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These manipulative buzzwords might be all over your social media feed…

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The documentary was never about its subjects making amends with the past. It was about shifting alliances, like any good reality TV show.

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Julie Salter in the 1980s when she was working as the personal assistant to Kuttan Nair, also known as Swami Vishnudevananda. Photo courtesy of Julie Salter.

An ex-disciple of Swami Vishnudevananda reveals a decade of abuse, sparking a crisis in Sivananda yoga that is still unfolding


Great Escape

A charismatic leader, mind control, and other telltale signs

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Steven Hassan knows a thing or two about cults—he’s a former Moonie. His new book explores how Trump’s ideology mirrors indoctrination.


YOUTH NOW

I ditched my wife and kids to party in the woods with 250 sex-positive millennials

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