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You may have seen this tweet by Dr. Steven Hassan, who has been helping people out of cults for 45 years. You should follow him on Twitter — @CultExpert.
Ginni Thomas was in a cult called Lifespring.
I got dragged unknowingly to one of their recruiting events as a teenager. It was frankly terrifying — a lot of intimidation and attempts to break down your defenses and brutal tactics to get you to sign up for a weekend course — interspersed with frantic cheering and chanting about how fucking happy they were. <shudder>
The follow up tweet is just as important. The people who helped “deprogram” Ginni Thomas may have… reprogrammed her. This makes the scenario that she is a true believer in the Big Lie more plausible which makes her proximity to one ninth of the Supreme Court even scarier.
Dr. Hassan is one of the world’s leading experts on undue influence aka brainwashing. I am not. However, I have learned enough to be able to describe how undue influence works and how QAnon created it in tens of millions of people through social media and traumatic content.
I did a podcast about it which I’m now opening up for everyone. I’ve had a few people tell me it was helpful. 💙