(3b) Required Readings


Books


Churches that Abuse
by Ronald M. Enroth

Healing  from Churches that Abuse
by Ronald M. Enroth

Cults In Our Midst: The Hidden  Influence in Our Everyday Lives 
by Margaret Thaler Singer with Janja Lalich (1995,  Jossey-Bass)

  • Read the whole book with special attention to Chapter 3 (thought reform), and Chapters 6 and 7 (psychological and physiological techniques). 
  • Know the basic theories of how cults are formed and operate, what makes people vulnerable to them, and know the specific examples as parallels. 
  • Know the concepts of dissociation and levels of suggestibility. 
  • Know the basic theories of how cults are formed and operate, what makes people vulnerable to them, and know the specific examples as parallels. 
  • Know the concepts of dissociation and levels of suggestibility. 
  • Know the basic theories of how cults are formed and operate, what makes people vulnerable to them, and know the specific examples as parallels. 
  • Know the concepts of dissociation and levels of suggestibility. 
  • Know the basic theories of how cults are formed and operate, what makes people vulnerable to them, and know the specific examples as parallels. 
  • Know the concepts of dissociation and levels of suggestibility. 
  • This book is an informative and useful introduction to the cult phenomenon. 

Coping with Cult Involvement: A Handbook for Families and Friends

Livia Bardin, M.S.W.
  • Online resource for people who have left cults, their families and friends, and professionals working to help them.
How We Know What Isn’t So, The Fallibility of Human Reason in Everyday Life
by Thomas Gilovich (1991, The Free Press, Macmillan)

Influence: The new psychology of  modern persuasion
by Robert B. Cialdini, Ph.D. (Quill, 1984)

Recovery from Abusive  Groups
by Wendy Ford  (American Family Foundation, 1990)

Recovery from Cults: Help for the  Victims of Psychological and Spiritual Abuse,  edited by Michael D. Langone (1993, Norton)

  • Read Chapters: 1, 5, 9, 16, 20
  • Know the basic theories of how cults are formed and operate, what makes people vulnerable to them, and know the specific examples as parallels. Know the concepts of dissociation and levels of suggestibility.

Starting Out In Mainstream America
by Livia Bardin



Take Back Your Life: Recovering  from Cults and Abusive Relationships
by Janja  Lalich and Madeleine Tobias (2006, Bay Tree Publishing)

The  Verbally Abusive Relationship  and Verbal Abusive Survivors Speak Out on Relationship and Recovery
by Patricia Evans, Bob Adams, Inc Publishers 1992/1993


Without Conscience: The Disturbing World of the Psychopaths Among Us
by Dr. Robert D. Hare (Pocket   Books, 1993)


Articles:


"Cults in America: A Legal Analysis of Undue Influence, Fraud, and Misrepresentation"
by American Bar Association’s Commission on Mental and Physical Disability Law, Cultic Studies Journal, Vol. 12, No. 1, 1995.

"Ethical Standards for Thought Reform Consultants"
by Carol Giambalvo, Joseph Kelly, Patrick Ryan and Madeleine Landau Tobias, Cultic Studies Journal, Vol. 13, No. 1, 1996

"The Utilization of Hypnotic Techniques in Religious Conversion" 
Cultic Studies Journal, Vol. 3, No. 2, Fall/Winter, 1986

Presentation by Carol Giambalvo, Discussants: Joseph Kelly, Patrick Ryan, Hana Whitfield 

"What Is a Thought Reform Consultant?"
Carol Giambalvo, Joseph F. Kelly, Patrick L. Ryan, Madeleine Tobias

"Post-Cult Problems:  An Exit Counselor's Perspective"
Carol Giambalvo

"Inner Experience and Conversion" Michael D. Langone, Ph.D., Joseph Kelly, Patrick Ryan