Freedom from the barriers of the mind
Committed to a new approach of countering and preventing extremism, Beyond Barriers seeks to dismantle the barriers that bind the minds of those imprisoned by extremist ideologies or groups.
Beyond Barriers was founded by ex-extremist Jeff Schoep and its multi-racial team is comprised of individuals who are experts in their field.
Our Areas of
- Disengagement & De-radicalization services
- Educating communities on extremism
- Provide support for individuals & families leaving extremism.
- Public speaking, training workshops & seminars
- Re-integration of former extremists back into society
- Providing support and resources for at-risk families
- Field & Empirical Research: Counter-Extremism & Deradicalization
Indoctrination and the Insular Reinforcement of Ideologies I was an
One thing I am asked more times in my life than “How are you?” is “what caused such radical change?” This is understandable and honestly, I don’t mind talking about it at all. I mean I went from violent Nazi and occultist who was a household name, to a pacifist, a Jew, and someone who embraced Judaism in every way imaginable. Truthfully, the process began before I left the movement and I asked myself that very question for a few years after I left the movement. It wasn’t an overnight decision to leave, it took a lot of work for me to leave, but the real work began once I was out.
As a child we watch cartoons and movies, we read comic books and novels, and altogether are immersed in the heroes versus villains, good versus evil mindset. No child wants to be the villain in the stories and all children cheer when the bad guy gets their just deserts, and the heroes are triumphant. This is a commonality amongst all kids, regardless of who they are or any differences in race, gender, or what have you. Why is this common amongst children? Empathy prevails as we imagine the problems caused by the villains and a sigh of relief is welcomed when the hero prevails and sets things right.
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“When two people talk with mutual respect and listen with a real interest in understanding another point of view, when they try to put themselves in the place of another, to get inside their skin, they change the world, even if it is only by a minute amount, because they are establishing equality between two human beings.” – Theodore Zeldin