The Phenomenon of Cults from a Scientific Perspective

The Phenomenon of Cults from a Scientific Perspective
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Piotr T. Nowakowski

Section I: General Considerations
1. What Messages Are behind Today's Cults?
Philip G. Zimbardo
2. Cults, Conversion, Science, and Harm
Michael D. Langone
3. Sifting the Wheat from the Tares: Twenty Signs of Trouble in a New Religions Group
Peter J. Vere
4. Approaching Cults from a Social Addictive Perspective
Miguel Perlado and Josep M. Jansa
5. Rewriting Narratives of Traumatic Experiences in a Cult Environment
Dariusz Kuncewicz

Section II: Cult Influence
6. Persuasion and Influence by Cultic Groups During Recruitment
Dariusz Krok
7. Scientology: Front Groups, an occult System of Recruiting, and Infiltration Attempts
Simonetta Po
8. Raised in Cultic Groups: The Impact on the Development of Certain Aspects of Character
Lorna Goldberg
9. Using the Bounded Choice Model as an Analytical Tool: A Case Study of Heaven's Gate
Janja Lalich

Section III: Mind Control and Abuse
10. Development of the Study of Mind Control in Japan
Kimiaki Nishida
11. More than the Devil's Due
Adrian J. Reimers
12. Spiritual Harm in New Religions: Reflections on Interviews with Former Members of NRMs
Philip C. Lucas
13. Compassion Betrayed: Spiritual Abuse in an American Zen Center
Katherine V. Masis
14. Measuring Psychological Abuse in Group Contexts in Spain
Carmen Almendros, José A. Carrobles, Álvaro Rodriguez-Carballeira, and Josep M. Jansa

Section IV: Children in Cults
15. The Psychobiology of Trauma and Child Maltreatment
Doni Whitsett
16. Authoritarian Culture and Child Abuse in ISKCON
Nori J. Muster
17. Child Protection in an Authoritarian Community: Culture Clash and Systemic Weakness
Livia Bardin

Section V: Cults and Health
18. Evolution of the Concept of Health and the New Religious Movements
Pierre Le Coz
19. Complementary and Alternative Medicine: Where Medicine and Religion Meet
Dónal P. O'Mathúna
20. Overview of the Activity of Health-Related Cults in the Countries of the Former USSR
Alexander L. Dvorkin

Section VI: Exit Counseling
21. Exit Counseling and the Decline of Deprogramming
Stephen A. Kent and Joseph P. Szimhart
22. The Strategic Interaction Approach
Steven Hassan

Section VII: Cults, Education, and Prevention
23. Preventive Education: A North American Perspective
Michael Kropveld
24. healthy Thinking as Means of Preventive Maintenance and a Therapy for Pathological Thinking in Destructive Cults
Evgeny Volkov
25. The Involvement of College Students in Totalist Groups: Causes, Concerns, Legal Issues, and Policy Considerations
Gregory S. Blimling

Section VIII: Special Issues
26. Endogenous and Exogenous Causes Supporting the Expansion of Cults and New Religious Movements in Romania after 1989
Laurentiu D. Tanase
27. Cults in Belarus
Vladimir A. Martinovich
28. Society for Scientific Spirituality "Sanatan": Doctrines, Terrorist Teachings, and Psycho-Manipulative Practices
Zoran D. Luković and Andrej R. Portić
29. The Polish State and the Cult Problem: preventive Aspects
Piotr T. Nowakowski
30. Bibliography of English-Language Literature on Cults
Patrycjusz Moskal


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