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On November 18, 1978, more than 900 people, including a US congressman, Leo Ryan, died because of cult leader Jim Jones at Jonestown, Guyana. More than 300 were children forced to drink cyanide-laced Kool-Aid by their parents who believed they were doing God’s will. 

The techniques of undue influence have evolved dramatically and continue to do so. Today, a vast array of methods exist to deceive, manipulate, and indoctrinate people into closed systems of obedience and dependency. If you are listening to this updated audiobook for the first time, please know you have found a safe, respectful, compassionate place. 

This audiobook can help you protect or regain your sanity, freedom, and health. It can also help you protect others from the use of mind-control techniques. In this 30th anniversary volume, you will find: 

  • New stories of people who fell under the sway of cults and other forms of undue influence but who were able to break free. 
  • New information on the many sophisticated ways that social media is now used for mind control. 
  • Updates on the many types of organizations that use mind control. 
  • Information on the neuroscience behind mind control. 
  • A look at what legislators, courts, mental-health professionals, and ordinary citizens can do to resist mind control and make our world a safer place. 

Sadly, the essential information in this audiobook is still not widely known or understood. People around the world remain largely unprepared for the new realities of mind control. But you are far from helpless. There is a great deal you can do to stay safe, sane, and whole - and to help the people you care about to do the same. And if someone you love is already part of a mind-control group, there is much you can do to help them break free and rebuild their life. This audiobook will give you the tools you need. 

As you listen to this audiobook, you will learn to develop, use, and trust your critical thinking skills; your intuition; your bodily and emotional awareness; your ability to ask the right questions; and your skill at doing quick, useful research. You'll also learn to create a healthy balance of openness and skepticism. As you will see, the entire process begins and ends with discernment. 

©1988 Steven Hassan (P)2018 Steven Hassan

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Getting to know you.

This is a must read for anyone. It could help people better understand themselves, their family, their beliefs, and their social networks. this book as advertised, breaks down processes in which external forces impact individuals in clear concise terms that are easily understood. It has a gentile overtone making it possible for anyone of any background to feel comfortable with its message. the only stupid question is the question that is never asked, or reflected upon.

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Very Insightful

It helped solidify my knowledge that my JW ex-husband has two different identities. I will use this book to keep my children educated.

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a fantastic, informative text

very informative. it's obvious that the author has much experience and doesn't dwell on each idea longer than necessary. many touching stories about cult members leaving. I wish there had been a little more specifics about mormonism but there was just a small bit. a great book and must read for anyone questioning an organization they're a part of

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Read this if you have loved ones in a mind controlling organization

This book is the most authoritative source and cults and cult behavior. It is well supported with citations from current literature and is easy to understand and apply.

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  • Justin How
  • 11-07-18

Outstanding book on cults and mind control

I have been curious about cults for sometime so I thought I would get this book to delve deeper into the subject.
I cannot recommend it highly enough for anyone actually involved with cults (within or outside them), anyone who is helping to extract someone from a cult, or who just has natural curiosity to find out more about these dangerous groups and how they cast their spell over their followers.
It is very comprehensive and the author seems to know the subject matter inside out.
I thought I knew quite a bit about cults until I read this book.

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  • Naomi Brewster
  • 12-21-18

Essential reading

i’m so grateful to Steve Hassan’s work here. I first read this book 20 years ago when I left the jehovah’s witnesses and it was instrumental then in helping me to understand what had happened to me in that cult. But upon this second reading I found myself thinking more broadly about ways in which we are manipulated and influenced in coercive ways in our lives. This is essential reading if you want ‘freedom of mind’ and to comprehend how to navigate the complexities of being a member of society with free will intact.