This book about a young girls journey through the world of religious cults in the 1970's sheds light on vulnerability and manipulation.
My Invisible Chains is about my experience first as a member of Sun Myung Moon’s Unification Church, more commonly known as the Moonies, then as a deprogrammer.
It shows how an idealistic “hippy”, who was adamantly against the war and the Nixon administration, from the farmlands of Nebraska could abruptly dedicate her life to follow who she came to believe was the Messiah and within a few months fast and pray at a rally on the capital steps in Washington DC, under his direction, that Nixon would not be impeached.
Why did mothers poison their babies in Jonestown? Why do suicide bombers give their life for their cause and take the lives of innocent people? Why did I leave my loving family in the heartland of America at seventeen years old to follow Sun Myung Moon?
Told in first person, taking the reader along with me into the "Moonie" cult, it becomes easy to see how this could happen and what the appeal is, why it becomes nearly impossible to think of leaving and how extremist thinking develops.
My Invisible Chains is currently an edited manuscript. I have had the help of some very skilled and talented mentors, coaches and editors to get it this far. Now it is time to publish the book. As with the writing of the book, I have reached out to experts for advice, this time in the area of self-publishing. With their guidance and agreement to help me through the process, I feel confident in moving forward with self-publishing.
The finished product will be a high quality paper back book available through standard distribution channels as well as an e-book and an audio book.
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The steps involved in publication include typesetting, cover design and proofreading. This will make the manuscript print ready and formatted for the electronic version. The audio book will take studio time and other processes associated with quality audio production. There will also be a book website launched.
The Bigger Picture
Any funds above the goal set to publish My Invisible Chains will go to the work of building a much more robust website that will make information from leading thinkers on the subject readily accessible. I will also be working toward publishing a second book.
Vulnerability is part of the human condition and serves a purpose, however it holds inherent dangers associated with mental manipulation. It is possible to mitigate that danger. I will be dedicating myself wholeheartedly to the work of lowering vulnerability to mental manipulation among those most susceptible to being taken advantage of. This is accomplished by shedding light on vulnerability and manipulation. I am very excited about launching an effort to build preventative *memes to counter infectious memes built by predators looking to take advantage of those most susceptible to manipulation.
It is easy to point to past atrocities such as Jonestown and Branch Dividian or to Nazism and suicide bombers as extreme examples of tragedies associated with mental manipulation. It's harder to understand how to prevent future examples. Tens of thousands of troops cannot prevent another Bin Laden or Jim Jones. The most loving parents do not always know how to protect their children from being taken advantage of. Education about manipulation and a deeper understanding of human vulnerability to dangerous memes can help prevent our sons and daughters from being taken advantage of by con artists, fanatics and extremists.
1 : an idea, belief or belief system, or pattern of behavior that spreads throughout a culture either vertically by cultural inheritance (as by parents to children) or horizontally by cultural acquisition (as by peers, information media, and entertainment media)
2 : a pervasive thought or thought pattern that replicates itself via cultural means; a parasitic code, a virus of the mind especially contagious to children and the impressionable3 : the fundamental unit of information, analogous to the gene in emerging evolutionary theory of culture - meme pool (n.) : all memes of a culture or individual - memetic (adj.) : relating to memes - memetics (n.) : the study of memes
- Video by Westley Cornwell
This book, My Invisible Chains, is an intimate telling of my story. It illustrates human vulnerability to manipulation. It is a way to begin to talk about a variety of situations in which people are trapped in irrational and dangerous cognitive traps. I will be working to expose all forms of manipulation and to further understand human vulnerability to being taken advantage of. Examples range from abusive relationships to suicide bombers.