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Recovery from Cults: Help for Victims of Psychological and Spiritual Abuse 1st Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-0393701647
ISBN-10: 0393701646
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Drawing upon the clinical expertise of professionals and the personal experiences of those formerly involved in high-intensity mind-control groups, this book is a comprehensive guide to the cult experience. Michael Langone and his colleagues provide practical guidelines for helping former cult members manage the problems they encounter when leaving cults. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

About the Author

Michael Langone lives in southern Florida.
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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: 1.2 x 6.5 x 9.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.9 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,178,280 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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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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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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This is one of the better cult books I've read (and I've read a lot of them). Recovery from Cults is a collection of papers written by many different people -- some experts, some ex-members of high-demand groups. This one is a little more academic than other cult books, and focuses on the "How" of mind control. Yet it is still accessible to average readers.

When writing about mind control and abusive group dynamics, I quote often from this one. It was also one of several books that helped me through coming to terms with my religious experiences.
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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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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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Extensive, multi-disciplinary, highly informative, readable. Highly recommended for anyone wanted to dig a bit deeper into the phenomena of abusive churches/groups, cults, etc. The chapter on abusive religious groups by Dr. Paul Martin is worth the price of the book.
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