of involuntary deprogramming or voluntary exit-counseling.
Many other books on cult issues are long on describing problems, and short on practical advice. Releasing The Bonds is different, in that that it is a step-by-step manual filled with sensible, useful information. The book also includes a resource section, listing various cults experts and organizations (ranging from the secular American Family Foundation (AFF) to the Christian countercult ministry, Watchman Fellowship. Hassan also identifies cult defenders. In addition, the book includes an excellent bibliography, and a useful index.
Releasing The Bonds is a must-read book not only for those with a friend or relative caught up in a destructive cult or relationship, but also for anyone interested in cult-related issues. In clear, precise language, Steve deals with concerns ranging from religious beliefs to religious freedom.
The chapter describing destructive mind control alone is worth the price of the book.
Incredibly, cultists and cult defenders often claim that those who criticize cults are ''anti-religious'' or ''oppose religious freedom.'' Of course , such accusations are baseless.Read more ›
My sister escaped (literally in fear in the dead of night) from a cult with her son. I saw first-hand the disabling terror she experienced as she tried to go shopping at the mall with my wife during the first week of her freedom. This book resonates with that experience.
But the real strength of the book is that it reveals, through reason, what each of us needs to know to recognize and deal with the increasing number of unhealthy organizations that are manipulating our individual rights.
Steve Hassan is the real thing and this book is a "must read" for anyone who cares about their personal freedom and a free society.
In the late 1970s, Hassan helped to pioneer a non-coercive approach to deprogramming that came to be called "exit counseling" by the early 1980s. In Releasing the Bonds he expands on non-coercive intervention with what he calls the Strategic Interaction Approach (SIA). Hassan emphasizes family planning and group therapy sessions that can help concerned persons develop confidence in a long-term strategy. SIA utilizes positive communication and role modeling to show rather than merely tell the cult member that there is a better life outside the group. Hassan encourages families to maintain as much rapport as possible with a cult member until a time for intervention can be optimized. He provides an educational format for concerned persons to learn about "mind control" and how it works. He dedicates one important chapter to unlocking the phobias that cults might induce in devotees.Read more ›
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When I read something on the internet I was interested and then transfered me to Amazon, I thought wow he wrote the book. But I saw nothing that I read before. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Andrew Lamb
I have read a couple of books by Steve Hassan and I find his logic spot on! If anyone you know is leaving a control group of any kind this book and others by him are highly... Read morePublished on March 17, 2014 by Michele T
A good book for those new to cults and deprogramming. Nothing really new that cannot be found in other books or on the internet. Read morePublished on October 16, 2013 by Christopher Harrington
Mr Hassan book described my marriage to my abusive husband to a "T". Everything a cult leader does to its victims to suck them into a cult is the same exact methods abusive men do... Read morePublished on May 19, 2012 by KD
Self-Doubt, Difficulty Thinking Objectively, Self-Esteem, Trust...all of these things have been challenges for me as I was raised a JW. Read morePublished on August 15, 2011 by J. Sauer
Excellent instructive book on the steps needed to rescue a loved one from a destructive mind control cult written by America's #1 cult expert, Steve Hassan. Read morePublished on July 20, 2011 by Amazon Customer
This is a most helpful book for understanding the process of mind control, whether it is occurring within a cult or whether it is happening in a one on one situation. Read morePublished on March 9, 2010 by Jane Austen "Emma"