Steven Hassan is an American mental health counselor who has written on the subject of mind control and how to help people who have been harmed by the experience. He has been helping people exit destructive cults since 1976. Hassan has appeared on the TV news programs 60 Minutes, Nightline, and Dateline. He is a published author and lecturer.
Mind control & cult specialist Steven Hassan joins us to discuss the QAnon movement & his own exit from Sun Myung Moon’s Unification Church (AKA 'The Moonies'). An editing snafu also reveals some more nefarious plans. Subscribe for $5 a month and receive double the episodes & access to the whole archive: Music by Nick Sena (
Yesterday, Dom spoke of a CNN guest who drew comparisons between Trump supporters and cult members. Today, Dom welcomed this guest, Steven Hassan, on his own show to discuss the reasons that Hassan, a cult survivor himself, feels this way. Hassan, who offers a disagreeable take for many fans of President Trump, joins Dom for an incredibly respectful interview as Dom tries to dig in to find out how Hassan truly feels, something that CNN failed to do. Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images
This week I am joined by Steve Hassan, cult expert and recovery counselor and author the new book, The Cult of Trump. We discuss in detail why he is using the world “cult” in this context, what some of the thought reform techniques are that Trump uses and how his enablers are part of creating this situation. The post Sensibly Speaking Podcast #221: The Cult of Trump ft. Steve Hassan appeared first on The Sensibly Speaking Podcast.
Steven Hassan is a leading expert on the subject of cults. His new book, “The Cult of Trump,” details the many techniques infamous cult leaders like Jim Jones, David Koresh, and Sun Myung Moon used to keep their followers obedient and unquestioning, a subject Hassan has firsthand knowledge of, having himself been indoctrinated into and then deprogrammed from Moon’s Unification Church in the 1970s. “The Cult of Trump” draws direct, uncanny parallels to the current occupant of the White House and the tactics he uses to exercise control over both his base and the GOP. Links: Steven Hassan's Organization: Cult Continuum:
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Newton, Massachusetts, USA
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