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Steven Hassan, M.ED., LMHC - Bio and Fact Sheet - Steven Hassan, M.Ed., LMHC Steven Hassan is one of the foremost authorities on cults and mind control. He is a Nationally Certified Counselor (NCC) and Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC) and the author of two of the most respected books on the subject of cults. His first book, Combatting Cult Mind Control: The #1 [...]

Steven Hassan’s War on Cults - Media: The Boston Globe, newspaper, USA Author: John Koch, Globe Staff Publication date: Wednesday, April 2, 1987 Steven Hassan’s War on Cults Steven Hassan says that he was prepared to commit murder,”absolutely.” Or, if necessary, take a bullet in his own body and die a glorious death. Hassan was a follower of Sun Myung Moon, [...]

Steven Hassan in the Media - Over the years Steven Hassan, cult expert and cult counselor, and author of Combatting Cult Mind Control and Releasing the Bonds, has appeared numerous times in TV programs and on radio shows. Newspapers and magazines the world round quote him extensively. Media Appearances Television, radio, and video appearances Newspaper and magazine appearances Transcripts, video, and [...]

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Archived Press Releases - Index by year: 2007 Consumer Warning: What you need to know about Transcendental Meditation (TM) (Jan) David Lynch promotes TM — but what dangers lurk? Cult expert Steven Hassan explains: “Many think of a cult as a group that uses high-pressure recruiting tactics, or gets members to commit suicide, sell flowers in airports, get married [...]

Who is Steven Hassan

“…Steven Hassan’s approach is one that I value more than that of any other researcher or clinical practitioner…”
– Philip G. Zimbardo, Ph.D.
Author of the Stanford Prison Experiment
Professor of Psychology, Stanford University
President of the American Psychological Association 2002,
Author of The Lucifer Effect

He has worked in the field since 1976 helping thousands of people affected by destructive cults. He is a Nationally Certified Counselor (NCC) and also a Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC). He was also a leader in the Moon cult for over two years (in the 1970s).

            Steven Hassan is a former cult member who has been educating the public about mind control and destructive cults since 1976.  As a Nationally Certified Counselor (NCC) and Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC), Hassan is the author three books that have received extensive praise from former cult members, families of former members, clergy, cult experts, and psychologists.Combatting Cult Mind Control: The #1 Best Selling Guide to Protection, Rescue, and Recovery from Destructive Cults (1988), Releasing the Bonds: Empowering People to Think for Themselves(2000), and in July 2012, he published the paperback and e-book, Freedom of Mind: Helping Loved Ones Leave Controlling People, Cults & Beliefs, Second Edition 2013. Also he recently updated and revised Combating Cult Mind Control: The #1 Best Selling Guide to Protection, Rescue, and Recovery from Destructive Cults(2015). He is also co-developed “Ending the Game”, a non-coercive curriculum designed to educate and empower commercial sex trafficking victims.

            He has appeared on 60 Minutes, CNN, NPR, Good Morning America, The Today Show, Larry King Live, Oprah, Dr. Drew, Dr. Phil, and many other programs, and has been featured in People Magazine, USA Today, Newsweek, The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, Chicago Tribune, The Guardian, and dozens of other major publications and websites. Learn more about him and the Freedom of Mind Resource Center, Inc. at

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Steven Hassan

Steven Hassan biography
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Profile by the Boston Globe
Archived press releases
Media appearances
Upcoming events
Past Lectures and Seminars
Online video, audio, transcripts of Steven Hassan media appearances

Destructive Mind Control

FAQ about destructive mind control
Warning signs of a potentially destructive situation
BITE mind control model: Behavior, Information, Thoughts, and Emotions
The three stages of gaining control over the mind
FAQ about the Strategic Interaction Approach
Questions to ask as a “spiritual consumer”

Freedom of Mind

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Book Review by Apologetics Index

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Combatting Cult Mind Control

Book review by American Journal of Psychiatry
Book review by The Lancet
Quote sheet (cult and mental health professionals)
Quote sheet (religious leaders)