Escaping Utopia

Growing Up in a Cult, Getting Out, and Starting Over

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Janja Lalich
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Escaping Utopia

Growing Up in a Cult, Getting Out, and Starting Over

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"Actors Michelle Pfeiffer, Glenn Close, Rose McGowan and Leah Remini. Humorist Garrison Keillor. Musician Lisa Marie Presley. WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange. Each of these well-know people has more than fame in common; each was born or raised in a cult. We think of cults as bizarre, inexplicable, or otherworldly places that only strange people inhabit, but cults and other abusive and high-demand groups (and relationships) are actually quite commonplace. In fact, the behaviors, social pressures, and authoritarian structures that create cults exist to a greater or lesser extent in every human relationship and every human group. Cult behavior is human behavior - and by studying cults, we can learn remarkably useful things about the social world and our place in itIn the first in-depth research of its kind, sociologist and cult expert Janja Lalich interviewed sixty-five people who were born in or grew up in thirty-nine different cultic groups spanning more than a dozen countries. What's especially interesting about these individuals is that they each left the cult on their own, without outside help or internal support. In Escaping Utopia: Growing Up in a Cult, Getting Out, and Starting Over, Lalich and award-winning author (and fellow cult survivor) Karla McLaren craft Lalich's original and groundbreaking research into an accessible and engaging book, the first of its kind focusing on this particular population. Lalich and McLaren explore fundamental questions about human nature, human development, group dynamics, abuse and control, and triumphs of the human spirit in the face of intense and extended suffering."--Provided by publisher.

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Escaping Utopia: Growing Up in a Cult, Getting Out, and Starting Over
September 8, 2017, Routledge
in English
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Escaping Utopia: Growing up in a Cult, Getting Out, and Starting Over
2017, Taylor & Francis Group
in English
Cover of: Escaping Utopia
Escaping Utopia: Growing up in a Cult, Getting Out, and Starting Over
2017, Taylor & Francis Group
in English
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Escaping Utopia: Growing Up in a Cult, Getting Out, and Starting Over
2017, Taylor and Francis
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Table of Contents

Cover; Half Title; Title Page; Copyright Page; Table of Contents; Acknowledgments; Introduction; 1. We Weren't There by Choice: Meeting Our Narrators; 2. The Transcendent Belief System: Purity, Perfection, and the Eradication of Individuality; 3. Charismatic Authority: Exhilarating Vision, Electrifying Charisma, and Total Domination; 4. Systems of Control: Official Rules, Formal Structures, and Webs of Authority; 5. Systems of Influence: Social Pressures, Rigid Expectations, and Constant Manipulation; 6. Landing on Mars: Finding Their Way in an Alien World.
7. Surviving and Thriving: Trauma, Resilience, and IntegrationAppendices; Appendix A: Research Methodology; Appendix B: Print and Multi-Media Resources; Appendix C: Cult Information and Resource Websites; Appendix D: Influence Methods that Support a Behavioral-Control System; References; Index.

Classifications

Dewey Decimal Class
209.092/2
Library of Congress
BL80.3 L355 2017

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Pagination
1 online resource

ID Numbers

Open Library
OL44080001M
ISBN 10
1315295091
ISBN 13
9781315295091
OCLC/WorldCat
993980340

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Two young men who grew up in Scientology recall the beginning of their indoctrination sessions. A young women who was raised in Scientology recalls the way her fifth-grade classmates were deployed to bring her back into the fold.

Children born or raised in cults have very different experiences and aftereffects than individuals who join as adults, and their stories can help you understand cults in valuable new ways. Of equal importance, we focus on the fortitude and resilience that helped these children resist, break free, and heal from mistreatment, loss, and trauma.
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