As a former Scientologist and cult expert, Chris will discuss how high control groups work, what makes them so harmful and the techniques they use to ensnare otherwise unsuspecting people. It's not about belief systems or UFOs or oddball ideas. It's about a structure of control, undue influence and manipulation, and using people's natural tendencies to think emotionally rather than rationally that gives destructive cults a seeming advantage over regular people, who often don't see what is happening to them as it's happening. Chris will discuss how this happens and ways to detect or counter it from happening to you and those you love. There will also be a Q&A portion so Chris can answer your questions about destructive cults in general and Scientology specifically.
Chris Shelton is an author, professional YouTuber, public speaker and former cult member turned activist. He was part of the Church of Scientology and worked at its highest levels for 17 years before leaving in 2013.
He has been an outspoken critic ever since, speaking around the country about the dangers of destructive cults and has appeared on numerous podcasts, radio and TV including on Leah Remini’s Scientology and the Aftermath on A&E. Chris also works to promote critical thinking, skepticism and reason.
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