Combatting Cult Mind Control
by Steven Hassan
Publication date 1988
Combatting Cult Mind Control is a non-fiction work by Steven Hassan described as a “Guide to Protection, Rescue, and Recovery from Destructive Cults.” The author discusses theories of mind control and cults based on the research of Margaret Singer and Robert Lifton as well as the cognitive dissonance theory of Leon Festinger. Park Street Press, a New age and alternative beliefs publisher, first published the book in 1988. In 2015, Hassan’s own Freedom of Mind Press issued a revised 25th anniversary edition, Combating Cult Mind Control, featuring Hassan’s new analysis of how coercive groups use social media to gain undue influence and updates on organizations that he alleges practice mind control.
Hassan is a Licensed Mental Health Councilor (LMHC) in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, and is a former member of the Unification Church.