Snapping
by Flo Conway and Jim Siegelman

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


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