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Lifting the lid off Lifton’s list matches harmful coercion in families and cults

the alienation experience

Here we like teaming up coercive patterns in families (e.g. domestic abuse, parental alienation) with those outside families (e.g. cults, terrorism, scams). All of them are an alienation experience. Teaming up means we can campaign more powerfully. At first sight, Robert Lifton’s list of features of brain-washing in cults doesn’t really look right for family coercion. But a second look shows how well they fit.

screen-shot-2016-12-05-at-10-12-20 Robert Jay Lifton (b 1926 still going strong!)

Robert Lifton  is an original and still one of the best thinkers in the field of mind-control cults. His 1961 book Thought Reform and the Psychology of Totalism: A Study of Brainwashing in China is still a classic in that field. And his list of eight key features too.  Spike Robinson freshened up Lifton’s list for this Open Minds Foundation blog.

The ‘Eight Criteria of Thought Reform’ are superbly clear. The list fits cults brilliantly. But it’s a bit “Myeh ..” for those of us who are…

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