I knew Cathy O'Brien as a fellow government mind-control victim in the more distant past. We briefly reconnected in the mid-90s when I was encouraged to hire her common-law-husband, Mark Phillips, to deprogram my mind. Although my subsequent experiences with him were very negative and unhealthy, I am reasonably certain that the majority of Cathy's recollections in Trance Formation are probably valid. By using numerous personal examples, she does an excellent job of explaining how trauma, hypnosis, and Neuro-Linguistic Programming (metaphorical language) are effectively used by expert mind-control perpetrators to dissociate and control the minds of victims - from childhood on through adulthood. Because I waited until I'd remembered the bulk of my own traumatic experiences before reading her book, I successfully avoided memory contamination. Having journaled thousands of emerging memories, I was quite surprised that many of the phrases - containing metaphorical, double-meanings (NLP) - that had been used to control my mind, were exactly the same ones that she'd remembered! (My memories didn't come from Mark; I'd remembered and journaled most of them before hiring him.) Regardless of the identities of the alleged perpetrators whom Cathy names, the information that she provides about the use of mind-control "language" (combined Eriksonian hypnosis and NLP) can be very helpful for professionals working with mind-control survivors - if nothing else, as a translation guide. I would not use the book for more than that, however. After breaking away from Mark, I realized that by focusing on the metaphorical mental programming and visualized, alternative inner worlds that had been created in my mind by mental programmers, I conveniently avoided facing the most important reasons for my being severely dissociated. I'd been seriously hurt and betrayed, by many individuals, particularly those who society expected to protect and love me. As I redirected my attention onto working through my foundational betrayal pain with the help of qualified mental health professionals, I was able to integrate. I also caution readers not to internalize the pervasive fear strongly expressed in Cathy's book. Such abject fear and hopelessness are often expressed by mind-control survivors in their books. After all, this was their state of mind as victim-slaves! Only as we begin to experience more "normal" life, and to interact mostly with "normal" people, do we begin to lose our deep dread that the world is going to be taken over by the people who hurt us - as our lives had been taken over by them in the past. Since I've chosen to interact mostly with people who were not victims in the past, I've discovered that regardless of what direction our country goes from here, reasonably decent people will not lose their ability to love and care for one another. And control-addicted perpetrators of mental control will always be the real prisoners - of themselves - because they will never be capable of experiencing real love and caring. (Raping, torturing, and snorting cocaine are totally inadequate substitutes for the real experience.) Because of this, they will always lose, whereas those who choose to live reasonably moral and decent lives, and to love and care about each other, will always win.