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HELP FOR YOURSELF - Am I / Was I in a Destructive Cult?

COULD I BE IN A DESTRUCTIVE CULT? WAS I IN A CULT?


 

COULD MY TEACHER / MINISTER / THERAPIST BE A CULT LEADER?


  1. Most people are unaware that they are in a destructive cult. 
  2. Many former members struggle to find a language or framework that defines their experience. 
  3. Here are tools to help evaluate your group or organization.
  4. Where does it stand on the continuum? 
  5. Is it extreme enough to be labeled a cult?
  Important Issues to Consider when Choosing a Spiritual Teacher

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Code of Ethics for Spiritual Guides

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ON USING THE TERM “CULT”

an Essay by Michael Langone & Herb Rosedale of American Family Foundation (AFF) now (ICSA) International Cultic Studies Association


 

On Spiritual Authority: Genuine & Counterfeit by John Welwood

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Defining a Destructive Cult

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  Recognizing Authoritarian Control

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Langone, M.D. (Ed). (1993) Recovery from Cults: Help for Victims of Psychological and Spiritual Abuse New York: W. Norton & Company.
  Kramer, J & Alstead, D. (1993). The Guru Papers: Masks of Authoritarian Power Berkeley, CA: North Atlantic Books/Frog Ltd.
Models of Thought Reform

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  The Cult Leader as Psychopath, excerpts from Captive Hearts: Captive Minds by Tobias, M.L. & Lalich, J. (1994)

Dr. Margaret T. Singer's 6 Conditions for Thought Reform

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  The Relational System of the Traumatizing Narcissist

by Daniel Shaw, LCSW, (www.danielshawlcsw.com)

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Dr. Margaret T. Singer's Continuum of Influence and Persuasion

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  Tobias, M.L. & Lalich, J. (2006). Take Back Your Life-Recovering from Cults and Abusive Relationships Berkeley, CA: Bay Tree Publishing.        

Dr. Robert J. Lifton's 8 Criteria for Thought Reform

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Strong Indications that our Relationship with a Spiritual Teacher is Unhealthy

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Group Psychological Abuse Scale (GPA)

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Groups that Foster Spiritual Growth tend to:

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Biderman's Coercion Chart

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VIDEO

CULT RECOVERY 101, 201, 202               

Questions to Help Screen Cult Involvement

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Characteristics of the Spiritually Abusive System

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Johnson, D. & VanVonderen, J. (1991). The Subtle Power of Spiritual Abuse Minneapolis, MN: Bethany House Publishers.
                                                  

Do you have Toxic Faith?

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