Thought Reform Exists: Organized, Programmatic Influence - 1994-06-01

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F0.png Thought Reform Exists: Organized, Programmatic Influence June 1, 1994, Margaret Thaler Singer, Cult Observer

Recently, cult apologists have attempted to create the impression that the scientific community has rejected the concept of thought reform. This is untrue.

As recently as May of this year, the new Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-IV) published by the American Psychiatric Association cites thought reform as a contributing factor to "Dissociative Disorder Not Otherwise Specified" (a diagnosis frequently given to former cult members). Thought reform (notes 1,2,3 below) and its synonyms brainwashing and coercive persuasion (4,5) were also noted in DSM-III (1980) and in DSM-III-Revised (1987), as well as in widely recognized medical texts (6,7).


{{cite news | first = Margaret Thaler | last = Singer | title = Thought Reform Exists: Organized, Programmatic Influence | url = http://www.icsahome.com/infoserv_articles/singer_margaret_thoughtreform.htm | work = Cult Observer | date = June 1, 1994 | accessdate = January 14, 2017 }}