Bennett Braun, Conspiracy Therapist Prototype, Dead at 83

Michael L. Abramson/Getty Images Bennett Braun, the infamous psychiatrist known for spreading Satanic Panic hysteria within the mental health field, has died. An obituary detailing his role in the Satanic Panic and his treatment of patients can be found in The New York Times (non-paywalled link here). Much more information on these topics can be […]

How Teal Swan’s Therapist Started a Mormon Satanic Panic

Teal Swan is a cult leader “spiritual guru” with some dangerous ideas about mental health. She claims to be part alien and to have extrasensory abilities which she uses to “heal” others’ psychological ailments, communicating with her large following via YouTube videos, speaking tours, and at her “spiritual retreat” in Costa Rica. She has made […]

What Did Elizabeth Loftus Actually Say?

Just before the new year, Ghislaine Maxwell — Jeffrey Epstein’s chief accomplice and former girlfriend — was found guilty on five of six charges related to sex trafficking. She may spend the rest of her life in prison. The trial had the potential to answer many lingering questions about Epstein, his operation, and who was […]

Dispatch from the Front Lines of The Modern Satanic Panic

Satanic Panic lies wherever accusing one of “Satanism” is a stand-in for allegations of horrific acts. It’s also present whenever Satanic imagery provokes reflexive pearl-clutching, fear-mongering about the supposed decompensation of younger generations, and hysterics over society turning its back on the Christian god. This broad understanding of Satanic Panic brings several recent examples to […]

Has Colin Ross Never Correctly Diagnosed Dissociative Identity Disorder?

This begs the question: if Ross doesn’t believe anyone can have more than one personality, has he been misdiagnosing his patients this whole time?