A personal memoir and a wake-up call for society to recognize and reject the erosion of critical thinking, An Everyday Cult is an essential read for understanding how people fall prey to mind control and cultic manipulation.
Tracing the arc of eighteen years under a trusted teacher's unethical tutelage, Gerette Buglion's true-life story shows how her innocent quest for meaning is answered by a man who sees directly into her soul, awakening insight while simultaneously eroding her capacity for critical thinking. Through an increasingly murky and treacherous narrative, she lays bare the hallmarks of cultic manipulation-mind control that flies under the radar of human awareness-and implores society to wake up to its ever-present abuses of power.
An Everyday Cult imparts a universal story, demonstrating how recognition of cultic membership-largely riddled with preconceived notions-may be an essential key to human evolution.
About the Author
Gerette Buglion was born on Long Island, New York, where she was tossed around by waves at Jones Beach as a young child. Her northward migration started at five years of age, when her large family moved to Dutchess County, New York, to farm. Cows, sheep and untold numbers of cats accompanied the rest of her childhood until she fledged farther north into Vermont. Her work and passions merged in caring for others as an elementary school teacher, special educator, house parent for people with special needs as well as a hiking guide. Her greatest accomplishments include parenting two exceptional young adults, marrying an extraordinarily understanding man, and escaping from what she calls an everyday cult. Her current work as a Cult Awareness Educator arises from her dedication to helping others navigate and avoid unhealthy power dynamics in destructive cultic groups. Gerette is collaborating founder of #iGotOut.
“In An Everyday Cult Gerette Buglion shares her passion to educate others about the prevalence and dangers of undue influence. Few cult memoirs offer such depth of knowledge about coercive dynamics and the universal human experience of abuse of power. Her good storytelling and nuanced writing guide the reader through the twists and turns of human vulnerability while also inspiring hope, determination and resilience.”
—Steven Hassan, PhD, author of Combating Cult Mind Control
“Gerette Buglion’s An Everyday Cult holds gems for those wishing to better understand cultic dynamics. Not to be missed are her insights on the culture at large in this highly personal yet universal story.”
—Mark Laxer, author of Rama Trauma Trump: I Left the Cult and Now Look What Happened