1443-1447: Recovering Agency – Examining Mormon Mind Control w/ Luna Lindsey Corbden
June 28, 2021
John Dehlin interviews Luna Lindsey Corbden, author of Recovering Agency: Lifting the Veil of Mormon Mind Control, which employs the tools of social psychology to identify ways in which the Mormon Church uses coercive techniques often associated with high demand religions (also referred to as cults). Throughout the series, we will be asking: In what ways does the Mormon church behave in ways similar to other high demand religions (or cults), and what can it do to become less cult-like?
The primary goal of this series is to help people raised within the Mormon Church unpack and separate their own identity from church doctrine and policies. In their book. Luna explores 31 different mind control techniques used by high demand religions generally, and by the Mormon church specifically.
Luna Corbden (who also writes as Luna Lindsey) was born into the LDS Church and left the faith in 2001 at age 26. They now live in Washington State and write about psychology, mind control, culture, and autism. They also write science fiction and fantasy novels, and their work has appeared in Journal of Unlikely Entomology, Crossed Genres, and the Recognize Fascism anthology. When they’re not busy traveling to improbable worlds, they’re thinking hard about this improbable world.