Pseudoscience versus Minority Religions

An Evaluation of the Brainwashing Theories of Jean-Marie Abgrall
  • Dick Anthony
  • Thomas Robbins
Part of the Critical Issues in Social Justice book series (CISJ)


This chapter evaluates the scientific status of the cultic brainwashing perspective of the French psychiatrist Jean-Marie Abgrall, who appears to be playing a similar role in anti-cult crusading in Europe to that which was earlier played in the United States by American psychologist Margaret Singer (Singer, with Lalich, 1995). Abgrall has emerged as a key “cult expert”1 because he was the first psychiatrist in France willing to embrace brainwashing theories. Abgrall has been involved in dozens of legal cases and has become the foremost expert on sects and cults in France and even Europe.


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