Alexandra Stein

Alexandra Stein teaches at the Mary Ward Centre, and was formerly an associate lecturer of Social Psychology at Birkbeck, University of London. She is a writer and educator specializing in the study of cults and ideological extremism. Her latest book, "Terror, Love and Brainwashing: Attachment in cults and totalitarian systems" was published in 2017 by Routledge. She is an ex-member of a political cult and has documented that experience in her book, "Inside Out." Stein offers prevention education programs and materials to help people understand how to identify and protect themselves from recruitment to cultic or extremist groups. For more information visit
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Another Attack and Still Little Prevention Education

By educating people about coercive and dangerous relationships that lead to radicalization, we can build resilience to these methods in our population. Another attack, and once again I ask myself: When will we begin to educate our young people to recognize and protect themselves from the dangerous relationships that lead to such tragic consequences? The researchers at the excellent... Continue Reading

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Cult Attraction is Not a Problem of Logic

What are cults, and how do they work? Cults come in a great variety of forms: from the largely religious ones to terrorist groups that train suicide bombers; from right-wing to the ingrown “left” political groups that thrived in the 1970s and 1980s; and from get-rich-quick to personal growth groups. Although they are not all violent, they do share common features that enable them to exert... Continue Reading

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