Cults of all types are confronted by volatile economies, changing
demography, public opinion,
media ridicule and New Age competition. The
issues facing cults require more than
marketing or financial management. The issues concern relevance.
Why do you stay in That Organization?
Abrupt personality changes may indicate drug
use - or involvement with fundamental or manipulative organizations that use
psychological techniques (coercive influence, brainwashing
or mind control) to recruit and
keep members. Extreme groups may use harassment and blackmail or threats
of ritual abuse. (Sometimes whole populations are subjected to coercive and
Do you, or someone you care for, want to leave a
religious, military, political or commercial group, in which the group
members attempt to resist their leaving by creating psychological bonds?
Our coaching is useful
if you, or your friends or family are involved in manipulative or fundamental
organizations, if you obsess about such groups and their activities,
or if you want freedom from obsessions. We offer online coaching to help
you solve whatever stops you solving your problems.
Manipulation, Cults & Sects
Words like cult and sect
are difficult to define. Many commercial and military organizations,
governments and professional associations can be described
as manipulative; and people admiring one religion may describe all others as cults
or sects. (Cults promote a new religion or a new
interpretation of an established religion,
while sects are groups that have broken away from an established religion,
often to protest what they see as corruption or impure doctrine Encyclopedia Encarta
Organizations that use emotional brainwashing may attract
people who suffer from inner chaos (such as personality
identifications or bipolar disorder). Once involved, many people
may feel unable to return to the reality that they once wanted to
Brainwashing & Compliance
Brainwashing and conditioning install limiting and toxic beliefs.
Examples are: "Only we know the truth", "Anyone who attacks us is
insane or criminal", "Thinking is evil" and "Criticism is proof
of sickness". Many extremist groups attempt to place their leaders (living
or dead) as substitutes for parents in the minds of the membership.
Leaders may be called father and mother, and other members
may be called brothers and sisters. Connections to family
and former friends may be discouraged. Once assimilated, members may feel
strong guilt if they even consider leaving their sacred family.
Such people are typically unaware that they have been so strongly influenced,
and often support their manipulators.
Coercive psychological influence overcomes critical thinking and
free will. Victims of cult-like compliance techniques cease making independent decisions
or exercise informed consent. Coercive influence takes several forms...
- Undermine self-confidence and/or decision-making
- Intimidation with group-sanctioned psychological threats
- Control social environment and/or enforce social isolation
- Control with humiliation, loss of privilege and/or
- Destabilize consciousness, awareness and/or emotional defenses
- Control communication and/or prohibit critical information
- Increase compliance with repeated activities, sleep deprivation
and diet restrictions
Coercive influence is commonly used by manipulative sects, military
organizations and totalitarian governments. Government sanctioned
extremist groups often evade prosecution for false imprisonment,
involuntary servitude, intentional emotional distress and other forms of torture.
As many free world military and police organizations rival
totalitarian dictatorships in their use of brainwashing, we provide
Exit Coaching for people wanting to leave such organizations.
Our systemic coaching offers safe alternatives. We help
distressed people change their beliefs, explore their goals, stabilize
their emotions and communicate effectively.
. Space for Love
. Soulwork Review
Coercive mental conditioning was once fought with deconditioning
and deprogramming; words that we associate with illegal
techniques developed to counter brainwashing ... with more brainwashing!
These often-brutal methods included abductions, sleep deprivation, sensory
overload, condemnations, isolation and sometimes physical confinement ...
primitive tools of mind hacking!
Although some ex-cult-members have testified
that these methods released them from their invisible prisons; others
successfully sued the deprogrammers. Coercive deprogramming involves
considerable legal and psychological risk; and we do not provide it, support it
nor recommend it.
Coercive conditioning is more
likely to be emotional than intellectual, and often involves
rituals and repetition while dismissing intellectual analysis. Our Exit
Coaching can coach people to change emotionally charged
relationships, while helping them evaluate factual information about
the group they wish to leave.
Exit Coaching is for people who choose freedom from
It is gentle, direct and time-limited.
It emphasizes respectfully sharing information, and should not be
rushed. The keys to regaining freedom of thought and action are:
rebuilding trust, dissolving guilt, improving
important relationships and finding worthwhile and realistic life goals.
Exit Coaching is available during
office visits, or coaching sessions by telephone or online. The
total time depends mostly on a person's motivation to be part of the culture
in which he or she lives. Often a
person changes their lifestyle to suit their own goals.
From Pulpit to Cockpit
As many cult-like groups make sanctions about sexual
activity, our Exit Coaching solutions support healthy relationships.
If the group supported promiscuous sex, then sexually transmitted
diseases and/or unwanted pregnancies and/or abortions may complicate our
work. If the organization prohibited intimate behavior, then the
changework includes re-orientation to healthy values and behavior.
Coaching Sexual Issues
. Solutions for Sexual Issues
. After Abortion
Our Exit Coaching includes three 2-hour sessions per week
for 5 to 10 weeks, or 3 to 5 days of intensive coaching sessions at your location.
Long-term follow-up is available.
Exit coaching is for motivated, responsible people who wish to
change relationships and end obsessions with specific cult-like groups, with that group's
beliefs and with the group's activities. The most rapid and effective results
- Motivated clients who are rested, alert, responsible
and thinking clearly
- The involvement of as many family members and
former-friends as possible
- People want and are ready to make informed decisions
about their relationships
- Family members and friends who can contribute respectful,
Our online coaching supports further changework
for resolving trauma and ritual abuse, substance addictions, identity
crisis, etc. Helping professionals, trainers and coaches who wish to add systemic
coaching to their work can attend or arrange our experiential workshops.
Online Life Coaching, Counseling & Mentorship
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