Posts Tagged: Cults

Cults and Parental Alienation: A conversation with Steve Hassan

You may know that Steven Hassan is a long-standing cult expert having learned about it when he was in the Moonies as a young man. Steve is energetic and prolific. Read about his BITE model and the Influence Continuum. Watch his

Cults and Parental Alienation: A conversation with Steve Hassan

You may know that Steven Hassan is a long-standing cult expert having learned about it when he was in the Moonies as a young man. Steve is energetic and prolific. Read about his BITE model and the Influence Continuum. Watch his

Domestic & psychological abuse laws – ancient and modern

Parental Alienation has been increasingly recognised to be one of several patterns of harmful coercive abuse. Based in Scotland in the UK, I’ve wondered about how the new domestic or psychological abuse laws apply to Parental Alienation (PA). The law

Domestic & psychological abuse laws – ancient and modern

Parental Alienation has been increasingly recognised to be one of several patterns of harmful coercive abuse. Based in Scotland in the UK, I’ve wondered about how the new domestic or psychological abuse laws apply to Parental Alienation (PA). The law

Long ago, judges judged coercion well. So why not now?

Drawing on Jon Atack’s meticulous research and book A Piece of Blue Sky, Russell Miller wrote the authoritative biography of L Ron Hubbard: Bare-Faced Messiah. Hubbard was founder and head of the Church of Scientology. Scientology is perhaps the greatest example of a

Long ago, judges judged coercion well. So why not now?

Drawing on Jon Atack’s meticulous research and book A Piece of Blue Sky, Russell Miller wrote the authoritative biography of L Ron Hubbard: Bare-Faced Messiah. Hubbard was founder and head of the Church of Scientology. Scientology is perhaps the greatest example of a

Terror and ill health: the bear truth about childhood adversity

Dr Nadine Harris delivered this stunning TED MED talk in 2014. She gives the bear in the woods an important walk-on part. A paediatrician herself, she tells how a child’s ‘dose’ of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) creates clearly higher rates of health problems. And that’s

Terror and ill health: the bear truth about childhood adversity

Dr Nadine Harris delivered this stunning TED MED talk in 2014. She gives the bear in the woods an important walk-on part. A paediatrician herself, she tells how a child’s ‘dose’ of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) creates clearly higher rates of health problems. And that’s

Attachment terror: How all harmful coercion works

The field of harmful coercive relationships is huge. It stretches across all kinds of family and other groups. But it is all over the place. No one can have read all the shelves and webpages full of great description. Quantity has to

Attachment terror: How all harmful coercion works

The field of harmful coercive relationships is huge. It stretches across all kinds of family and other groups. But it is all over the place. No one can have read all the shelves and webpages full of great description. Quantity has to

Amy Baker’s original: Comparing cults and Parental Alienation

Let’s continue to tap into the benefits of taking a broad perspective on all kinds of harmful coercive patterns. Many of those who work with Parental Alienation in families owe a great debt to Amy JL Baker’s research and book: Adult Children of

Amy Baker’s original: Comparing cults and Parental Alienation

Let’s continue to tap into the benefits of taking a broad perspective on all kinds of harmful coercive patterns. Many of those who work with Parental Alienation in families owe a great debt to Amy JL Baker’s research and book: Adult Children of

The use and abuse of spooking and phobias

Anxiety is useful. Essential in fact. It’s our radar. It gets us thinking about risks and challenges. It guides us around danger. So don’t get rid of anxiety before you check what it’s telling you. We can be braver when we have

The use and abuse of spooking and phobias

Anxiety is useful. Essential in fact. It’s our radar. It gets us thinking about risks and challenges. It guides us around danger. So don’t get rid of anxiety before you check what it’s telling you. We can be braver when we have

Prisons: where families, alienation and cults meet up

This is a blog-post of two halves. Guest blogger, David Shubert, joins up with yours truly, Nick Child. David’s ideas on prisons chimed in with mine on connecting up coercive patterns aka Undue Influence. But then I realised I’d have to

Prisons: where families, alienation and cults meet up

This is a blog-post of two halves. Guest blogger, David Shubert, joins up with yours truly, Nick Child. David’s ideas on prisons chimed in with mine on connecting up coercive patterns aka Undue Influence. But then I realised I’d have to

Undue influence: New thoughts on high conflict in families

The recent focus on undue influence here on the alienation experience blog was inspired by local and global events. There’ve been three new government initiatives in the UK and the global launch of the Open Minds Foundation. This new framework creates a new way to

Undue influence: New thoughts on high conflict in families

The recent focus on undue influence here on the alienation experience blog was inspired by local and global events. There’ve been three new government initiatives in the UK and the global launch of the Open Minds Foundation. This new framework creates a new way to

Do this survey – Let’s tick off controlling relationships

Last time we gave you a checklist about harmful psychological coercive persuasion. This time we want everyone to do a survey on it. The checklist is a general description of what happens in several places … in cults, terrorism, bullying, gangs, abusive relationships and other family conflict. With

Do this survey – Let’s tick off controlling relationships

Last time we gave you a checklist about harmful psychological coercive persuasion. This time we want everyone to do a survey on it. The checklist is a general description of what happens in several places … in cults, terrorism, bullying, gangs, abusive relationships and other family conflict. With

Learning about a common enemy

Coercion by direct physical abuse or threat is a crime and a terrible experience. But psychological coercive persuasion is also seriously harmful.  Building on what we know of coercive control found in domestic abuse and in cults, momentum is gathering in the fight against harmful coercion in all

Learning about a common enemy

Coercion by direct physical abuse or threat is a crime and a terrible experience. But psychological coercive persuasion is also seriously harmful.  Building on what we know of coercive control found in domestic abuse and in cults, momentum is gathering in the fight against harmful coercion in all

Parental and cult alienation: Les Linet MD and the new Star Wars

2016 has opened up some fresh roads for future blogging here. Before we head down a particularly exciting wide avenue, here’s a short lively pointer to where we’re going. Meet … Harrison Ford and … the prolific Les Linet MD and his online work, and

Parental and cult alienation: Les Linet MD and the new Star Wars

2016 has opened up some fresh roads for future blogging here. Before we head down a particularly exciting wide avenue, here’s a short lively pointer to where we’re going. Meet … Harrison Ford and … the prolific Les Linet MD and his online work, and