The Cult of Trump: A Leading Cult Expert Explains How the President Uses Mind Control

· Simon and Schuster · Narrated by Steven Hassan
9 reviews
10 hr 42 min
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A masterful and eye-opening examination of Trump and the coercive control tactics he uses to build a fanatical devotion in his supporters written by “an authority on breaking away from cults…an argument that…bears consideration as the next election cycle heats up” (Kirkus Reviews).

Since the 2016 election, Donald Trump’s behavior has become both more disturbing and yet increasingly familiar. He relies on phrases like, “fake news,” “build the wall,” and continues to spread the divisive mentality of us-vs.-them. He lies constantly, has no conscience, never admits when he is wrong, and projects all of his shortcomings on to others. He has become more authoritarian, more outrageous, and yet many of his followers remain blindly devoted. Scott Adams, the creator of Dilbert and a major Trump supporter, calls him one of the most persuasive people living. His need to squash alternate information and his insistence of constant ego stroking are all characteristics of other famous leaders—cult leaders.

In The Cult of Trump, mind control and licensed mental health expert Steven Hassan draws parallels between our current president and people like Jim Jones, David Koresh, Ron Hubbard, and Sun Myung Moon, arguing that this presidency is in many ways like a destructive cult. He specifically details the ways in which people are influenced through an array of social psychology methods and how they become fiercely loyal and obedient. Hassan was a former “Moonie” himself, and he presents a “thoughtful and well-researched analysis of some of the most puzzling aspects of the current presidency, including the remarkable passivity of fellow Republicans [and] the gross pandering of many members of the press” (Thomas G. Gutheil, MD and professor of psychiatry, Harvard Medical School).

The Cult of Trump is an accessible and in-depth analysis of the president, showing that under the right circumstances, even sane, rational, well-adjusted people can be persuaded to believe the most outrageous ideas. “This book is a must for anyone who wants to understand the current political climate” (Judith Stevens-Long, PhD and author of Living Well, Dying Well).

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9 reviews
Greg Krimer
January 26, 2020
Eye-opening, well researched, terrifying. The clearest exposition of how ordinary people are tricked into supporting the right wing agenda against their own interests as told by an expert in cults and coersive persuasion techniques. The mind is malleable. The gaslighting by Trump and his cronies has an effect.
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Andrew Lee
October 23, 2019
This is book does not belong under, "religion & spirituality," despite the mention of "cult". Psychology, mental health? Most definitely. Religion? That is an academically unsound attribution. Aside from the topic at hand, it is hardly an academic reading. In Steven Hassan's more accomplished book, "Combatting Cult Mind Control," makes mention of Lifton's Eight Criteria of Mind Control, but the arguments of this book can't even hold a candle unless Steven Hassan employs his own word manipulation to convince the reader to his point of view. Ironically, that is simply another tactic of thought reform, aka mind control, aka brainwashing. Isn't that simply how life is nowdays? There's the cult of liberal media and the cult of conservative media. Again, psychology? yes. Religion? whatever.
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July 15, 2020
CULT !!! You're just a scam artist. You Trump haters are so pathetic .. jealousy is unbecoming ! So the cult here are the people that support Trump ? Trump didn't Win the popular vote nor did he win the midterm election and lost the house ...But those nasty trump supporters they are a cult.. Too Funny, well get ready the Cult is coming back in Nov. to win another landslide Victory !!! Trump 2020 ! Can't wait for Scary Trump Cult part II
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About the author

Steven Hassan is a mental health professional who specializes in helping people to recover from mind control as well as helping loved ones to exit without coercion. He has been helping people leave destructive relationships and organizations since 1976 after he was rescued from the infamous cult, the Moonies. Hassan directs the Freedom of Mind Resource Center, a counseling and publishing organization outside of Boston, teaches at Harvard Medical School and Brigham and Women’s Hospital, and is pursuing a doctorate from Fielding University. He is the author of Combating Cult Mind Control and Releasing the Bonds and Freedom of Mind: Helping Loved Ones Leave Controlling People, Cults, and Beliefs.

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