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The guru papers : masks of authoritarian power

Author: Diana Alstad; Joel Kramer
Publisher: Berkeley, Calif. : Frog Books, 2014.
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The Guru Papers demonstrates with uncompromising clarity that authoritarian control, which once held societies together, is now at the core of personal, social, and planetary problems, and thus a key factor in social disintegration. It illustrates how authoritarianism is embedded in the way people think, hiding in culture, values, daily life, and in the very morality people try to live by. The book unmasks  Read more...
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Alstad, Diana.
Guru papers.
Berkeley, Calif. : Frog Books, 2014
(DLC) 93018494
(OCoLC)27684736
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Diana Alstad; Joel Kramer
ISBN: 9781583945988 1583945989
OCLC Number: 869299879
Notes: Title from resource description page (Recorded Books, viewed January 23, 2014).
Description: 1 online resource
Contents: Preface and Map of the Book --
Introduction: Why Focus on Authoritarianism (starting p. 1) --
Authority, Hierarchy, and Power (starting p. 7) --
1 Religion, Cults, and the Spiritual Vacuum (starting p. 23) --
2 Gurus and Times of Upheaval (starting p. 39) --
3 The Seductions of Surrender (starting p. 45) --
4 Guru Ploys (starting p. 61) --
5 The Assault on Reason (starting p. 73) --
6 Stages of Cults: Proselytizing to Paranoia (starting p. 77) --
7 The Attractions of Cult Hierarchy (starting p. 85) --
8 Gurus and Sexual Manipulation (starting p. 91) --
9 Gurus, Psychotherapy, and the Unconscious (starting p. 101) --
10 The Traps of Being a Guru (starting p. 107) --
11 Jim Jones and the Jonestown Mass Suicide (starting p. 115) --
12 On Channeling Disembodied Authorities (starting p. 121) --
13 Do You Create Your Own Reality? (starting p. 137) --
14 Healing Crippled Self-Trust (starting p. 151) --
Introduction: The Morals Wars (starting p. 159) --
1 Fundamentalism and the Need for Certainty (starting p. 163) --
2 Satanism and the Worship of the Forbidden: Why It Feels Good to Be Bad (starting p. 185) --
3 Who Is in Control? The Authoritarian Roots of Addiction (starting p. 207) --
4 Love and Control: The Conditions Underlying Unconditional Love (starting p. 259) --
5 Oneness, Enlightenment, and the Mystical Experience (starting p. 301) --
6 The Power of Abstraction: The Sacred Word and the Evolution of Morality (starting p. 327) --
Epilogue: Where to Go from Here? (starting p. 369) --
Index (starting p. 375)
Responsibility: Diana Alstad and Joel Kramer.

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The Guru Papers demonstrates with uncompromising clarity that authoritarian control, which once held societies together, is now at the core of personal, social, and planetary problems, and thus a key factor in social disintegration. It illustrates how authoritarianism is embedded in the way people think, hiding in culture, values, daily life, and in the very morality people try to live by. The book unmasks authoritarianism in such areas as relationships, cults, 12-step groups, religion, and contemporary morality. Chapters on addiction and love show the insidious nature of authoritarian values and ideologies in the most intimate corners of life, offering new frameworks for understanding why people get addicted and why intimacy is laden with conflict. By exposing the inner authoritarian that people use to control themselves and others, the authors show why people give up their power, and how others get and maintain it.

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