For the first episode of Mental Health Awareness Month, I’ve decided to share an episode that is not only SO interesting but also sheds lights on a little known fact about myself — I was once recruited into the NXIVM sex cult. For those who don’t know, NXIVM was an American cult that engaged in sex trafficking, forced labor, and racketeering while claiming to be a “Self-Help Group.” This week, I sat down with Ifellow podcast host, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, and cult specialist, Rachel Bernstein. Together we explore the mentality and psychology of cult membership, and Rachel explains how and why people are drawn into cults, what keeps them there, and the aftermath that can occur if they leave. Rachel was recently featured in the STARZ Documentary Seduced: Inside The NXIVM Cult, and touches on her experience with that, too!
To hear more about this subject or get in touch with Rachel, visit http://www.rachelbernsteintherapy.com, send her an email at firstname.lastname@example.org and follow her podcast at @indoctrinationpodcast!
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