September 1st, 2009
05:53 PM ET

Janja Lalich: "Take Back Your Life"

Program Note: Janja Lalich, an associate professor of sociology and an expert on the cult phenomenon will be on tonight to talk about how cult victims recover from "coercive influence." Tonight AC360° at 10 p.m. ET.

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Janja Lalich
Associate Professor of Sociology, California State University, Chico

Cult victims and those who have suffered abusive relationships often suffer from fear, confusion, low-self esteem, and post-traumatic stress.

Take Back Your Life explains the seductive draw that leads people into such situations, provides guidelines for assessing what happened, and hands-on tools for getting back on track. Written for the victims, their families, and professionals, this book leads readers through the healing process. A resource list and numerous personal accounts of those who have successfully made the transition to the “normal” world provide help and inspiration.

Find more information on Lalich's book here .

Filed under: Crime & Punishment • Jaycee Dugard
soundoff (One Response)
  1. Joe G. (Illinois)

    To be in a point of disadvantage requires strong heart, patience, and hope that when someone finally makes acknowledgement of your affairs that they be true in perspective. But that often times is overlooked by the lure of highlighting evil and yet, if anything, at best other forms of victim denial manifestations. Victims provide strong barriers that shield mankind.. And if mankind does not show readiness or willingness of appreciation, then victims are likely to remain silent. I’m no doctor, book writer "or reader" for that matter so.. But maybe it could be of help.

    September 1, 2009 at 9:52 pm |