Book Traveling Thursday – Mental Health

Book Traveling Thursdays is a meme I just found on Goodreads. Every week, they post a new subject and you choose a book that fits the theme.  Then, share covers for that book according to the following rules…

  1. Original cover
  2. Cover from your country
  3. Your favorite cover
  4. Your least favorite cover

It looks like a ton of fun!  So let’s start now.

This week’s theme: Mental Health

Combatting Cult Mind Control by Steven Hassan

This is a really interesting book written by an expert in the field.  He also has personal experience as a person who exited a high control group (cult) and has a lot of insight into how they work and what being part of a cult does to a person.

One of the first things that surprised me was that even though you may think of a cult as always religious in nature there are many different kinds! Religious, political, educational, commercial organizations and even sex-trafficking groups can qualify as a cult.  Ultimately, a cult can be identified by the B.I.T.E. model.   A cult will hold it’s members under tight control in the following areas:

  • Behavior – “control of a members environment – where they live, what clothes they wear, what food they eat, how much sleep they get, what jobs, rituals and other actions they perform.”
  • Information – “Deny a person the information they require to make sound judgements and they will be come incapable of doing so … Most importantly, people are told to avoid contact with ex-members and critics. Those people who could provide the most outside – that is real – information are to be completely shunned.”
  • Thoughts – “includes indoctrinating members so thoroughly that they internalize the group doctrine, incorporate a new language system and use thought-stopping techniques to keep their mind “centered”. In order to be a good member, a person must learn to manipulate their own thought processes.”
  • Emotional – “attempts to manipulate and narrow the range of a persons feelings. All ornothing … guilt and fear figure mightily … They are both essential tools to keep people under control.”

Cult’s are not just that weird looking group of hippies that like to sit on the corner and pass out flowers, they are highly organized and in some cases well-respected groups who control their members and inhibit them from living an existence independent of their organization.

Ok, now on to the covers.  There really aren’t a lot of variations. To start with, here is the cover of the most recent edition..


Pretty straightforward right?


Now just because I love Japanese books, here is their edition. Simple. Nothing special.

cult italian.jpg

And here is the Italian version. I get what they are going for, but I feel like the font and color scheme is a little odd.  It strikes me as a little frivolous and silly. But that could just be me.

It’s an excellent book if you’re ever interested in reading it. Hope you enjoyed the post!


5 thoughts on “Book Traveling Thursday – Mental Health

  1. Wow– I learned a ton from this BTT, which is not typical. Thanks for educating me!! I also love Japanese book covers, too. They are so fascinating.
    I will be adding this to my TBR, but it might be a while before I read it. 😜

  2. Huh, interesting! If you liked this, you might like ‘Them’ by Jon Ronson – I read it a couple of years ago and there are still sections that I think about to this day.

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