Alexandra Stein
Lecturer, Mary Ward Centre

Alexandra Stein teaches social psychology at the Mary Ward Centre. She was previously an associate lecturer at Birkbeck, University of London. Her research focuses on the social psychology of ideological  extremism. Her latest book is Terror, Love and Brainwashing: Attachment in Cults and Totalitarian Systems (Routledge, 2016). In 2002 she published a memoir, Inside Out: A memoir of entering and breaking out of a Minneapolis political cult, recently rereleased in a new edition.  

Written by Alexandra Stein

Essay/
Cognition and intelligence
How totalism works

The brainwashing methods of isolation, engulfment and fear can lead anyone to a cult. I should know – I was in one

Alexandra Stein