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An interview with Benjamin Zablocki By Steven Van Neste Excerpt from “Ethics and the Modern Guru” a publication on cults. Benjamin Zablocki is a sociologist whose main field of interest is religion, cults and the functions of brainwashing and charisma. The following ‘interview’ was done as a written questionnaire, and to respect the wishes ofContinue reading “The late Benjamin Zablocki talks about cults and mind control”
By Cathleen A. Mann, PhD Abstract: 12 step groups, especially in the form of Alcoholic Anonymous groups, have a rich history as evangelical, Christian-based groups, which operate under the guise of “treatment” for persons with substance abuse problems. However, research suggests that AA operates in a cult-like fashion and does not consider the individual differences ofContinue reading “Therapeutic groups versus 12-step groups: An analysis of the AA prototype”
By Cathleen A. Mann, PhD Reprinted with Permission Introduction Steven Hassan’s latest book, Freedom of Mind: Helping Loved Ones Leave Controlling People, Cults, and Beliefs, is the latest in what can be seen as a trilogy of sorts, starting with Combatting Mind Control in 1988 and then Releasing the Bonds in 2000. A large portionContinue reading “Ethical concerns raised in Steven Hassan’s book on cults”
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