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Scientology Myths - what is fact? what is fiction?
chapter: Deprogramming
  • Q: What is Deprogramming?

Q: What is Deprogramming?

Deprogramming (referring to the pseudo-therapy in which the member of an unpopular or controversial religion is abducted, involuntarily detained, and repeatedly demeaned/harangued/harassed/threatened by individuals, usually paid by that person’s family, until that person recants the faith system) has become a term in popular culture. Recently, given the unsavory reputations of many deprogrammers, they have adopted new euphemisms for their roles, such as "interventionists" and "exit counselors."

A lot of ex-members now numbing their bad conscience with public attacks against their former religion have actually been deprogrammed.

DOCUMENTATION:
Cesnur Study (at cesnur.org)
Frank Flinn, expert statement