On Belief: A Podcast About Cults

On Belief is about why none of us are immune from coercive thought reform

About the show

We all would like to think that we're immune to being persuaded, but were that true, advertising wouldn't work, the best candidates would always get elected, and our personal relationships would always be equitable.

On Belief examines why, with so much information available to us to dissuade us from joining harmful groups. I ask people who have had first hand experience with harmful groups and sects how they were seduced, how they were tricked, and how they got out.

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  • Episode 222: ISKCON (Hare Krishnas) Part 2

    February 19th, 2020  |  Season 2  |  18 mins 58 secs

    Thanks for your patience!

    This week, Eric joins me to discuss what made him leave ISKCON

  • Episode 221: ISKCON (Hare Krishnas)

    February 11th, 2020  |  Season 2  |  16 mins 7 secs

    An ex-ISKCON member joins me to discuss his childhood with a parent who was involved in an LGAT and his adult involvement in ISKCON- International Society of Krishna Consciousness

  • Episode 220: The LDS Church Part 2

    February 4th, 2020  |  Season 2  |  15 mins 58 secs

    Marie* continues her story about life in the LDS Church, and beyond

  • Episode 219: The LDS Church

    January 28th, 2020  |  Season 2  |  16 mins 17 secs

    Marie* joins me for part one of a two part episode on her experiences inside the Church of Latter Day Saints (Mormons) which she describes as a high demand group that limited her choices in life.

  • Episode 218: Narcissists with W. Keith Campbell

    January 21st, 2020  |  Season 2  |  16 mins 53 secs

    W. Keith Campbell literally wrote the book (several, actually) on narcissists. He joins me to discuss Narcissism to better understand what's going on in the mind of cult leaders, and how they're able to charm people into surrendering everything.

  • Episode 217: Glynn Washington on Heaven's Gate

    January 14th, 2020  |  Season 2  |  14 mins 54 secs

    Glynn Washington, host of Snap Judgement and producer/host of the Heaven's Gate podcast joins me to discuss why he decided to revisit Heaven's Gate and his own story of growing up in a cult.

  • Episode 216: XXXXXXX

    January 7th, 2020  |  Season 2  |  15 mins 28 secs

    Last season, we explored LGATs. This season, my guest Kate* joins me to go behind the curtain of the original LGAT and tells us about a frightening experience she had
    *not her real name

  • Episode 215: Soka Gakkai International with Juana Castanheira PART TWO

    January 1st, 2020  |  Season 2  |  15 mins 37 secs

    Juana Castanheira joins me for another episode to talk candidly about her recovery from SGI, MLMs, and TM.

  • Episode 214: Jon Atack

    December 17th, 2019  |  Season 2  |  21 mins

    Jon Atack is the author of the definitive history of the Scientology organization (Let's Sell Them A Piece of Blue Sky ISBN 1482023032)

    Since the publication of that book and the legal battles that followed, Jon has helped people who have left cults re-integrate and now has a YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCI4tcSMV2kEh3BooY_XFSYQ

  • Episode 213: Overcoming Cult Trauma With Psychedelics

    December 10th, 2019  |  Season 2  |  15 mins 40 secs

    Chelsea Lockwood joins me to discuss her journey out of the Jehovah's Witnesses and overcoming that trauma with the help of Ayahuasca.

  • Episode 212: Abusive Relationships with Donna Anderson

    December 3rd, 2019  |  Season 2  |  16 mins 8 secs

    Donna Anderson of LoveFraud (lovefraud.com) joins me to discuss the similarities between how abusers target and string along mates and how cults recruit followers.

  • Episode 211: New Kadampa Tradition

    November 26th, 2019  |  Season 2  |  16 mins 38 secs

    Dr Michelle Haslam joins me to explain why even someone with high level psychological training can get swept into a high demand group

  • Episode 210: The Work

    November 19th, 2019  |  Season 2  |  16 mins 16 secs

    What's it like to be born into a group that believes in a biblical Armageddon prophecy and that their leader is God on Earth? My guest Sarah Ficca explains

  • Episode 209: Tony Ortega

    November 12th, 2019  |  Season 2  |  20 mins 26 secs

    For years, Tony Ortega has been relentlessly covering the Church of Scientology. He has made some powerful enemies. Find out what it's like to be one of Scientology's biggest enemies.

  • Episode 208: Transcendental Meditation (TM)

    November 5th, 2019  |  Season 2  |  15 mins 40 secs

    Aryeh Siegel, author of Transcendental Deception (0999661507) joins me to describe his time in the TM movement and why you should not allow your school to welcome TM practitioners.

  • Episode 207: Steve Hassan

    October 29th, 2019  |  Season 2  |  59 mins 48 secs


    Cult Survivor and Cult Expert Steve Hassan joins me for a full hour to discuss his latest book The Cult of Trump: A Leading Cult Expert Explains How the President Uses Mind Control ( ISBN 1982127333) and why we should be more concerned about Manchurian Candidates in the future.