Concept

Deprogramming

Summary
Deprogramming is a tactic that attempts to help someone who has "strongly held convictions", coming from cults, government backed terrorist groups, or any strongly held 'faith groups'. Deprogramming without a group association is referred to as therapy and should ideally be performed with professional medical assistance using similar standards of care. Deprogramming aims to assist a person who holds a self destructive or restrictive belief system in changing those beliefs and severing connections to the associated group (religious, political, economic, or social) which created and controls that individual through their proprietary belief system. Owing to the ill-defined nature of 'controversial' belief and the group dynamic of exploitative belief groups, some methods and practices of people who have deprogrammed (deprogrammers) have involved kidnapping, false imprisonment, and coercion, which have sometimes resulted in criminal convictions. Some depro
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