Cults, Coercion, and Contumely

  • Margaret Thaler Singer
  • Marsha Emmer Addis


Rather than focusing on one particular biological, social, or psychological aspect of Louis Jolyon West’s professional career so far, we synthesize several of his intellectual foci, as he did, to show the logical path that drew his interest to the challenging, and controversial, world of modern-day totalistic groups (eg, cults). We have chosen that background as the framework around which we deal with the systematic manipulation of psychological and social influence procedures variously known as thought reform, coercive persuasion, and brainwashing.


Totalistic Group Public Health Approach Fair Game Cult Member Mind Control 
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  • Marsha Emmer Addis

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