Books Recommended By Tik

One key tool for Tik, in breaking free mentally from MCM, he tells us, was reading  books written by experts on authoritarian cults.

Tik recommends the following authors for those who want to learn more:

Steven Hassan, M.Ed., LMHC, NCC is one of the foremost authorities on cults and mind control. He has been involved in educating the public about mind control, brainwashing and destructive cults since 1976.

Books by Steve that Tik recommends:

Combatting Mind Control

Releasing -Bonds-Empowering People to Think for Themselves


Margaret Thaler Singer was an expert in cults and sects, brainwashing, and coercive persuasion or coercive mind control (see the page on Coercive Mind Control). She documented the experiences of North Korean POWs, was twice nominated for the Nobel Prize, and received several other awards.

Tik recommends this book by Margaret:

Cults In Our Midst


Janja Lalich, Ph.D. is Associate Professor of Sociology at California State University, Chico. Her research and writing has focused on cults and controversial groups, with a specialization in charismatic authority, power relations, ideology, and social control. Jana was involved in a Marxist authoritarian group. Janja, an atheist and lesbian to boot, is Tik’s favorite author and speaker. He credits her book Captive Hearts- Captive Minds and Bounded Choice- True Believers and Charismatic Cults as being instrumental in his final release from MCM.

Books by Janja that Tik recommends:

Captive Hearts- Captive Minds

Bounded Choice- True Believers and Charismatic Cults

Take Back Your Life


Mike Caulk recommend that Tik read the following two books by George Orwell and he found them very helpful

Animal Farm