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- Publisher: Freedom of Mind Press (July 2, 2012)
- Publication Date: July 2, 2012
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B008HAIWIW
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Beyond this, this book provides insight into many everyday forms of mental and emotional oddities and puzzles. Why did the whole German nation succumb to the Nazi sickness. What about political blindness in our own age. Read this book.
This book is, in a way, an updated version of "Releasing the Bonds," which I have also reviewed. It presents a new protocol, the Strategic Interactive Approach (SIA), for assisting those who wish to help their loved ones gain understanding and potentially an exit strategy from the people, groups and beliefs, which have enslaved them. It is developed in response to the BITE model of a dangerous cult (B= Behavioral Control, I=Information Control, T=Thought Control and E=Emotional Control). In the cult which I was in for twenty-six years and have, by now, written extensively about, Behavioral Control was implemented by binding every moment of time with reading, occult exercises, sleeping postures, diet, lodge meetings and meditation type practices; Information Control by subtle prohibitions against outside reading or research (typical cult restrictions); Thought Control was accomplished by projecting an elitist spiritual authority onto the cult through a fraudulent portrayal of its history and Emotional Control by creating extreme subservience to the head of the cult, whose title is the Latin Term for Emperor, and extreme fear to leave the cult which basically defined you as a member of the only real spiritual organization in the Universe. While there is little time here to describe the SIA approach, I should say that it involves creating a collaborative atmosphere and strategy with the family or friends of the cult member, an essentially friendly approach that results in developing the kind of rapport necessary to talk rationally with the cult member. Hassan gives an example of Jim, a member of a pseudo-Buddhist cult, for which a camping trip is developed in which various friends approach him with different angles. One of those friends was an ex-member of the cult in question who lost his girlfriend to the cult leader, who preyed on female members of the cult. The interaction with his friends brought him to a conference with Steven Hassan, who showed him tangibly how some of the "miraculous" light he had seen `emanating' from the cult leader was the result of hypnotic suggestion. In my case, I wish some kind of strategic interaction had occurred like this- but aside from a few sessions of counseling, I had to handle my deprogramming myself, a hit-or-miss proposition that might have been aided significantly by this type of approach. I think this book could be a real asset for a family or group of friends afraid for their loved ones participation in a dangerous cult.
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