121 episodes

Welcome to IndoctriNation: A weekly podcast covering cults, manipulators, and protecting yourself from systems of control.

IndoctriNation Rachel Bernstein

    • Religion & Spirituality
    • 4.8, 86 Ratings

Welcome to IndoctriNation: A weekly podcast covering cults, manipulators, and protecting yourself from systems of control.

    What's a MGTOW? Rachel joins The Morning Pile for discussion - S5E16

    What's a MGTOW? Rachel joins The Morning Pile for discussion - S5E16

    What's a Mgtow? Rachel makes an appearance on the YouTube show "The Morning Pile" and has a great conversation with the hosts of the show discussing the conspiratorial views of a group called MGTOW, or Men Going Their Own Way. You get to hear it here on the podcast.

    They all explore the possible reasons there is hostility built into the mindset of the group, why that feels like it "helps" the members, and if it seems like it has the characteristics of a cult.

    You can find the original video on the Morning Pile YouTube channel, or there is a link on our Patreon. Enjoy this "cross-over" episode!

    • 1 hr 15 min
    Investing in Yourself with Audrey Brewer, former multi-level marketer - S5E15pt2

    Investing in Yourself with Audrey Brewer, former multi-level marketer - S5E15pt2

    Audrey Brewer lives in the Carolinas and is a resource for homeless women and girls. This week she continues telling her story about working in multi level marketing, how she chose to leave, and the loss, anger and fear she was left with.

    Audrey shares the ways that she taught her team to be successful salespeople through a process called "duplication". The idea is to foster several other apprentices to support the company the way that you already do. This involved providing scripts for online selling events and sharing formulaic tips on how to market for Facebook and other social media.

    Stay tuned, Before You Go: What is the turning point for people who realize they are being manipulated? What keeps them from leaving the group, or abuser, even if they can easily tell it is working against their best personal interest?

    Be sure to join us on patreon.com/IndoctriNation to show your support for public education of controlling groups. Thank you!

    Shout out to our newest Patron, Lenora DeRoy Paul!

    • 57 min
    Success, At Any Cost w/ Audrey Brewer, former multi-level marketer - S5E15pt1

    Success, At Any Cost w/ Audrey Brewer, former multi-level marketer - S5E15pt1

    Audrey was formerly a high-ranking member of a multi-level marketing scheme. She was drawn to the opportunity to start paying off her student debts. Because of personal safety concerns, we are keeping some details anonymous. However, many pyramid schemes have successfully marketed themselves as notable brands.

    It was a group that fostered positivity by pushing each team of hungry entrepreneurs like herself to buy their success in the group through recruitments and sales. Flexing cruises, cars, and conventions on social media was a way to advertise the lifestyle of working for the brand, in order to sell the job. She began to realize that most of her relationships and conversations had the goal of selling more products-- and that it was time to end this part of her business career.

    Stay tuned, Before You Go: An impromptu, personal intervention occurs when Rachel discovers that a friend's wife is deeply entangled with an MLM scheme.

    • 1 hr 5 min
    Denying my Dissociation w/ Dr. Michelle Haslam, ex-New Kadampa Tradition - S5E14pt2

    Denying my Dissociation w/ Dr. Michelle Haslam, ex-New Kadampa Tradition - S5E14pt2

    Dr. Michelle Haslam offers her personal experience with a self-described 'modern Buddhist' group called The New Kadampa Tradition. She has produced lots of educational materials that explain the process of indoctrination within Buddhist cultic groups.

    She defines 'dissociation' and explains it within the context of her time at Nagarjuna Kadampa Meditation Centre in Northamptonshire, England. Dr. Haslam tells us about some of the new rituals and traditions developed by the group in order for it to operate.

    Stay tuned, Before You Go: The internal struggle of speaking up when a loved one is in a cultic group- with the risk of driving them away, or putting yourself at risk. Rachel reminds people who may be trying to help someone in an abusive situation that the person may be pushing you away to protect themselves.

    • 49 min
    Diagnosing My Own Thoughts w/ Dr. Michelle Haslam, ex-New Kadampa Tradition - S5E14pt1

    Diagnosing My Own Thoughts w/ Dr. Michelle Haslam, ex-New Kadampa Tradition - S5E14pt1

    Dr. Michelle Haslam is a clinical psychologist who became involved with The New Kadampa Tradition in 2016 while living in the Nagarjuna Kadampa Meditation Centre in Northamptonshire, England.

    Michelle experienced spiritual abuse within the group and despite her training as a psychologist, came to believe that she should be destroying her ego, instead of practicing self-care and self-compassion. Now she produces materials that explain the process of indoctrination within Buddhist cultic groups. Michelle has since been a target of harassment via her workplace and character assassination from senior members of the group.

    Stay tuned, Before You Go: Reserving information for those who pay can be like holding someone spiritually hostage. Find out how and why this can be a red flag for a manipulative group setting.

    • 56 min
    Paving the Way Forward w/ Carey and Chris Peck - S5E13pt2

    Paving the Way Forward w/ Carey and Chris Peck - S5E13pt2

    Rachel finishes part two of a conversation with the Peck family. Carey and Chris Peck continue to talk about social justice and intervention, the influence of the media on social issues, and the legacy of their Academy Award-winning forefather Gregory Peck.

    Chris Peck is currently a teacher of youth language arts. He talks about how modern history has been rewritten into an "us" vs. "them" narrative that erases non-white identities. Along with his father Carey Peck, they brainstorm how to foster new perspectives and strengths within communities. "People will always respond to people", says Carey, "and being united in action is critical." He stresses the importance of taking the first step together as a community to organize change.

    The clip at the very end of the show is taken from Gregory Peck's Academy Award acceptance speech for his performance as Atticus Finch in "To Kill A Mockingbird". Be sure to hear it.

    Stay Tuned, Before You Go: Rachel talks about the similarities of racist systematic supremacy and the self-righteous dogma of a cultic group.

    If you'd like to check out Chris' Podcast, you can find it here
    https://www.listennotes.com/podcasts/the-traveling-teacher-christopher-peck-QEF4TOC26WJ/

    • 56 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
86 Ratings

86 Ratings

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Love it

Informative and kind. Happy this show keeps going. I enjoy listening to former members and professionals share their stories. Hope this podcast keeps going for years to come.

Sarabeth K. ,

A place of education and understanding...

I'm a survivor of a lot of the issues discussed in this podcast. Rachel is compassionate and intelligent and does an amazing job giving vocabulary to and explanation for these systems of control. This podcast has been a part of my healing and I look forward to listening each week. I particularly have enjoyed the end segments where she speaks so directly and compassionately to people coming out of these environments about how to treat themselves. We are often abusive to ourselves and these segments remind me that inner critic inside is not valid. Subscribe and be informed and empowered!!!

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