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Cult Dynamics and Abusive Intimate Relationships with Shulamit Ber Levtov

Shulamit Ber Levtov joins Laura for a conversation about the parallels between cult dynamics and abusive intimate relationships, the intersection of conspiracy theory and the self help industry, and dealing with shit therapists.

Shulamit Ber Levtov is a resilience and mindset consultant who uses her background as a trauma therapist to help woman-identifying entrepreneurs manage their mindset and pilot their emotions so they can overcome the anxiety and isolation of running a business.

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Conversation highlights:

  • Shulamit shares how why she became a therapist after experiencing an abusive intimate relationship and how that helps her work with women-identifying entrepreneurs.
  • The distinction between being victimized and having an identity as a victim.
  • Why we shy away from words like victim, vulnerable, and cult.
  • Conspirituality: the intersection of conspiracy thinking and the wellness and self help industries.
  • The self help industry: has it overshot inspiration and become an industry reliant on indoctrination?
  • Parallels between victims of cults and abusive intimate relationships.
  • The cumulative nature of “small T trauma” and the ubiquity of microaggressions and coercive control.
  • Group dynamics: What it takes to build a healthy environment for human connection.
  • Dealing with shit therapists.

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