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" Those terms are used in a way that control you and bind you
further to the group or the relationship."
M: You're my soul mate or you’re not my soul
mate, you're my twin flame, you're so much
more than a soul mate. I had that experience of
someone trying to convince me into believing I
was his twin flame. I wasn’t really buying it so
he sent me to all these various spiritual
practitioners, hoping they would tell me that I
was his twin flame and they all said he wasn’t
my twin flame, it was somebody else, and he
immediately called them all charlatans!
J: That's funny. It's not funny, but it's funny. You
know there's a group called Twin Flames.
M: I found out yesterday, which is why I
suddenly thought of that.
J: It's a quite damaging group, in my opinion. A
reporter in Canada did a big article on them
and then they tried to sue her. I was quoted in
the article and they sent me threatening emails.
They are all internet based, as far as I know.
M: Going back to Seduced, you talked about
Keith Raniere taking feminist terms and giving
them new meanings and using something
that's familiar to people but using it in a way
that's actually tearing them down. Could you
expand on that, as I think it is a really important
point. Why they do it, and also how to
recognise what they're doing, if that's possible?
J: I don't know if you're familiar with the work of
Robert Lifton. He is a psychiatrist who did the
first books on what he called “thought reform,”
or brainwashing. He studied the thought reform
programme in Communist China after Mao
became the leader and Lifton studied Korean
War veterans who’d been in prison camps.
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