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.
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.
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
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
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.
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.
October 29th, 2019 | Season 2 | 59 mins 48 secs
UNLOCKED FULL EPISODE
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.
October 15th, 2019 | Season 2 | 1 hr 5 mins
Namu Myōhō Renge Kyō. It's a chant you may have heard, and you may have thought it was part of regular Buddhist practice. It's actually a chant that's the cornerstone of a group called Soka Gakkai International
October 8th, 2019 | Season 2 | 15 mins 30 secs
OneTaste started with a simple but powerful mission: to teach women to receive pleasure without any hang ups or need to reciprocate. What ended up happening to many who joined the organization has left them wondering if their consent was ever fully given.
October 1st, 2019 | Season 2 | 14 mins 57 secs
Coercive thought control doesn't just happen in cults or cult-like groups. In cases like Munchausen By Proxy, it's complete, abusive control by a mother over her children.
September 24th, 2019 | Season 2 | 15 mins 13 secs
Most people think De-Programming is the only method to work with ex-cult members, but Rachel Bernstein, a licensed family therapist, specializes in therapy for family members and survivors of cults.
September 17th, 2019 | Season 2 | 56 mins 47 secs
david neiwert, hate groups, militias, patriots, white supremacy
SEASON 2 PREMIERE
Season 2 of On Belief will look at other ways that control and coercive thought reform are deployed.
This week, David Neiwert, Author of Alt-America: The Rise of the Radical Right in the Age of Trump (ISBN 1786634236) Joins me to discuss White Supremacist Hate Groups and their similarities to cults