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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Clips for Class

Clips for Class

We created this website in response to a request we hear over and over again from psychology professors would love to have more video!

We launched an extensive search for videos on the internet that could be used both in class and by students at home. The videos range from news clips, to popular television shows, to student projects, and represent many psychological fields of study.

Of course, we know there is always more out there. If you know of any video that would work for our site, or have any suggestions or comments, please send us a message.




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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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The Jung Page

The Jung Page

Carl Jung was one of the creators of modern depth psychology, which seeks to facilitate a conversation with the unconscious energies which move through each of us. He contributed many ideas which continue to inform contemporary life: complex, archetype, persona, shadow, anima and animus, personality typology, dream interpretation, individuation, and many other ideas. He had a deep appreciation of our creative life and considered spirituality a central part of the human journey. His method of interpretation of symbolic expression not only deepens our understanding of personal material, opening the psychodynamics of our personal biographies and dreams, but the deeper, collective patterns which develop within culture as well. In his memoir, Memories, Dreams, Reflections, Jung wrote that meaning comes ?when people feel they are living the symbolic life, that they are actors in the divine drama. That gives the only meaning to human life; everything else is banal and you can dismiss it. A career, producing of children, are all maya (illusion) compared to that one thing, that your life is meaningful.?

 




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Bully Online

Bully Online

One of BullyOnLine’s main benefits has always been felt by people who were suffering very unfair, often underhand and devious treatment at work, by revealing to them that their experience had a name and was predictable, and they were not to blame for it. Similarly, it has taught people who were beset by unprecedented psychological conditions that they could not explain, about the relationship between bullying, stress, anxiety, depression and other illnesses. The website has enlightened, validated and empowered bullied people for almost two decades. As well as describing bullying in considerable detail, Tim Field studied the characteristics of the people behind the bullying, and it was his settled belief that many displayed character traits in common with classic psychopaths.




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Dementia Is In The House

Dementia Is In The House

You’re here because someone you love, quite possibly one of your parents, suffers from an illness that differs from anything you’ve ever experienced. Other serious diseases, such as cancer, tend to affect patients physically; in that case it can be easier for you to see and understand the changes. But when the illness resides in the brain, everything is a mystery. Knowing what’s happening – and what you can do to help – can make a painful challenge in life a little easier.

It’s important to remember that while much confusion may surround the exact naming of your loved one’s disease, the label is far less important than the actions you can take to reduce your loss. There’s a lot you can do to help yourself and your family throughout this time.




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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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Suicidal No More

Suicidal No More

Suicidal No More: Choosing to Live with Schizoaffective Disorder is a blog by author, public speaker, and NAMI advocate Jennifer Robinson, who discusses her personal struggles and triumphs living with a serious mental illness that involves both psychosis and the symptoms of bipolar disorder. She provides coping tips, resources for people who are experiencing suicidal ideation, suggestions for reaching out for help, and information on what life is like for people who live with serious and persistent mental illnesses. This blog has been online for ten years, and since then Jennifer has co-authored the book Episodes of Schizophrenia, and been published in the anthology Parts Unbound: Narratives on Mental Illness and Health.




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