294: Dr. Steven Hassan | "It’s Your Mind, Only You Should Control It"

57m | Mar 31, 2024

Today on the show, Eric Skwarczynski is joined by Dr. Steven Hassan.

Dr. Hassan is a licensed mental health professional, a recognized expert on cults and undue influence, and possesses professional experience both in the US and abroad.

His work encompasses various areas, including consultation, coaching, public speaking, media appearances, activism, writing, research, teaching, intervention, and recovery services, as well as expert consulting and testimony to aid individuals and families dealing with issues related to undue influence.

Dr. Hassan’s expertise extends to the realm of undue influence in a wide array of contexts, including destructive one-on-one relationships, family dynamics, parental alienation, small cult-like groups, religious cults, therapy and self-improvement groups, professional abuse, institutional abuse, corporate settings, multi-level marketing, political groups, human trafficking, hate and violent extremism, and other challenging situations. He actively advocates for the recognition of terrorist groups as destructive cults and addresses their importance.

Over the course of his 40-year career, Dr. Hassan has assisted numerous individuals and families in their recovery from undue influence. He is highly sought after as one of the foremost authorities on the subject of undue influence by both controlling groups and individuals. Steve possesses a unique perspective, having experienced life as a former cult member who was successfully deprogrammed in 1976, and as a clinical professional who has dedicated his life to aiding others in similar situations.


Resources Mentioned:

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– Combating Cult Mind Control:

– Å History of God:

– Propaganda:

– Thought Reform and the Psychology of Totalism:

– Corruptible: Who Gets Power and How it Changes Us:

– The Cult of Trump:

– American Kompromat:

– Think Again:

— Freedom of Mind:

– Recovery After Mormonism Workshop:

– Influence Continuum Podcast:

– Substack:


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