abreaction: In therapy, the process of "reliving" a
previously repressed traumatic event as a step in integrating
a dissociative personality.
adult survivor: An adult presumed to have survived and
escaped from the control and abuse of a satanic cult, especially
one who has "recovered" repressed memories of such abuse,
usually in directive therapy settings.
directive therapy: Any form of counseling, therapy, or
support group interaction that knowingly or unknowingly
directs, suggests, leads, or persuades the client to adopt the
therapist's ideas, beliefs, presuppositions, or presumptions.
Obvious directive therapy such as hypnotic suggestion is easy to
detect. Directive therapy can be as subtle as a meaningful
silence, a nod of approval, or an assurance that the client is
dissociative states: A general category of psychological
dysfunction wherein a complex pattern of psychological precesses
function independently of the core personality. Several dissociative
conditions are clinical hysteria, amnesia, schizophrenia, and
multiple personality disorder (MPD): A dissociative state in
which the integrated personality fragments into two or more
"personalities," (usually as a result of extreme trauma) each of
which manifests a relatively complete complex of personal
attributes and often acts independently and unknown to the other
occult crime: Any crime or alleged crime with some
connection to the occult; ranging from rebellious teenagers
who spray-paint occult graffiti to serial killers who use occult
symbology or claim a commitment to occult belief.
paranoia: Clinically, paranoia is characterized by highly
systematized, persistent, incapacitating delusions of persecution
and/or grandeur; commonly used to describe hypervigilence over a
(mis)perceived threat, belief that danger is everywhere, and belief
that those who do not recognize the threat are evil and part of
the threat themselves.
satanic ritual abuse (SRA): The preferred term referring to
charges that a group of individuals, assumed to be in association
with a widespread conspiracy, practice physical, emotional, and
spiritual abuse on unwilling victims in a ritualistic manner,
especially in connection with a commitment to Satanism. This is
distinguished from loner or isolated small group abuse.
support group: For the purposes of this article, any group
of fellow-sufferers of a spiritual, emotional or physical trauma
(or alleged trauma) meeting regularly to provide emotional and
friendship support as well as advice and encouragement to each
true believer: For the purposes of this article, someone
who is committed to believing the SRA conspiracy world view, and
who often is an outspoken proponent, such as a true believer
therapist, law enforcement person, parent, adult survivor, and