I’m doing cartwheels about today’s guest! Rachel Bernstein, LMFT, has been working with victims of cults and emotional abusers for 27 years. She believes that given the right set of circumstances, it’s all too easy for anyone to fall prey to sociopaths and manipulators. She is the host of IndoctriNation: A weekly podcast covering cults, manipulators, and how to protect yourself from systems of control. She wanted to give survivors a chance to tell their stories and for experts to teach us what they know about high control groups. Her goal for IndoctriNation is to empower listeners to protect themselves and those they love from predators, toxic personalities, and destructive organizations.
Little known fact…I’ve been mildly obsessed or perhaps just highly curious about all things cults this year. I’ll tell you more about that in the show, or you can read about it here. Rachel’s podcast has been extremely informative and healing to me, helping me understand some of my own experience navigating a high control group. Some of the subjects that we get into on the show today are how to identify systems of control, the situations that make indoctrination possible, fervor and awe, betrayal blindness, how to remove yourself from a group, and how to support a loved one who is caught up in one.
Rachel’s approach to this subject is not only effective, but it’s also very informative and very compassionate. I hope you enjoy, and if possible support her work!
Here are the direct links to the shows I referenced: Consolidation of Church and State, Mark Vicente and NXIVM, QAnon, Fervor and Awe with Yuval Laor. And interesting that her most recent is about Kundalini Yoga!
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