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The following are a selection of texts and clips, which have been recommended as useful for processing and integrating personal experiences relevant to a history of connection to Centrepoint.
Written Resources
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What Happened to You?

Conversations on Trauma, Resilience, and Healing by Oprah Winfrey and Bruce Perry. Our earliest experiences shape our lives far down the road. This book provides powerful scientific and emotional insights into the behavioural patterns so many of us struggle to understand.

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Growing up in a cult, getting out, and starting over. Interviews with 65 raised in cults all over the world.

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The line between delusion and what the rest of us believe may be blurrier than we think.

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Clinical psychologist Lindsay Gibson exposes the destructive nature of parents who are emotionally immature or unavailable.

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The Body Keeps the Score

The urgent work of the brain after a traumatic event is to suppress it, through forgetting or self-blame, to avoid being ostracised. But the body does not forget. This excellent book by psychiatrist Bessel Van Der Kolk unpacks the neuroscience.

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A book about the two most important words in the English language - I’m sorry - and why it is so hard for many people to say them.

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An examination of the dynamics of exploitative persuasion and counselling needs. Barri Leslie 2000

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‘It never stops shaping you’: the legacy of child sexual abuse – and how to survive it

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Kim McGregor, Chief Victims Advisor, has written a practical and compassionate guide for adult survivors of sexual abuse.

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This book by Janja Lalich & Madeleine Tobias explores the seductive draw that leads people into cults, provides guidelines for assessing what happened, and tools for getting back on track.

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The Soul of Shame

Retelling the stories we believe about ourselves. This book by Curt Thompson explores the alienating power of shame, and how we can take action to combat its isolating and disconnecting effects on our lives.

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ICSA provides information, education, and help to those adversely affected by or interested in cultic and other high-control groups and relationships.

Video Resources
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Dr Gabor Mate gives a new vision of a society which understands how trauma shapes people.

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Harriet talks about the power of apologies, and how we can respond to serial non-apologisers.

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Brene Brown discusses why vulnerability is important in life, and what the research says about shame.

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Dr Harris outlines how childhood trauma affects a person across their whole life-span.

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Lilia Tawara
TED Talk

Lilia Tarawa grew up in a cult, at Gloriavale on the West Coast of New Zealand. She tells her story.

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Fire-Brown discuss how she turned a childhood of abuse and tragedy into triumph and advocacy. 

Audio Resources
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Brene Brown talks to Harriet Lerner in a 2 part podcast about how to talk to people who have deeply hurt us.

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Sarah and Nippy, former members of the NXIVM cult, interview other survivors of cults and experts in all things culty, in this podcast series about getting out.




Let the team know if there is an audio resource or a podcast which has helped you.

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