Recovery from Cults
|Recovery From Cults|
|Author||Michael Langone, editor|
|Cover artist||Justine Burkat Trubey, book design|
|Publisher||W. W. Norton & Company|
|Publication date||June 1995|
Recovery from Cults: Help for Victims of Psychological and Spiritual Abuse a 1995 book edited by Michael Langone, director of the International Cultic Studies Association (formerly the American Family Foundation), published by W. W. Norton & Company, treats the theories of mind control as related to cults.
A review in the British Medical Journal stated that the work appears mostly aimed at people who are concerned a friend or relative might be in a cult, little exploration of why an individual would join a cult, that there is little analysis of the definition or effectiveness of "exit counselling" that the book recommends, and there is little difference in the outcomes of exit counselling irrespective of whether the person left the cult voluntarily versus being ejected.
A review in the Cultic Studies Journal by Arthur A. Dole summarized the contents of the book and specified that it grew out of study groups connected to the American Family Foundation. Dole continued by criticizing an insufficiently comprehensive of the topic, suggesting gaps regarding topics of prevention programs, rehabilitation, case histories, court cases, how to respond to violent and suicidal groups, specific examples from exit counseling, choice of people to help with exit counseling, ethical principles for exit counseling and the interactions between cults and celebrities, churches, academics, business and the military.
- Saliba, JA; Langone, Michael D. (1995). "Book Review: Recovery from Cults". Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion 34 (4): 531–532. doi:10.2307/1387351. JSTOR 1387351. (subscription required)
- Excerpted chapters, at Cultic Studies Review site.
- Available online, through Google books, Pages displayed by permission, W. W. Norton & Company