Take Back Your Life * Recovering from Cults & Abusive Relationships


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Take Back Your Life: Recovering from Cults and Abusive Relationships
Length-58 minutes, 25 seconds

Deborah Harper, President of Psychjourney, interviews Dr. Janja Lalich, co-author of Take Back Your Life: Recovering from Cults and Abusive Relationships with Madeleine Tobias published by Bay Tree Publishing .
Janja Lalich, Ph.D.

Janja Lalich, Ph.D. is a researcher, author, and educator specializing in cults and extremist groups, with a focus on charismatic relationships, political and other social movements, ideology and social control, and issues of gender and sexuality. She has served as a consultant to educational, mental health, business, media and legal professionals, as well as to members, former members, and families of members of controversial groups. She is Associate Professor of Sociology at California State University, Chico.

Her recent book is Bounded Choice: True Believers and Charismatic Cults. Dr. Lalich has written and lectured extensively and is author, co-author, or editor of numerous books, articles, and chapters. Her most recent book is Take Back Your Life: Recovering from Cults and Abusive Relationships.

Her other books include Crazy Therapies: What Are They? Do They Work? and Cults in Our Midst both coauthered with the renowned cult expert and clinical psychologist Dr. Margaret Thaler Singer. 

Also Dr. Lalich was guest editor of Women Under the Influence: A Study of Women's Lives in Totalist Groups, a special issue of the Cultic Studies Journal (vol. 14,1,1997).

Dr. Lalich is the founder and director of the Center for Research on Influence & Control, a cult research and resource center. Over the years she has met with and interviewed hundreds of current and former members of groups and their families. She has also been a consultant to attorneys, mental health professionals, health professionals, educators, and the media. She is often interviewed about cult-related events. A member of the American Sociological Association, the Association for the Sociology of Religion, and the Society for the Scientific Study of Religion.

Dr. Lalich presents regularly at academic and lay conferences. She has appeared on Meet the Press, national and local news programs, talk shows, cable documentaries, as well as on radio and Internet programs, such as NPR's To the Best of Our Knowledge and Morning Edition, the BBC's Thinking Allowed, and Time/CNN Impact and Omni magazine's LiveScience online. She can be reached at 530-898-5542 or [email protected]. Visit the Safe Passage Foundation website.


Psychjourney Audio Book Club: Take Back Your Life: Recovering from Cults and Abusive Relationships