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Websites and Blogs

International Cultic Studies Association (ICSA)
Founded in 1979, the International Cultic Studies Association (ICSA) is a global network of people concerned about psychological manipulation and abuse in cultic groups, alternative movements, and other environments. ICSA is tax-exempt, supports civil liberties, and is not affiliated with any religious or commercial organisations.

reFOCUS
reFOCUS is a network of referral and support for former members of closed, high demand groups, relationships or cults.  reFOCUS is not an organisation, per se (it has no membership). It is, rather, a network, a nexus of connections between people in recovery, the lines of communication which link people up with available resources necessary to their recovery. Those resources include other former members, support groups and rehab facilities, mental health professionals, clergy, and other supportive organisations.

Steve Hassan's Freedom of Mind Center
Steven Alan Hassan, cult counsellor and mind control expert, is the Nationally Certified Counsellor and licensed Mental Health Counsellor who has developed the breakthrough approach to help loved ones rescue cult mind control victims.

The Rick Ross Institute Internet Archives
An Internet archive of information about cults, destructive cults, controversial groups and movements. The Rick A. Ross Institute of New Jersey (RI) is a non-profit public resource with a vast archive that contains thousands of individual documents. RI on-line files include news stories, research papers, reports, court documents, book excerpts, personal testimonies and hundreds of links to additional relevant resources.

My Exodus
This site describes itself as a, "blog on religion and philosophy by Nathanael about his experiences growing up, living in and finally escaping from a toxic and damaging Australian fundamentalist Christian revival cult."


Online Articles and Essays

Psychological Issues of Former Members of Restrictive Religious Groups

While this article was originally written for psychotherapists working with ex-fundamentalists, it should be helpful for anyone who has been involved with a restrictive religious group.

An Important Resource for Revival Centres
This article applies the BITE model of mind control to the Revival Centres with some not-so-surprising results.


Cults: Questions and Answers
This article provides some good answers to commonly asked questions about cults.

What messages are behind today's cults?
This article was written by Dr. Philip Zimbardo, a renowned social psychologist at Stanford University. The article applies Dr. Zimbardo's understanding of social influence processes to the question of cults.

Cult Formation
Cults represent one aspect of a worldwide epidemic of ideological totalism, or fundamentalism.  They tend to be associated with a charismatic leader, thought reform, and exploitation of members.

Dysfunctional Churches
The label that is currently popular for unhealthy families is "dysfunctional." Unfortunately, sociologists of religion (as well as many ex-members) know that some churches are also dysfunctional, even to the point of being spiritually abusive.


Pitfalls to Recovery
Paul Martin points out some pitfalls on the road to recovery from the trauma of cultic involvement, and then provide some guidelines for speeding up the recovery process.


Coming Out of the Cults
Most ex-cult members can struggle at one time or another with some or all of the difficulties and problems discussed in this article.




Books

Churches That Abuse by Ron Enroth

Recovering From Churches That Abuse by Ron Enroth

Take Back Your Life: Recovering From Cults and Abusive Relationships by Janja Lalich

Combatting Cult Mind Control by Steven Hassan

Releasing the Bonds: Empowering People To Think For Themselves by Steven Hassan

Cults in Our Midst by Margaret Singer

Faith That Hurts, Faith That Heals by Stephen Arterburn

Healing Spiritual Abuse by Ken Blue

Recovery From Cults by Michael Langone

The Subtle Power of Spiritual Abuse by Jeff Van Vonderen



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