A report of the phenomena of sudden personality change. It deals primarily with
American religious cults and the self-improvement psychologies that have attracted
thousands of young Americans in the 1970s and 1980s. It has interesting information
about Hare Krishna, scientology, est, the Moonies, transcendental meditation, and
other fads. It shows how Freudian psychoanalysis and behaviorism are unable to deal
with these phenomena, because the role of ideas and information in the conscious
mind play no role in these traditional schools. It says a little bid about snapping
in the non-cult world, but not enough to really explain it.
Year Read: 1983
Libertarian Essays by Roy Halliday
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