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Quote of the Day:
'Victims gradually lose their ability to make independent decisions and exercise informed consent.'
- Dr Margaret Singer




Quote of the Day:
- Cults and Families (Whitsett + Kent)"; $quote[1]="'dangerous, collectivist thinking, ...called 'an ethic of radical obedience'
- Cults and Families (Whitsett + Kent)"; $quote[2]="'Cults divide the world into discrete dichotomous categories: good and evil, the saved and the damned, winners and losers...'
- Cults and Families (Whitsett + Kent)"; $quote[3]="'In worse case scenarios, the outside parent becomes (seen as) the embodiment of evil... that the leader prophesied.'
- Cults and Families (Whitsett + Kent)"; $quote[4]="'Members are comfortable with their certainty of 'truth'.'
- Cults and Families (Whitsett + Kent)"; $quote[5]="'Abusive groups implement their demands for purity through rituals of confession in which members must expose their personal thoughts, feelings and doubts to leadership's scrutiny.'
- Cults and Families (Whitsett + Kent)"; $quote[6]="'Symptoms... associated with cult related trauma... include depression, anxiety, panic attacks, paranoia, guilt, shame, distrust, anger, dissociation, intrusive thoughts and nightmares.'
- Cults and Families (Whitsett + Kent)"; $quote[7]="'I believe that this is an extremist cult and sect ... I also believe that it breaks up families.'
- Kevin Rudd on the Exclusive Brethren 2007"; $quote[8]="'I am deeply concerned about this organisation and the devastating impact it can have on its followers'
- Senator Nick Xenophon in Parliament"; $quote[9]="'Do you want Australian tax exemptions to be supporting an organisation ... that defrauds, that blackmails, that falsely imprisons?'
- Senator Nick Xenophon in Parliament"; $quote[10]="'any perceived inconsistency among various aspects of knowledge, feelings and behavior sets up an unpleasant internal state - cognitive dissonance'
- Festinger (1957)"; $quote[11]="'Their belief is something they not only want, they need it.'
- James Randi"; $quote[12]="'We were young, gullible and susceptible.'
- Mary Garden"; $quote[13]="'It never occurred to me to question or doubt their stories.'
- Mary Garden"; $quote[14]="'Leave your minds and your shoes outside the gate.'
- Mary Garden"; $quote[15]="'And so, instead of the promise of increased spiritual awareness and humility, what can often take place is increased robotism.'
- Mary Garden"; $quote[16]="'a person can become like a puppet; almost an apathetic creature trying to satisfy his basic needs'
- Mary Garden"; $quote[17]="'What really trapped us were the blissful states of mind achieved through meditation or chanting.'
- Mary Garden"; $quote[18]="'we were encouraged to develop a phobia of the outside world'
- Mary Garden"; $quote[19]="'Most of all, we lacked the insight to leave!'
- Mary Garden"; $quote[20]="'manipulated situational conditions exert their power over individual dispositions.'
- Philip Zimbardo"; $quote[21]="'they malign rationalism and exhort us to abandon critical thinking in order to realise spiritual growth.'
- Wendy Kaminer"; $quote[22]="'treat him or her as an ordinary human being and receive their teaching as \"just information\".'
- The Dalai Lama"; $quote[23]="'We were seduced by yogis telling us what we wanted to hear: that we were special and that they were God incarnate.'
- Mary Garden"; $quote[24]="'Victims gradually lose their ability to make independent decisions and exercise informed consent.'
- Dr Margaret Singer"; $quote[25]="'By confusing, intimidating and silencing their victims, those who profit from these systems evade exposure and prosecution.'
- Dr Margaret Singer"; $quote[26]="'It is dangerous because ... they become the unquestioning captives and tools of the cult, withdrawn from ordinary thought, living, and relationships with others.'
- Justice Latey, London"; $quote[27]="'Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle.'
- Philo"; $quote[28]="'First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they attack you, then you win.'
- Ghandi"; $quote[29]="'When we learn to see life through the eyes of a child, that is when we become truly wise.'
- Mother Theresa"; $quote[30]="'The smart way to keep people passive and obedient is to strictly limit the spectrum of acceptable opinion, but allow very lively debate within that spectrum.'
- Noam Chomsky"; $quote[31]="'Never be bullied into silence. Never allow yourself to be made a victim. Accept no one's definition of your life; but define yourself.'
- Harvey Fierstein"; $quote[32]="'Have the courage to say no. Have the courage to face the truth. Do the right thing because it is right. These are the magic keys to living your life with integrity.'
- W. Clement Stone"; $quote[33]="'staff are required to work inordinately long hours for their keep and a pittance'
- Justice Latey, London"; $quote[34]="'On one occasion when the child broke her arm and she took her to the doctor she was directed to work all night as a penalty.'
- Justice Latey, London"; $quote[35]="'She was shouted at and abused because she put the care of her child first. She was subjected to a ... (disciplinary tribunal).'
- Justice Latey, London"; $quote[36]="'It is sinister because it indulges in infamous practices both to its adherents who do not toe the line unquestioningly, and to those who criticise or oppose it.'
- Justice Latey, London"; $quote[37]="'The organization clearly is schizophrenic and paranoid, and this bizarre combination seems to be a reflection of its founder'
- Judge Breckenridge"; $quote[38]="'it is nothing in reality but a vast enterprise to extract the maximum amount of money from its adepts by pseudo scientific theories... and to exercise a kind of blackmail against persons who do not wish to continue with their sect'
- Judge Breckenridge"; $quote[39]="'... with its 'fair game' doctrine has harassed and abused those persons not in the church whom it perceives as enemies.'
- Judge Breckenridge"; $quote[40]="'We hold that the state has a compelling interest in allowing its citizens to recover from serious emotional injuries they suffer through religious practices they are coerced into accepting.'
- California court"; $quote[41]="'...if we don’t speak out, the wheels of pain will just keep turning.'
- Separate Lives, ABC Radio"; $quote[42]="'’s just carnage – broken families, broken lives.'
- Separate Lives, ABC Radio"; $quote[43]="'The human cost to those who are disciplined and separated is impossible to quantify, but anecdotally, the toll of suicides is alarming.'
- Separate Lives, ABC Radio"; $quote[44]="'the aim was to forbid the person who was excommunicated... to have anything to do with his own family.'
- Separate Lives, ABC Radio"; $quote[45]="'All tyranny needs to gain a foothold is for people of good conscience to remain silent.'
- Thomas Jefferson"; $quote[46]="'Many people in Australia have real concerns about Scientology. I share some of those concerns.'
- Kevin Rudd"; $quote[47]="'With greater knowledge about [cults], people are less susceptible to deception.'
- Robert Jay Lifton"; $quote[48]="'Who speaks of liberty while the human mind is in chains?'
- Francis Wright, 1828"; $quote[49]="'I believe this [the Exclusive Brethren] is an extremist cult and sect. I also believe that it breaks up families.'
- Kevin Rudd"; $quote[50]="'Never gonna give you up, never gonna let you down, never gonna run around and desert you'
- Rick Astley"; $quote[51]="'Watch out for false prophets. They come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ferocious wolves.'
- Matt. 7:15"; $quote[52]="'This is their standard practice - to pursue someone in this way when they speak out against them'
- Prof Patrick McGorry"; $quote[53]="'Have the courage to face the truth.'
- W. Clement Stone"; $quote[54]="'Be the person that your dog thinks you are.'
- Anon."; $quote[55]="'I thought my loyalty was freely given; I wept decades later when I realized it had been stolen.'
- AD (ESMB)"; $quote[56]="'Start by doing what's necessary, then do what's possible, and suddenly you are doing the impossible.'
- St Francis of Assisi"; $quote[57]="'Unthinking respect for authority is the greatest enemy of truth.'
- Albert Einstein"; $quote[58]="'The evidence portrays a man who has been virtually a pathological liar when it comes to his history, background and achievements.'
- Judge Breckenridge"; $quote[59]="'...the world's largest organisation of unqualified persons engaged in the practice of dangerous techniques which masquerade as mental therapy.'
- Justice Andersen"; $quote[60]="'That is why the Internet is so important. It is the ultimate antidote to the poison of totalitarianism.'
- Robert Vaughn Young"; $quote[61]="'I received orders to break the law. I issued orders to break the law. I got others to break the law, and then I helped to hide these criminal activities just as they are hiding them now.'
- Jesse Prince"; $quote[62]="'... to involve members in criminal acts for which they are then liable, which then prevents the person from speaking out.'
- Jesse Prince"; $quote[63]="'Scientology is not a religion.'
- L. Ron Hubbard"; $quote[64]="'That s.o.b. group - all they want is my money'
- Elvis"; $quote[65]="'a glittering public façade'
- Jefferson Hawkins"; $quote[66]="'A cult… corrupt, sinister and dangerous… out to capture people and… brainwash them.'
- Justice Latey, London"; $quote[67]="'The thing is you get inside and you really have this feeling of being in a cocoon... and that everyone else is out to get you'.
- Paul Haggis"; $quote[68]="'Any religion that attaches a cash register to salvation is false.'
- Anon"; $quote[69]="'Should Robert Doyle have attended the opening of the Church of Scientology's new headquarters? No: 94%'
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CIFS QLD National Conference - March 2012
Friday 9th March + Saturday 10th March
At Parliament House, Cnr. George and Alice Sts, Brisbane
- Professional Development Education -
Many thanks to CIFS QLD for providing this successful and timely conference.

National Conference at Parliament House, Brisbane
The Trauma of
Psychological Manipulation:
Recognition of and Responses to
Victims and Survivors of
Destructive Groups and Cults


      Friday 9th March
      & Saturday 10th March, 2012


  • Professor Warwick Middleton, MB BS, FRANZCP, MD
  • Professor Doni Whitsett, Ph.D; LCSW (Pictured)
  • Psychoanalyst Lorna Goldberg
  • Psychoanalyst William Goldberg
  • Associate Professor Mandy Morgan
  • Senior Lecturer Dr Kerry Gibson
  • Guest Speaker - Senator Sue Boyce
  • Special Guest - Senator Nick Xenophon

The Conference was attended by over 80 delegates, mostly professional counsellors and therapists interested in the phenomena of post-cult trauma, and re-integration back to normal society.

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ABC Radio:
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CIFS Conference:
Brisbane 2012 *
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Seminar 2011
Brisbane 2010


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