Terror, Love and Brainwashing: Attachment in Cults and Totalitarian Systems
A Paperback edition by Alexandra Stein in English (Nov 15, 2016)
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Short Description: Written by a cult survivor and renowned expert on the phenomenon of cults and totalitarianism, this important book draws on a substantial well of academic research to offer new and... Read more
Written by a cult survivor and renowned expert on the phenomenon of cults and totalitarianism, this important book draws on a substantial well of academic research to offer new and much-needed clarity on the dynamics of these systems of control. It focuses on how charismatic, authoritarian leaders control their followers' attachment relationships and shape their minds via manipulative social structures and ideologies. Emotionally and cognitively isolated, these followers become unable to act in their own survival interests. From small, local cults to global players like ISIS and North Korea, the impact of these movements is widespread and growing. This rigorous yet gripping exploration sheds vital new light on how they operate and how they might be resisted.
- Alexandra Stein
- Taylor & Francis Ltd , Routledge
- Publication date
- Nov 15, 2016
- Product dimensions
- 157 x 233 x 14mm
Introduction 1. The Overthrow of the Rulers of the Mind 2. Fear: It's Screamingly Obvious 3. Recruitment: The Accidental Extremist 4. Totalist Indoctrination: Isolation In a Crowded Place 5. Family and Friends: Not as Close as Chairman Mao 6. The Will of the Fuehrer is the Party's Law: Totalist Leaders and the Structures They Create 7. Secrets and Lies: Ideology and Language in Totalist Systems 8. From the Inside Out 9. Deployable, but not Manchurian: It's a Human Thing 10. The Flute Player: What Should an Open Society Do? Acknowledgements. Appendix A The Group Attachment Interview. Appendix B Eye-Level versus Abusive, Authoritarian Relationships.