understanding mind control

I got a lot out of this book—Releasing the Bonds: Empowering People to Think for Themselves, by a leading cult counselor, Steve Hassan.

Below are Hassen’s outlines delineating his BITE model which evolved out of Leon Festinger’s theory of  cognitive dissonance. As an ex-cult member, I whole-heartedly appreciate Hassan for his research, his publications, his talks—-all his work that helps us to understand how mind control works. We’d do well to teach our kids about this subject—to give them this tool of awareness. Someday they may need it.

IMG_5141IMG_5149 IMG_5157 IMG_5163 IMG_5165Yes, I mark my books up a lot. It’s how I learn. And yes, EVERY category of this model–behavior Control, Information Control, Thought Control and Emotional Control—are true of the cult I came out of, true of ACMTC, and what’s highlighted with red pencil is particularly spot on!

Thank you Steven Hassan for this great tool for understanding!