Presentation at the ICSA Conference, Bordeaux, July 2017 – Theme of Conference: Cultic Dynamics and Radicalization. Radicalisation Awareness: An Opportunity to Criminalise Cultic Abuse By Anne Khodabandeh (Bio can be found here – in alphabetical order) I am not a researcher or academic or legal expert. Instead I am an expert in activism, campaigning and … Continue reading Radicalisation Awareness: An Opportunity to Criminalise Cultic Abuse
‘Brainwashing’ is routinely invoked to explain atrocities, but what does it really mean? Kathleen Taylor, The Guardian, October 8, 2005… Three months ago, on July 7, London suffered its 9/11. An attack on the capital had long been predicted and, mercifully, far fewer people were killed than in the Twin Towers. But that was no consolation … Continue reading Thought crime
The psychology of group dynamics goes a long way toward explaining what drives ordinary people toward radicalism S. Alexander Haslam and Stephen D. Reicher Scientific America, March 25, 2016… Understanding Co-radicalization Although we may think of terrorists as sadists and psychopaths, social psychology suggests they are mostly ordinary people, driven by group dynamics to do … Continue reading Fueling Terror: How Extremists Are Made
Abigail Clay, Telegraph and Argus, February 10, 2016… There are few, if any, who would dispute the fact that radicalisation of young people is a form of abuse. But those who work in safeguarding could be tackling this more effectively by recognising a disturbing but overlooked facet of this challenging issue. Let us first question … Continue reading Why improving understanding and increasing confidence among education professionals can help prevent young people from falling victim to radicalisation
…In the modern vernacular, the term brainwashing is used by ordinary people exactly to describe an unaccountable change of mind and/or personality in an otherwise normal person. Bewildered families of young people travelling to Syria say their children have been brainwashed. The government needs to catch up with scientific and social understanding of this phenomenon … Continue reading Brainwashing? There should be a law against it
…Reisss theory of what attracts people to religion is based on his research in the 1990s on motivation. He and his colleagues surveyed thousands of people and asked them to rate the degree to which they embraced hundreds of different possible goals. In the end, the researchers identified 16 basic desires that we all share: … Continue reading The psychology behind religious belief
The Tunisia gunman was an ordinary boy who loved breakdancing and Real Madrid. So how was he induced to massacre innocent people? By Prof Ian Robertson – The Telegraph, 30 Jun 2015… The father of Tunisian gunman Seifeddine Rezgui said on Sunday that Islamist extremists had ruined my sons brain with horrid thoughts and ideas, … Continue reading How does a ‘normal student’ like Seifeddine Rezgui turn into a cold-blooded murderer?
[A good article for explaining why the expression ‘cultic abuse’ is more useful than labelling a group as a cult. It is what happens to an individual in relation to a manipulator which defines the abuse. Cultic abuse can happen in any organisation…] Criteria for Recognizing a Religious Sect as a Cult May 21, 2015 … Continue reading Criteria for Recognizing a Religious Sect as a Cult