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We think of cults as bizarre, inexplicable or otherworldly places that only strange people inhabit, but cults and other abusive and high-demand groups (and relationships) are actually quite commonplace. In fact, the behaviors, social pressures and authoritarian structures that create cults exist to a greater or lesser extent in every human relationship and every human group. 

In the first in-depth research of its kind, the author interviewed 65 people who were born in or grew up in 39 different cultic groups spanning more than a dozen countries. What’s especially interesting about these individuals is that they each left the cult on their own, without outside help or internal support. 

In Escaping Utopia: Growing Up in a Cult, Getting Out, and Starting Over, the authors craft Lalich’s original and groundbreaking research into an accessible and engaging book, the first of its kind focusing on this particular population.

©2019 Taylor & Francis (P)2019 Taylor & Francis

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  • Elijah
  • 2020-04-06

Powerful eye opening book

This book should be studied by everyone. Dangerous cults are growing at a alarming rate, and it is very important that we educate ourselves on this subject to protect ourselves and our love ones. Escaping Utopia is full of the pointers we need to accomplish this.

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  • Mars
  • 2021-09-06

Janja Lalich and Karla McLaren are phenomenal

The authors do an amazing job of informing the reader to the warning signs of toxic groups, as well as accompanying it with advice on how to recognize healthy organizations. More than that, Lalich and McLaren set the stage for 60+ cult survivors to be able to tell their stories through the chapters of this informative, helpful, and difficult-to-put-down book. Highly recommend.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2021-07-11

Very informative

If you want a deeper understanding of what people go through inside of cults and how to help them on the outside, this is a great listen. It is very well narrated as well

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  • Carol
  • 2021-01-03

Real stories

A good guide to see if you are part of a toxic group. A must read for therapists!