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#1 Best Selling Guide to Protection, Rescue, and Recovery from Destructive Cults

25th Anniversary Edition




If you’ve read an earlier version of Combating Cult Mind Control, welcome back!

In this 25th anniversary volume you’ll find much that’s new and important, including:

  • New stories of people who fell under the sway of cults and other forms of undue influence, but who were able to break free and find renewed hope, happiness, and sanity
  • New information on the many sophisticated ways social media are now used for mind control—and how to spot and resist them
  • Updates on the many types of organizations that often use mind control
  • Information on the neuroscience behind mind control—and how to use that information to protect yourself and others
  • A look at what legislators, courts, mental health professionals, and ordinary citizens can do to resist mind control and make our world safer

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The #1 Best-selling Guide to Protection, Rescue, and Recovery from Destructive Cults




America's leading exit counselor and defector from a controversial cult exposes the startling facts about destructive cults, their use of psychological manipulation to gain money and power, and their influence on government, the legal system and society.

More Info and Other Languages: Combatting Cult Mind Control (1990)

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FREEDOM OF MIND: Helping Loved Ones Leave Controlling People, Cults and Beliefs

(Freedom of Mind Press 2012)



Hassan’s new book aims to fill the gap. It identifies and explains how to identify and evaluate potentially dangerous groups and individuals. Hassan details his groundbreaking approach, the Strategic Interactive Approach, which can be used to help a loved one leave such a situation.

Step-by-step, Hassan shows you how to: evaluate the situation; interact with dual identities; develop communication strategies using phone calls, letter writing and visits; understand and utilize cult beliefs and tactics; use reality-testing and other techniques to promote freedom of mind. He emphasizes the value of meeting with trained consultants to be effectively guided and coached and also to plan and implement effective interventions. The best way to protect yourself and your loved ones is knowledge and awareness.

More Info and Other Languages: Freedom Of Mind: Helping Loved Ones Leave Controlling People, Cults, and Beliefs

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RELEASING THE BONDS: Empowering People to Think For Themselves

(Freedom of Mind Press 2000)



The number of destructive mind control groups is growing, with estimates as high as 5,000 in the U.S. alone. Steven Hassan, himself a former member of the Unification Church, addresses the problem in Releasing the Bonds. Based on insider knowledge, years of scientific study, and the author's frequent workshops, the book offers a non-coercive, legal model for helping victims of mind control. The Strategic Interaction Approach teaches family and friends how to strategically influence the individual involved, laying out practical methods for recognizing the signs of a destructive relationship, undoing residual effects of past cult experiences, refuting fallacies about these groups, and becoming active in opposing them.

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