Releasing the Bonds

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Releasing the Bonds: Empowering People to Think for Themselves
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Author Steven Hassan
Country United States
Language English
Series Freedom of Mind Press
Subject Cults, Mind control, Psychology
Genre Non-fiction
Publisher Aitan Publishing Company
Publication date
May 2000
Media type Hardcover
Pages 389
ISBN 0-9670688-0-0
OCLC 43631120
153.8/53 21
LC Class BF633 .H37 2000
Preceded by Combatting Cult Mind Control

Releasing the Bonds: Empowering People to Think for Themselves (2000) is Steven Hassan's self-published second book. It discusses Hassan's theories on mind control and cults. According to Arthur A. Dole, Hassan's Strategic Interaction Approach " ... stresses love, respect, freedom of choice, customized planned action fitted to the individual with the family as key participants, psychotherapy, and applied social psychology.[1]

Philip Zimbardo, former president of the American Psychological Association writes:[2]

Steven Hassan's approach is one that I value more than that of any other researcher or clinical practitioner. Hassan is a model of clear exposition, his original ideas are brilliantly presented in a captivating style. I am confident that readers of his new book will share my enthusiasm for what this author tells us about how to deal with the growing menace of cults.

Anton Hein, publisher of the Apologetics Index, an online Christian ministry[3] writes:

In what may well turn out to be the definitive handbook on cult intervention, Hassan presents his Strategic Interaction Approach (SIA) - a non-coercive, highly effective counseling system refined over the twelve years since he wrote the best-seller, Combatting Cult Mind Control. This tried-and-true approach has none of the drawbacks of involuntary deprogramming or voluntary exit-counseling.

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