Recommended reading and listening


Janja Lalich and Madeleine Tobias: Take back your life

Judith Herman: Trauma and Recovery

Daniel Shaw: Traumatic Narcissism. Relational Systems of Subjugation

Article by Dan Shaw:

Matthew Remski: Practice and All is Coming

Dr Yuval Laor: the religious ape:

Wendy Ford, Recovery from Abusive Groups:


Being mindful about mindfulness: Exploring the dark side. International Journal of Coercion, Abuse and Manipulation, 2020

The history of credibility attacks against former cult members

The unique characteristics of post cult PTSD

Psychological manipulation, hypnosis and suggestion

I got mine-ism

Somatic dominance in yoga and Buddhism

What happens one generation on from a high demand group?

Gillie Jenkinson how pseudo-creativity is used in cults through the arts:

How narcissistic groups bully their victims

How psychopaths infiltrate religious and spiritual groups to meet their own needs

A recovering monk: bracing for winter

The danger in fake positivity and spiritual bypassing

Differences between toxic positivity and hope made simple

Podcasts and videos

The Religious Trauma Institute are offering free online workshops on religious trauma and the nervous system

Dan Shaw on shame and indoctrination

Spiritually advised neglect

Willoughby Britton: Adverse effects of mindfulness meditation

Gillie Jenkinson on cult trauma and cult pseudo-personality


How dogma pollutes discourse

Punishing doubt

Concealing abuse

Janja Lalich: Are we all cult members now?

Rachel Bernstein‘s series ‘Indoctrination

David Trevealan: Trauma sensitive mindfulness podcast

Evan Thompson on ‘Buddhist exceptionalism’ and the problems with Buddhist modernism

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