If I told you that a young Jewish guy from Queens, New York, would go to college and then get recruited by the Moonies...
And become one of their leaders, you'd probably tell me "Cool Story, Bro".
Then walk away shaking your head at my ridiculous story.
But that was precisely what happened to my guest, Steven Hassan, one of the world's leading experts on cults.
Once he left the group he began to dive into his studies, and eventually became a skilled therapist, author, TEDx speaker, help dozens of people escape dangerous cults, and he'll soon be a Ph.D.
I think the thing I love the most about his story, is that he didn't let this experience define him...but rather, he chose how he would define IT.
In This Episode:
3:57 Queens College: Where Steven met his cult
8:05 Leading experts in Chinese brainwashing give him surprising news
11:18 Social Psychology exists – it’s used for bad purposes too often
12:09 Moments of vulnerability – perfect time to recruit into a cult
14:52 Steven’s 2 models: Influence Continuum & B.I.T.E. help you identify a destructive cult
19:21 Thousands of cults in America
21:08 Putin and Russia have been grooming Trump since the 80’s
22:02 Steve read The Mueller Report – Russia influenced the Trump campaign
23:01 The Family – New Apostolic Reformation – Trump’s base
25:10 Voting Trump out is critical, but it’s deeper than just him
33:29 Authoritarianism (Trump, Russia) is using 4th Generation Warfare – stir up confusion
37:09 Reciprocity & Patience usually work in talking with indoctrinated people/cultists
37:45 The truth will be able to withstand the scrutiny of investigation
39:22 Dar tells a crazy story from his cult days
41:22 It’s Your Mind, Control It – Increase Your Self Awareness (a great time to suggest Holosync for meditation)
45:09 Dar & Steven both share how to get someone out of a cult, abusive relationship, etc. – It’s Not Hopeless!!
Books by Steven Hassan
The Fellowship - in real life.
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Dar is a half Iranian/half American white boy...born in Tehran.
He's moved over 80 times.
He escaped the Iranian Revolution with, literally, the clothes on his back.
He even found himself in a cult...
And through every crazy thing that's happened, against insane odds, he's been succeeding in life & in Hollywood, for almost 30 years.
People with boring lives have boring stories.
Nothing boring here.
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