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Cult Survivor Tells Her Chilling Story, and It Sounds Eerily Familiar

Cult Survivor Tells Her Chilling Story, and It Sounds Eerily Familiar

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For a quarter of a century, Radhia Gleis willingly followed the teachings of a narcissistic sociopath known by many names: Michel, Andreas, The Teacher or Reyji. He was the leader of a cult called the Buddha-field, and until Gleis escaped the psychological prison of that life over a dozen years ago, she says she willingly joined scores of others who gave up “their will, their sense of right and wrong … their moral compass and family ties for a person or an ideal.”

Now a nutritionist, biochemical analyst and educator, she felt compelled to confront her emotional scars and tell the story that must be told, especially in light of the current political climate.

She says her post-traumatic stress, forever entombed in her psyche, is repeatedly triggered by the characteristics of current political and cultural leaders, prompting her to explore her past decisions through a much broader lens that sheds light on the blind spots — and dangers — of groupthink.

The timeliness of her story is told in the full title of her new book: The Followers: “Holy Hell” and the Disciples of Narcissistic Leaders: How My Years in a Notorious Cult Parallel Today’s Cultural Mania. The Holy Hell reference is a nod to the 2016 Buddha-field cult documentary film of that same name, in which she appears.

The Followers lays the groundwork by skimming Gleis’ upbringing in Hollywood and tracing the steps of her adult life when, at the age of 30, she fell under the influence of the charismatic leader of the Buddha-field.

She draws striking parallels between her devotion to a cult leader whose damaging behavior and influence she willfully ignored, and the followers of other authoritarian leaders, both past and present.

Gleis weaves together her personal experiences with reflections on a number of thought-provoking topics, including the search for a higher truth, cults, groupthink and mind control, authoritarian leaders, malignant narcissistic personality disorder and sociopathy, the American schism, and how an intelligent, well-educated person may find herself under the control of a narcissistic sociopath.

Author Radhia Gleis has been a Certified Clinical Nutritionist, CCN, MEd. biochemical analyst and educator for over 33 years. She has appeared as a featured guest on numerous radio and television shows including Fox News, Austin. She hosted The Health Revolution and Let’s Get Healthy on Talk 1370 AM, KLBJ, and The Wellness Connection podcast on Voice America. She was the host and executive producer of three YouTube series: Wake up America; How the Body Works; and The Natural Way. She was featured in the internationally viewed movie, Holy Hell, which was broadcast on CNN and named one of Sundance Film Festival’s and Netflix’s top 10 documentaries. It can now be viewed on Amazon Prime.

For more information, please visit www.radhiagleis.com, or follow the author on Twitter (@radhia_gleis).

The Followers: “Holy Hell” and the Disciples of Narcissistic Leaders: How My Years in a Notorious Cult Parallel Today’s Cultural Mania
Publisher: Sage Card Publishing
ISBN-10: 1737125803
ISBN-13: ‎978-1737125808
Available from Amazon.com, BN.com and Audible.com

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