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Michael Langone

Michael D. Langone, Ph.D.
Residence United States
Nationality American
Fields psychology, cults, new religious movements
Institutions International Cultic Studies Association
Known for Recovery from Cults

Michael D. Langone is an American counseling psychologist who specializes in research about "cultic" groups and the pseudoscience of psychological manipulation.[1] He is executive director of the International Cultic Studies Association,[2] and founding editor of the journal Cultic Studies Journal, later the Cultic Studies Review.[3]

Langone is author and co-author of two books and several articles. He first joined the International Cultic Studies Association (at that time known as the "American Family Foundation") in 1981.[1]


  • Career 1
  • Theories 2
  • Publications and presentations 3
  • References 4
  • External links 5
  • See also 6


Langone received his Ph.D in Counseling Psychology from International Cultic Studies Association.

In 1984 he became the editor of the American Family Foundation's house publication, Cultic Studies Journal.[6] The journal ceased publication in 2001 and was replaced with Cultic Studies Review as an Internet/online journal with triennial print editions.[7]


In his book Recovering from Cults, Langone writes that cults "need not be religious in nature but may be psycho-therapeutic, political, or commercial".[4] In his writings, Langone argues that new religions conflict with traditional American beliefs and have to be considered objectionable for that reason, stating that he makes no apologies "for evaluating cults in terms of fundamental American values, which I have imbibed, examined and accepted."[8]

The former American Family Foundation, headed by Langone, is described as offering the most public support for the mind-control theory through its Cultic Studies Journal.[9] The theory is seen by researchers as a propaganda device used by the anti-cult movement to rationalize the persecution of minority religious groups.[10]

Publications and presentations

  • Langone, Michael D., ed. (January 1, 1994).  
  • Ross, Joan Carol; Langone, Michael D. (September 1989). Cults : what parents should know : a practical guide to help parents with children in destructive groups. New York, NY: Carol Pub. Group.  
  • Langone, Michael D. (July 1, 1996). "Clinical Update on Cults". Retrieved February 19, 2015. 
  • Langone, Michael D. (April 1990). "Working with cult-affected families.". Psychiatric Annals. 20(4): 194–198. Retrieved January 28, 2015. 


  1. ^ a b Peter Clarke, ed. (March 1, 2004). Encyclopedia of New Religious Movements. Routledge. p. 29.  
  2. ^ "Board of Directors". International Cultic Studies Association. ICSA. Retrieved September 19, 2014. 
  3. ^ Jamie Cresswell; Bryan Wilson (December 6, 2012). New Religious Movements: Challenge and Response. Routledge.  
  4. ^ a b Langone, Michael D., ed. (January 1, 1994).  
  5. ^ Cults Questions and Answers Langone, Michael, 1988
  6. ^ Langone, Michael (May 1984). "To the reader". Cultic Studies Journal 1 (1): 3. 
  7. ^ Langone, Michael (2002). "Introduction to Inaugural Issue". Cultic Studies Review 1 (1): 5. 
  8. ^ Robbins, Thomas; Zablocki, Benjamin D. (2001). Misunderstanding Cults: Searching for Objectivity in a Controversial Field.  
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  10. ^ Anthony, Dick (1999). "Pseudoscience and Minority Religions: An Evaluation of the Brainwashing Theories of Jean-Marie Abgrall". Social Justice Research 12 (4): 421–456.  

External links

  • Profile - International Cultic Studies Association

See also

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