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The Followers: “Holy Hell” and the Disciples of Narcissistic Leaders — How My Years in a Notorious Cult Parallel Today’s Cultural Mania.

A compelling personal story told with both brutal honesty and raw humor.

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Radhia’s personal story and comprehensive knowledge along with her authentic, and unfiltered humorous style presents a compelling portrayal of both the political and cultural dynamics of group-think and mind control. After twenty-five years of her adult life in a cult, under the influence of a narcissistic sociopath, she sought to understand why she made the choices she made in her life, so she could better understand why others make their choices. The Holocaust or any genocide instigated by a narcissistic authority does not happen because of one man. It is the collective consciousness of their followers that supports and enacts those atrocities. Like Moonies under Sun Myung Moon, Germans under the influence of Hitler, or the Branch Davidians under David Koresh, a percentage of America has fallen into a cult of personality.  Radhia set out on a journey to explore common traits that every human being possesses. She makes strong parallels between her devotion to a cult leader—an authority—whose damaging behavior and influence she willfully ignored, and the followers of other authoritarian leaders. This is not about policy or political ideology or even the guru or our political leaders, as much as it is about the followers from the viewpoint of a follower.

Radhia’s personal story and comprehensive knowledge along with her authentic, and unfiltered humorous style presents a compelling portrayal of both the political and cultural dynamics of group-think and mind control. After twenty-five years of her adult life in a cult, under the influence of a narcissistic sociopath, she sought to understand why she made the choices she made in her life, so she could better understand why others make their choices. The Holocaust or any genocide instigated by a narcissistic authority does not happen because of one man. It is the collective consciousness of their followers that supports and enacts those atrocities.

Like Moonies under Sun Myung Moon, Germans under the influence of Hitler, or the Branch Davidians under David Koresh, a percentage of America has fallen into a cult of personality. Radhia set out on a journey to explore common traits that every human being possesses. She makes strong parallels between her devotion to a cult leader—an authority—whose damaging behavior and influence she willfully ignored, and the followers of other authoritarian leaders. This is not about policy or political ideology or even the guru or our political leaders, as much as it is about the followers from the viewpoint of a follower.

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Topics the Book Explores

  • The search for a higher truth
  • Cults, groupthink, and mind control
  • Authoritarian leaders
  • Malignant Narcissistic Personality Disorder and Sociopathy
  • The American schism
  • How an intelligent, well-educated person may find themselves under the control of a narcissistic sociopath.
  • How an authoritarian charismatic leader can manipulate a populace to commit heinous acts.
  • Cognitive dissonance
  • The Three Basic Types of People Who Join Cults
  • Zealots
  • Binary Conspiracy Narratives of Good vs. Evil
  • The power of words/influence of media
  • QAnon and other dangerous conspiracies

Radhia Gleis is 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 ten documentaries. It can now be viewed on Amazon Prime.

As the author of The Followers, she has written it from the perspective of an insider. This compelling personal story is told with brutal honesty. Her raw humor draws us into the mindset of cult followers.

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