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Take Back Your Life: Recovering from Cults and Abusive Relationships Paperback – August 17, 2006
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Former members of cults (including those born or raised in such groups) will gain valuable insights on their experiences. -- Michael D. Langone, Ph.D., Executive Director, International Cultic Studies Association
I wish every cult member, and every family of a cult member could read Take Back Your Life. -- Eugene H. Methvin, Senior Editor, Reader's Digest
Must reading for everyone who wants to understand the appeal of cults. This book's wisdom is vital. -- Philip G. Zimbardo, Ph.D., Professor of Psychology, Stanford University
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Cult victims and those who have suffered abusive relationships often suffer from fear, confusion, low-self esteem, and post-traumatic stress. Taking Back Your Life explains the seductive draw that leads people into such situations, provides insightful information for assessing what happened, and hands-on tools for getting back on track. Written for the victims, their families, and professionals, this book leads readers through the healing process. A resource list and numerous personal accounts of those who have successfully made the transition to the normal world provide help and inspiration.
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This book was written as though my experience was the guideline for its inception and the authors insight and help have made it possible to recover and move on with my life. I could not possibly stress the importance of reading this book if you or someone you know has been in a cult or fallen prey to "wolves in sheep's clothing"!
What I didn't like right off the bat was the formatting for Kindle was not done professionally, so I was going to deduct a star for that and mention it for the Kindle version only...
The opinions expressed in the book seemed pretty much on the money, but it didn't feel very scholarly or backed up by hard research. I was going to give the author a break on that, until about a quarter through the book, Janja referred people to the website of a convicted criminal who is a diagnosed narcissist according to his Wikipedia page.
Many cults create fronts that look anti cult but are far from it. Therefore if something is presented as a somewhat scholarly work, in the way this book is, the bar is high. There are people who are suffering severely, who have been mentally abused for years, many physically so you better get your research right.
By sending people for help to the wrong resources, either Janja is complicit, or else just a bad researcher. Either way, as soon as I saw that, I stopped trusting in this book or this author and decided not to read anymore. I hope an updated version of the book will correct the mistake, but for now, I give it 1 star.
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