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Ritual Abuse and Mind Control

The Manipulation of Attachment Needs, 1st Edition

Edited by Orit Badouk-Epstein, Joseph Schwartz, Rachel Wingfield Schwartz


202 pages

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People who have survived ritual abuse or mind control experiments have often been silenced, accused of lying, mocked and disbelieved. Clinicians working with survivors often find themselves isolated, facing the same levels of disbelief and denial from other professionals within the mental health field. This report - based on proceedings from a conference on the subject - presents knowledge and experience from both clinicians and survivors to promote understanding and recovery from organized and ritual abuse, mind control and programming. The book combines clinical presentations, survivors' voices, and research material to help address the ways in which we can work clinically with mind control and cult programming from the perspective of relational psychotherapy.

Table of Contents

Introduction , What has changed in twenty years? , “An evil cradling”? Cult practices and the manipulation of attachment needs in ritual abuse , Torture-based mind control: psychological mechanisms and psychotherapeutic approaches to overcoming mind control , Love is my religion , Working with the Incredible Hulk , Maintaining agency: a therapist’s journey

About the Editors

Orit Badouk Epstein

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
PSYCHOLOGY / Mental Health