Steve Hassan's books
Posted by: Cosmophilospher ()
Date: April 21, 2005 04:30AM

Has anyone read Steve Hassan's books?
Any comments?


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Steve Hassan's books
Posted by: finnster ()
Date: April 25, 2005 09:01PM

I read both of his books:

- Combatting Cult Mind Control
This book is about his experience in the Moonies and how he got out. Then he talks about other cults and their structure. Overall, it is a good book for someone who doesn't know much about what a "cult" is and what it may look like (a great and surprising supplement to what they may think they know from the general media which grossly misrepesents this subject).

- Releasing The Bonds
In this book, Steve primarily talks about how one could start to think about helping a loved one who was caught up in a destructive mind controlling cult. He has been doing exit counseling for a long time and this book is a distillation of his experience outlining a framework that has worked for him helping people get out. It is not ground breaking by any means, but it does provide a nice check list of things to be aware of, prepare for, and think about.

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Steve Hassan's books
Posted by: Toni ()
Date: April 27, 2005 10:49PM

"Releasing the Bonds" is the only book of his that I'd read.

I gifted it as an 'intro book' to the mother of my former partner/cult member, who was unfamiliar w/ the cult phenomenon.

Personally, I got much more out of the writings by Singer, Langone, and Lalich - more in depth, but their writings are also more disturbing.
Many (non cult) people may find it easier to read Hassan's more 'gentle' writings as their introduction to this nasty business, especially those who are not as internet savvy for digging up info.

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Re: Steve Hassan's books
Posted by: rrmoderator ()
Date: May 10, 2013 08:28PM

To whom it may concern:

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Disclaimer regarding Steve Hassan

The Ross Institute of New Jersey/May 2013

The inclusion of news articles within the Ross Institute of New Jersey (RI) archives, which mention and/or quote Steven Hassan, in no way suggests that RI recommends Mr. Hassan or recognizes him in any way.

News articles that mention Steve Hassan have been archived for historical purposes only due to the information they contain about controversial groups, movements and/or leaders.

RI does not recommend Steven Hassan.

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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Steve Hassan runs a for-profit corporation called "Freedom of Mind." Mr. Hassan is listed as the corporate agent for that business as well as its president and treasurer.

RI does not recommend "Freedom of Mind" as a resource.

RI also does not list or recommend Steve Hassan's books.

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."

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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.

Professionals in the field of cultic studies have also expressed concerns regarding Steven Hassan's use of hypnosis and Neuro-linguistic programming (NLP).

Based upon complaints and the concerns expressed about Mr. Hassan RI does not recommend Steve Hassan for counseling, intervention work or any other form of professional consultation.

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