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Cultic Studies: Information about Cults and Psychological Manipulation

Cultic Studies: Information about Cults and Psychological Manipulation

This site is described as offering "Information on cults, cultic groups, psychological manipulation, psychological abuse, spiritual abuse, brainwashing, mind control, thought reform, abusive churches, extremism, totalistic groups, new religious movements, alternative and mainstream religions, group dynamics, exit counseling, recovery, and practical suggestions for those affected by or interested in these subjects." The organization that maintains the site is "The International Cultic Studies Association (ICSA) is an interdisciplinary network of academicians, professionals, former group members, and families who study and educate the public about social-psychological influence and control, authoritarianism, and zealotry in cultic groups, alternative movements, and other environments. Founded in 1979 as AFF (American Family Foundation), ICSA took on its current name in late 2004 to better reflect the organization's focus and increasingly international and scholarly dimensions."

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Lorraine Sabino
Lorraine Sabino (Student)
19 years ago
I enjoyed using the site, it gave quite a bit of reference material and a good
selection. I actually spent quite a bit of time searching around and getting
used to things before I selected my topic. I think it gives a good reveiw and
enhances the materials that we are reviewing.

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I think it was an easy to use site.
Bernadette Castellanos
20 years ago
I found this website to be very informing and interesting. I browsed the site for about thirty minutes.It gave great info about cult characteristics and how to identify them. Its a great resource to use and it gives other resources involved. It is easy to understand if you are a first time user.

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This site was easy to find without any type of difficulties.
Liz Schimmer
Liz Schimmer (Student)
20 years ago
As a student, I found this a very interesting website. In the social pyschology
course I am taking, we only touch on the topic of cults. This site offers a
great amount of information. I think that it would be interesting and useful to
any one who is interested in the field of psychology.This is also an excellent
site for doing research on the topic of cults and those people who are involved
with them. And it is also very useful for those who may have family members
involved with cults.

Technical Remarks:

This site is easy to navigate and the information is accessible and easy to
understand.First time users or computer novices should have no problem with this
site.