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Take Back Your Life
Recovering from Cults and Abusive Relationships
by Janja Lalich & Madeleine Tobias
"I wish every cult member, and every family of a cult member, struggling to free herself from the trauma of membership in a destructive relationship could read Take Back Your Life. It offers the powerful healing medicine of understanding.”
- Eugene Methvin
Senior Editor for Reader’s Digest
About the Authors
Janja Lalich, Ph.D., is Professor Emerita of Sociology at California State University, Chico. She has been studying the cult phenomenon since the late 1980s, after a ten-year membership in a political cult. She has facilitated workshops and support groups for ex-cult members and other abuse survivors, and has been interviewed by national and international media outlets. She is the author of Bounded Choice: True Believers and Charismatic Cults, and co-author with Karla McLaren of Escaping Utopia: Growing Up in a Cult, Getting Out, and Starting Over. She is also coauthor with Margaret Thaler Singer of Cults in Our Midst and “Crazy” Therapies: What Are They? Do They Work? She may be contacted through her website: www.cultresearch.org.
Madeleine Tobias, M.S., R.N., C.S., is a retired psychotherapist, who worked as Clinical Coordinator
at the Vet Center in White River Junction, Vermont, where she treated veterans who experienced combat and/or sexual trauma while in the military. Previously, she had a private practice in Connecticut and was an exit counselor helping ex-members of cultic groups and relationships.
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