International Cultic Studies Association (ICSA)

International Cultic Studies Association (ICSA)

Founded in 1979, the International Cultic Studies Association (ICSA) is a global network of people concerned about psychological manipulation and abuse in cultic or high-demand groups, alternative movements, and other environments. ICSA is tax-exempt, supports civil liberties, and is not affiliated with any religious or commercial organizations.

ICSA is unique in how it brings together former group members, families, helping professionals and researchers.

ICSA’s mission is to apply research and professional perspectives to:

Help former members of cultic and other high-control environments

Provide guidance and support to families of people involved in high-control environments

Educate the public about psychological manipulation and the harmful effects of high-control environments

Encourage, support, and conduct research to advance understanding of psychological manipulation and high-control environments

And Support helping professionals interested in this area.




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BDP Central

BDP Central

Being a borderline feels like eternal hell. Nothing less. Pain, anger, confusion, never knowing how I’m gonna feel from one minute to the next. Hurting because I hurt those whom I love. Feeling misunderstood. Nothing gives me pleasure. Wanting to die but not being able to kill myself because I’d feel too much guilt for those I’d hurt, and then feeling angry about that so I cut myself or take an overdose to make all the feelings go away.

Some assumptions about BPD may include:

I must be loved by all the important people in my life always or else I am worthless. I must be completely competent in all ways to be a worthwhile person.

Some people are good and everything about them is perfect. Other people are thoroughly bad and should be severely blamed and punished for it.

My feelings are always caused by external events. I have no control over my emotions or the things I do in reaction to them.

Nobody cares about me as much as I care about them, so I always lose everyone I care about-despite the desperate things I try to do to stop them from leaving me.

If someone treats me badly, then I become bad.

When I am alone, I become nobody and nothing.

I will be happy only when I can find an all-giving, perfect person to love me and take care of me no matter what.

But if someone close to this loves me, then something must be wrong with them.

I can’t stand the frustration that I feel when I need something from someone and I can’t get it. I’ve got to do something to make it go away.




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Schizophrenia

Schizophrenia

The site is managed by a group of independent volunteers and contractors around the world – most of whom are either family members (with sons and daughters, brothers and sisters, or parents who have suffered from schizophrenia) or people who have schizophrenia. While most of our writers are students of psychiatry, psychology and neuroscience, for the most part we are not full-time working mental health professionals but we are very familiar with the disease both through direct personal experience and extensive reading on the topic.

We rely upon what we believe are good sources of scientifically accurate materials relating to schizophrenia and frequently consult with an ever growing group of schizophrenia researchers who act as unofficial advisors to the site.




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National Education Alliance for Borderline Personality Disorder (NEA-BPD)

National Education Alliance for Borderline Personality Disorder (NEA-BPD)

The Mission of NEA-BPD is to provide education, raise public awareness and understanding, decrease stigma, promote research and enhance the quality of life of those affected by Borderline Personality Disorder.

NEA.BPD works with families and persons in recovery, raises public awareness, provides education to professionals, promotes research, and works with Congress to enhance the quality of life for those affected by this serious but treatable mental illness.

Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) is a serious psychological and psychosocial disorder where people have extreme difficulties regulating their emotions. Problems include intense and volatile emotions (such as shame, anger, sadness or anxiety), chaotic relationships, impulsivity, unstable sense of self, suicide attempts, self-harm, fears of abandonment, and chronic feelings of emptiness.With effective treatment and support, data show that most people with BPD can make great progress, with important gains even in one year across a variety of problem areas. Many will no longer meet criteria for BPD. Similarly, data show that with help, family members also report big reductions in grief and feelings of burden, as well as an increased sense of mastery and family satisfaction. Over time, 80% of BPD sufferers reduce their symptoms.

 




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Association for Research in Personality

Association for Research in Personality

What are the benefits of ARP Membership? Members receive online access to the journals at a significantly reduced annual rate. Members can also register for the biennial ARP Conference at a discounted rate. Regarding the journals, JRP publishes theoretical and empirical work in the traditional areas of personality psychology, including both trait and dynamic process-oriented approaches, as well as work from related areas (e.g., genetics, cognitive neuroscience, developmental psychology) that is relevant to understanding both normal and pathological aspects of personality. SPPS, co-sponsored with several other scientific societies, publishes cutting-edge, short reports of important studies in personality and social psychology. Regarding the ARP Conference, we hold a stand-alone meeting every other year. It is an opportunity for researchers to present and discuss cutting edge research about personality.

 




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International Society of Political Psychology

International Society of Political Psychology

The International Society of Political Psychology was founded by Jeanne N. Knutson of the Department of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences, University of California, Los Angeles in 1978. Since that time, the Society has grown to over 800 members who share this area of scholarly interest.

ISPP has established a tradition of scholarly excellence at its annual meetings. Each meeting since the first one in New York City in September of 1978 has brought together hundreds of conferees in a multi-day program of intensive workshops, panel discussions, invited addresses, and special events. Society meetings generally offer over 100 panels, round tables, and workshops, with over 300 presentations. The locations of annual meetings rotate between North America, Europe and other locations around the globe.




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Mental Health Europe (MHE)

Mental Health Europe (MHE)

Mental Health Europe is an umbrella organization which represents associations, organizations and individuals active in the field of mental health and well-being in Europe, including (ex)users of mental health services, volunteers and professionals. As such, MHE bridges the gap between its 73 member organizations and the European institutions, and keeps its members informed and involved in any developments at European Union level.

MHE’s work takes different forms. As the main mental health organization active in Brussels, MHE is committed to advocating for its cause, whether this takes the form of submitting amendments to legislation, consulting with the European Commission, forming alliances with other organizations or being part of expert groups. Mental health Europe also develops and coordinates its own projects, conducts and disseminates research. Working to inform the general public on the plight of people with mental health problems, Mental Health Europe also cooperates closely with the media, and is often featured in prominent media outlets in Brussels and beyond.




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Society for the Study of Social Problems

Society for the Study of Social Problems

SSSP members are an interdisciplinary community of scholars, practitioners, advocates, and students interested in the application of critical, scientific, and humanistic perspectives to the study of vital social problems. If you are involved in scholarship or action in pursuit of a just society nationally or internationally, you belong in the SSSP. You will meet others engaged in research to find the causes and consequences of social problems, as well as others seeking to apply existing scholarship to the formulation of social policies. Many members are social scientists by training. Many teach in colleges and universities. Increasing numbers work in applied research and policy settings. Membership is open to anyone who supports SSSP’s goals.




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