that's my hope, that the book will reach people who have been through something similar and maybe still aren't all the way out, and at the same time, people who, like myself, think it could never happen to them.
The person you met who was "very close to JDR" - if they were at a cult conference does that mean they left his community? Was it his ex-wife? (I ask because I am always interested in talking to any leavers.)
Corboy (interesting name: "Cor" was the name of JDR's father)
thanks for the advice but I'm not sure it applies in this case.
a) I have already spoken to JDR himself about my book (he gave me a blank look and very little else, true to character)
b) I have also thrashed it out with his community at their google group. See these links: [aeoluskephas.blogspot.com
] and [aeoluskephas.blogspot.com
c) I've given up trying to get a publisher to take the book, too tiresome and fruitless, and even Steve Hassan, best-selling author, suggested self-publishing is the better route these days. That means self-promotion also.
It may be that JdR or his people try and discredit or sabotage me, we'll see. If so they will only add fuel to the furnace.
JasonDisclaimer regarding Steve Hassan
The Ross Institute of New Jersey/May 2013
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RI has received serious complaints about Steve Hassan concerning his fees. Mr. Hassan does not publicly disclose his fee schedule, but according to complaints Steve Hassan has charged fees varying from $250.00 per hour or $2,500.00 per day to $500.00 per hour or $5,000.00 per day. This does not include Mr. Hassan's expenses, which according to complaints can be quite substantial.
Steven Hassan has charged families tens of thousands of dollars and provided questionable results. One recent complaint cited total fees of almost $50,000.00. But this very expensive intervention effort ended in failure.
Dr. Cathleen Mann, who holds a doctorate in psychology and has been a licensed counselor in the state of Colorado since 1994 points out, "Nowhere does Hassan provide a base rate and/or any type or accepted statistical method defining his results..."
Steve Hassan has at times suggested to potential clients that they purchase a preliminary report based upon what he calls his "BITE" model. These "BITE reports" can potentially cost thousands of dollars.
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To better understand why Mr. Hassan's books are not recommended by RI read this detailed review of his most recently self-published book titled "Freedom of Mind."
Steve Hassan's cult intervention methodology has historically raised concerns since its inception. The book "Recovery from Cults" (W.W. Norton & Co. pp. 174-175) edited by Dr. Michael Langone states the following:
"Calling his approach 'strategic intervention [sic] therapy,' Hassan (1988) stresses that, although he too tries to communicate a body of information to cultists and to help them think independently, he also does formal counseling. As with many humanistic counseling approaches, Hassan’s runs the risk of imposing clarity, however subtly, on the framework’s foundational ambiguity and thereby manipulating the client."
RI has also learned that Mr. Hassan has had dual-relationships with his counseling clients. That is, clients seeing Mr. Hassan for counseling may also do professional cult intervention work with him.
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