Wellness & Self-Help

The wellness & self-help industry has a lot of overlap with cults including the use of chanting and music, meditation, in-group lingo and speech patterns, and idolization of authority figures. While not all wellness or fitness groups are cults, some blur or cross the line.


SRCAmanda Montell

DATE 06.2021

The Problem with Tony Robbins

Today we’re looking at Tony Robbins’ background, his study of NLP, his “interventions”, and his disturbing attitude towards women, including the #metoo​ comments and the Buzzfeed News allegations. TRIGGER WARNING: If you don’t want to hear about emotional abuse I’d…MORE

TYPE Documentary


DATE 02.2021

SEDUCED: Inside the NXIVM Cult

This four-part documentary series follows the story of India Oxenberg’s perilous journey through the dark and criminal world of the notorious self-help-group-turned-sex-slave-cult NXIVM. Content warnings: suicide, rape, sexual assault, torture

Unlimited Power

Tony Robbins claims he has helped millions of fans overcome some of life’s darkest difficulties. But leaked records reveal he has used his fame to berate victims of rape and violence, while female former staffers and followers have accused him…MORE

The Gateway

The Gateway is a six-part series about Teal Swan, a new brand of spiritual guru, who draws in followers with her hypnotic self-help YouTube videos aimed at people who are struggling with depression and suicidal thoughts. Some followers move to…MORE