Cults in Our Midst: The Continuing Fight Against Their Hidden Menace

Cults in Our Midst The Continuing Fight Against Their Hidden Menace Cults today are bigger than ever with broad ramifications for national and international terrorism In this newly revised edition of her definitive work on cults Singer reveals what cults really are

  • Title: Cults in Our Midst: The Continuing Fight Against Their Hidden Menace
  • Author: Margaret Thaler Singer Robert Jay Lifton
  • ISBN: 9780787967413
  • Page: 349
  • Format: Paperback
  • Cults today are bigger than ever, with broad ramifications for national and international terrorism In this newly revised edition of her definitive work on cults, Singer reveals what cults really are and how they work, focusing specifically on the coercive persuasion techniques of charismatic leaders seeking money and power The book contains fascinating updates on HeavenCults today are bigger than ever, with broad ramifications for national and international terrorism In this newly revised edition of her definitive work on cults, Singer reveals what cults really are and how they work, focusing specifically on the coercive persuasion techniques of charismatic leaders seeking money and power The book contains fascinating updates on Heaven s Gate, Falun Gong, Aum Shinrikyo, Hare Krishna, the Reverend Sun Myung Moon, and the connection between cults and terrorism in Al Queda and the PLO.

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    1. Margaret Singer has been studying cults and cult survivors for decades, and this book is a thorough overview of the many aspects of this complex subject. Written for the mainstream, the book is clearly written and very readable, although her detailed descriptions of the abuse suffered by some cult members can be disturbing. I found the book to be very useful in helping me to better understand where a spiritual group crosses the line from something that benefits its members to something that expl [...]

    2. Fine run-through of the various mind-altering and brainwashing techniques employed by modern cults. Also, I was pleased to see a section devoted to those crappy new-agey motivational programs which are forever being pushed on me by devotees. (I work in a store with a large metaphysical section in an area with a large number of actual cult members. They can be hard to avoid.) However, if you're actually interested in the history and development of modern cults, this book will be disappointing. It [...]

    3. Do you know someone who suffered from cults in our modern culture? This book provides relevant background about cult methodology and cult recovery for survivors.Here's my video review: youtube/watch?v=eKPhWaGrowing up in a cult, I felt that I turned my back upon God and religion when I left the group. I assumed my feelings were unique, the judgment of a higher power angered by my desertion. Through reading Cults in Our Midst, I discovered that every cult survivor feels these emotions. It's an in [...]

    4. In Cults in our Midst, Margaret Thaler Singer writes a book offering her decades of research to a popular audience. Cults are a difficult topic to discuss without putting a stigma on current and former cult members, but Thaler Singer does it. Many times while reading this book I felt that it was speaking directly to current and former cult members.For me, not having been a cult member, Cults in our Midst satisfied an interest in the influence of charismatic leaders, mind control, and group dynam [...]

    5. This book was informative about what tactics are used to lure people into cults and what keeps them there. It would be a good resource for people who have been in cults or for their relatives, with listed books for rebuilding their lives. It was also, as expected, pretty disturbing.

    6. Classic book on the variety and plethora of cults that have spread throughout the USA: she also described the secretive stratagems that cult leaders use in everyday settings. One of the stratagems discussed is a closed system of logic.

    7. This book almost jumped off the shelf and into my hands. Bought and read while still a member of a cult. Totally correct and enlightening for someone who has a loved one in a cult or someone in or just out of a cult. Easy to read and easy to understand.

    8. I believe this is a must read, period. It looks into many facets of cults from Am Way to various religions and what to look out for.

    9. Provides some nice and fun background on the methods and means that "cultic" groups use to manipulate their followers, as well as some insight into what leads members into cults in the first place.It comes off as a little too sensational and alarmist at times, as though the book is suggesting that the world is filled to the brim with cults just waiting to ply unsuspecting individuals into their clutches. However I think that beneath this lies, interestingly, the author's general concern that hum [...]

    10. (Taken from a diary entry written in 1999) Oy vey! Here I go with reading about cults! Well, after reading “Seductive Poison”, I decided to learn more. What defines a cult and who falls? I have barely begun reading “Cults in our Midst” and I have already gotten an eyeful! This book is sure to shatter my conceptions about cults. Well, it is as Margaret Thaler Singer says, and here I shall paraphrase. “Education is our best weapon.” The more we know about the power of cults and thought [...]

    11. This is a good book by an expert on this subject, focusing on all aspects of cults. If I have a gripe, it is that the author is limited by her rationalism. In my opinion, cults draw people in part because of the genuine need to explore consciousness, and Singer doesn't recognize this but rather believes that when people join a cult, it is only because of the combination of stress in a person's life and a cult's success in using that stress for its own deceitful purposes.

    12. I lost a friend when Heaven's Gate met the comet so those parts were especially interesting to me. Singer is generally cautious about naming names because some of the cults have nearly unlimited resources to retaliate on their critics. Also of note is the pervasiveness and tenacity of some cults in the corporate setting. Cults are differentiated from religions in terms of who benefits, the leader or the supplicant.

    13. This book is an excellent study of the cult waves that keep popping up. Forewarned is forearmed and chances are you will be approached by someone, sometime. The author is also on youtube and has very interesting things to say.I like how she says that you don't 'join' a cult- you are recruited. And, let's be frank, people don't commit 'suicide' at the meltdowns, they are murdered.

    14. I read this as research for a psyc project. Very good details about what cults are, how they recruit people, what they do that is harmful to people, and how the author treats former cult members. Whats always so interesting is that its just regular people who are targeted and recruited.

    15. Read this in my studies of cults, and though biased from Christian perspective, well worth the read including valuable research and insightful information.

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