Do you know someone who suffered from cults in our modern culture? Cults in our Midst provides relevant background about cult methodology and cult recovery for survivors.
Growing up in a religious 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 inherent psychological repercussion.
I would highly recommend this book to the following groups:
- Psychologists and Mental Health Professionals (especially those who work with ex-cult members, do exit counseling, and PTSD therapy)
- Ex-cult members (especially those who are several months removed from their cult)
- Church Ministers (to assess the ethics in their own strategies for evangelization)
- Family and friends of ex-cult members (to provide guidance about loved one's psychological aftereffects)
- Those fascinated by cults
This book answers these common questions:
- What is a cult?
- How do cults brainwash members?
- Why and how do people join cults?
- What happens to children within a cult?
- How to leave a cult?
After reading this book, I felt validated in calling my former religious extremist group a cult. Their practices synced up with nearly all of the cult characteristics. My group claimed to be a part of mainstream religion, but their actions and doctrine taught otherwise. I caution those within extremist groups to examine their methodologies carefully. It's not the brain-dead who join cults, but typically the intellectual geniuses. Margaret Thaler Singer delivers on her promises to the reader. Her book is a resourceful tool to recover from religious trauma syndrome.