Chris Shelton is an author, podcaster, and former member of the Church of Scientology's upper echelon, the Sea Organization. Since leaving Scientology in 2013 he has been dedicated to exposing the abuses of destructive cults and high control groups through his YouTube channel, where he also promotes critical thinking and education as the solutions to the cult problem.
Chris shares with Rachel the details of his harrowing experience in Scientology's Rehabilitation Project Force(RPF) A program for members of its Sea Organization who have allegedly violated expectations or policies. Chris breaks down a day in the life of a resident of the RPF which he describes as a re-education camp. Rachel helps Chris unpack the idea that our personal perceptions are actually malleable and explains how authoritarian groups can exploit that.
Before You Go: Rachel points out why Chris's insights are invaluable not only for people wrapped up in Scientology but for anyone who is struggling with personal responsibility within high control groups.
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