24 episodes

Steven Hassan, PhD, is one of the leading experts on cults and undue influence in the world. A former member of the right-wing Moonie cult, Hassan was deprogrammed 45 years ago and has dedicated his life to helping people out of cults and destructive situations. Dr. Hassan is a licensed mental health professional and has written four books, including The Cult of Trump and the seminal book Combating Cult Mind Control. On this podcast, Steve will explain HOW mind-control works, and how to protect yourself from its grips. He will also address ethical influence as the podcast will address the entire Influence Continuum. He’ll interview the biggest names in this field.

The Influence Continuum with Dr. Steven Hassan Meidas Media Network, Dr. Steven Hassan

    • Society & Culture
    • 4.9 • 287 Ratings

Steven Hassan, PhD, is one of the leading experts on cults and undue influence in the world. A former member of the right-wing Moonie cult, Hassan was deprogrammed 45 years ago and has dedicated his life to helping people out of cults and destructive situations. Dr. Hassan is a licensed mental health professional and has written four books, including The Cult of Trump and the seminal book Combating Cult Mind Control. On this podcast, Steve will explain HOW mind-control works, and how to protect yourself from its grips. He will also address ethical influence as the podcast will address the entire Influence Continuum. He’ll interview the biggest names in this field.

    The NXIVM cult with whistleblowers Sarah Edmondson and Anthony “Nippy” Ames

    The NXIVM cult with whistleblowers Sarah Edmondson and Anthony “Nippy” Ames

    Sarah Edmondson and Anthony “Nippy” Ames are former members of the NXIVM cult but today are some of the most visible whistleblowers of the cult. They host the popular podcast “A Little Bit Culty,” and Sarah is the author of “Scarred: The True Story of How I Escaped NXIVM, the Cult That Bound My Life.” In this wide-ranging conversation, we talk about NXIVM and the attributes we also find in other cults. We talk about human trafficking (what NXIVM cult leader Keith Raniere was convicted of) and how intelligent, educated people can fall victim to a cult leader.
    Learn more about Dr. Steven Hassan's work and find more resources at his website FreedomOfMind.com.
    Follow Dr. Hassan on Twitter here.

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    MeidasTouch: https://pod.link/1510240831
    Legal AF: https://pod.link/1580828595
    The PoliticsGirl Podcast: https://pod.link/1595408601
    The Influence Continuum: https://pod.link/1603773245
    Kremlin File: https://pod.link/1575837599
    Mea Culpa with Michael Cohen: https://pod.link/1530639447
    Zoomed In: https://pod.link/1580828633
    The Weekend Show: https://pod.link/1612691018

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    • 58 min
    Living Well and Dying Well with Judith Stevens-Long, Ph.D

    Living Well and Dying Well with Judith Stevens-Long, Ph.D

    For this week’s episode, we’re focusing on the POSITIVE side of the Influence Continuum. I interview Judy Stevens-Long, Ph.D. Judy is a faculty emerita at Fielding Graduate University, where she served as Associate Dean for Curriculum Development from 2001-2008. She is an expert in developmental psychology and was my mentor for my doctoral program and oversaw my dissertation. Her research publications range from works on child development to work on death and dying. She is the author of “Living Well, Dying Well: A Guide to Choices, Costs, and Consequences” (with co-author Dohrea Bardell). In this episode, we talk about death, but this is not a depressing episode! We talk about living a full life and choices we can make to improve our lives and make death less daunting.
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    • 1 hr
    4th Generation Warfare and The Christian Right with James Scaminaci III

    4th Generation Warfare and The Christian Right with James Scaminaci III

    James Scaminaci III is an expert on 4th generation warfare. He has a Ph.D. from Stanford University in political sociology and is a retired US Navy Reserve intelligence officer. He was a senior civilian military intelligence analyst responsible for the Balkans and the former Soviet Union. Following the Balkan conflicts of the 1990s, from outside and inside the former Yugoslavia, James learned a great deal about how political and religious ideologies interact and combine into ethno-nationalist projects that delegitimize left-wing governing philosophies (that often end in genocide).

    His expertise on 4th generation warfare has wide-reaching implications for today.
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    • 52 min
    The roots of racism in the Christian Right with John Collins

    The roots of racism in the Christian Right with John Collins

    John Collins grew up as “royalty” in the William Branham “Message” cult. He has worked tirelessly to understand and reveal its true history with the KKK and its influence on modern Pentecostalism today. He has authored two books and built an incredible website to expose the facts of this criminal, white supremacist, misogynistic cult. John helps us realize an essential part of American authoritarianism which to this day has an international following. By freeing himself from the mental and emotional damage he suffered as a child growing up in that atmosphere, he can help millions realize they were following a false prophet, believing they are just being “Christian.” There is a growing movement of people realizing it was really about power, money, sex and politics, and not religion. They are exiting and reclaiming their own “Freedom of Mind!”
    Learn more about Dr. Steven Hassan's work and find more resources at his website FreedomOfMind.com.
    Follow Dr. Hassan on Twitter here.

    Remember to subscribe to ALL the Meidas Media Podcasts:
    MeidasTouch: https://pod.link/1510240831
    Legal AF: https://pod.link/1580828595
    The PoliticsGirl Podcast: https://pod.link/1595408601
    The Influence Continuum: https://pod.link/1603773245
    Kremlin File: https://pod.link/1575837599
    Mea Culpa with Michael Cohen: https://pod.link/1530639447
    Zoomed In: https://pod.link/1580828633
    The Weekend Show: https://pod.link/1612691018
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    • 1 hr 2 min
    How we Fight Human Trafficking With Paul Chang

    How we Fight Human Trafficking With Paul Chang

    Paul Chang serves as a Regional Anti-Human Trafficking Coordinator at the U.S. Department of Labor – Wage and Hour Division. In his 25+ years with the agency, Paul worked on some of the most notorious cases as an investigator and Assistant District Director. He’s developed numerous training materials and programs that also utilize my BITE Model and Influence Continuum. He has also been on a special assignment to the White House Initiative on Asian Americans Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders (WHIAANHPI) since 2013 where he currently serves as the National Co-Chair of the Regional Network.

    Learn more about Dr. Steven Hassan's work and find more resources at his website FreedomOfMind.com.
    Follow Dr. Hassan on Twitter here.

    Remember to subscribe to ALL the Meidas Media Podcasts:
    MeidasTouch: https://pod.link/1510240831
    Legal AF: https://pod.link/1580828595
    The PoliticsGirl Podcast: https://pod.link/1595408601
    The Influence Continuum: https://pod.link/1603773245
    Kremlin File: https://pod.link/1575837599
    Mea Culpa with Michael Cohen: https://pod.link/1530639447
    Zoomed In: https://pod.link/1580828633
    The Weekend Show: https://pod.link/1612691018
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    • 1 hr 3 min
    Traditionalist ideology: From Ginni Thomas to Vladimir Putin

    Traditionalist ideology: From Ginni Thomas to Vladimir Putin

    n this episode, I interview Joe Szimhart. Joe is a cult information specialist I have known for decades. He is also an author and knows a great deal about psychology. Joe appears in the unearthed 1986 former member video I recently shared as a former CUT and Agni Yoga member. Like me, Joe is a former cult member who uses his experience to help others understand and reevaluate destructive cults. Joe and I talk about current events and cult behaviors we recognize all over the world. We talk about Clarence Thomas’s wife Ginni, her deprogrammer Kevin Garvey, Vladimir Putin, and the ideology that binds them.

    For more of Joe’s work, visit his website: jszimhart.com
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    • 46 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
287 Ratings

287 Ratings

Mac 2173 ,

Informative podcast

I can’t began to say how much I’ve learned about mind control and authoritarianism. My family exited a religious cult 2 1/2 years ago which operated in a lot of these deceptive beliefs - Dr. Hassan talks about in his podcasts with expert’s. I will continue to listen and educate myself.

Pads Paws & Claws ,

Vitally Important

What an excellent and vitally important podcast this is. I have learned so much. I always finish with at least one new resource to look for as well. Thank you Dr. Hassan for doing this vital work.

JosTAussie ,

So helpful

This podcast is so informative about cults and mind control it is essential listening for anyone who has lost a loved one to the Cult of Trump. Of the 20 podcasts I’m following this is the most important because it helps explain so much about the divided crazy world we’re trying to survive

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