"When you meet the friendliest people you have ever known, who introduce you to the most loving group of people you've ever encountered, and you find the leader to be the most inspired, caring, compassionate and understanding person you've ever met, and then you learn the cause of the group is something you never dared hope could be accomplished, and all of this sounds too good to be true-it probably is too good to be true! Don't give up your education, your hopes and ambitions to follow a rainbow."
Ex - member of The People's Temple, later found murdered
WELCOME TO THE WEBSITE OF CULT COUNSELLING AUSTRALIA
This website has been designed as a response to the numerous enquiries received at Cult Counselling Australia. Whether your enquiry relates to a concern about a loved one, or whether you are interested in further information about the cult scene, this website is designed to assist you.
This site should not be regarded as a replacement for professional help where appropriate. However, it should serve as a valuable introduction to a disturbing phenomena. You are invited to contact our office or email us for further information and advice.
The cult scene is intricate and complex. Parents and families require information regarding questionable groups in order to respond appropriately to their concerns regarding a loved one. At the heart of their response is the need for accurate and reliable information.
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Brainwashing has become almost a household word in the last two decades or so. In 1961, Robert J. Lifton wrote the definitive book on the subject, Thought Reform and the Psychology of Totalism, after studying the effects of mind control on American prisoners of war under the Communist Chinese. Lifton outlines eight major factors that can be used to identify whether a group is a destructive cult or not. Any authoritarian religion should be held up to the light in order to determine just how destructive their influence is on their members. Judge for yourselves.
"Cults: Too Good To Be True", by Raphael Aron, Director of Cult Counselling Australia is published by Harper Collins is an invaluable guide to family and friends who are concerned about the involvement of a loved one in a cult. Similarly, it is an important book for community leaders and clergymen who seek a deeper understanding of the phenomena of cultism..