158. CULTS Part 2: How Intuition Can Save Us with Sarah Edmondson
Glennon, Abby, Amanda, and Sarah Edmondson continue their conversation: 1. “Love bombing” and other red flag strategies used by cults to reel people in. 2. The jarring similarities between cults and abusive relationships – and how in both your best qualities are used against you.3. What to do if someone you love is pulled into QAnon, 4chan, or another conspiratorial culture. 4. The moment Sarah realized she had been initiated into a sex pyramid, and how she escaped. 5. The responsibility she felt – after having been such an avid recruiter – to expose the truth of NXIVM and help take down its leaders. CW: Discussion of cult culture and sexual coercionAbout Sarah: Sarah Edmondson is an actor, podcaster, author, and cult-recovery advocate. Sarah has starred in a number of TV series, yet she is most recently known for her real-life saga escaping the multi-level marketing company NXIVM – and DOS, a “secret sisterhood” within NXIVM – which can also be seen on HBO’s The Vow. Sarah’s memoir Scarred shares her true story from the moment she joined NXIVM, to her harrowing fight to get out and bring its founder to justice. Sarah co-hosts the podcast A Little Bit Culty with her husband Anthony ‘Nippy’ Ames, and lives in Atlanta with her husband and two sons. TW: @sarahjedmondsonIG: @sarahedmondson Sarah’s resource page: https://www.sarahedmondson.com/resourcesSteven Hassan’s BITE model: https://freedomofmind.com/cult-mind-control/bite-model/
157. CULTS: How NXIVM Controlled Women & How Sarah Edmondson Helped Take It Down
159. Family Estrangement: Should You Repair or Run? with Dr. Galit Atlas
About The Show
I’m Glennon Doyle, author of Untamed, the book that was released at the very start of the pandemic and became a lifeline for millions. I watched in awe from my home while this simple phrase from Untamed – WE CAN DO HARD THINGS – the mantra that saved my life twenty years ago, became a worldwide rally cry.Life is freaking hard. We are all doing hard things every day – we love and lose; we forge and end friendships; battle addiction, illness, and loneliness; care for children and parents; struggle in our jobs, our marriages, our divorces; we try to set and hold boundaries – and we fight for equality, purpose, joy, and peace right in the midst of all the hard.On We Can Do Hard Things, my wife Abby Wambach, my sister Amanda Doyle, and I do the only thing that has ever made life easier: We talk honestly about the hard. We laugh and cry and help each other carry the hard so we can all live a little bit lighter and braver, free-er, less alone.