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Author's Note: How Deprogramming Works

This was a very tricky subject to write about. Open questions plague the whole matter — what's the difference between a cult and a "new" religion? Should parents feel justified intervening in their adult children's life choices? As a parent, I know it would be nearly impossible to stand by if I felt my kids were being manipulated and mistreated. On the other hand, of course, I wouldn't enjoy having my parents poke their noses into my business. But if minors are under threat or self-harm is imminent, doing nothing doesn't seem like an option.

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