Cults III Since cults make liberal use of many influence techniques, I find them fascinating and study them whenever the chance arises. The following page discusses cult influence tactics, but I think it's important to first define what I mean when I use the word "cult," and examine some important issues surrounding the topic before diving in.
Lying to group members, infidelity and concealing or misrepresenting messages Emphasise Exclusivism Leaders will reinforce that NO other organisation or religion can offer what they do, unlike other Religious groups where members are free to go to various Churches within their belief Fear and Intimidation Leaders will impose fear in their members often using threats or blackmail Mind Control A combination of techniques such as meditation, psychological debilitation and drugs to control and limit individual thoughts Character Assassination An attempt to destroy the credibility and reputation of a person Information Control Control of incoming information from mainstream society Time Control An attempt to keep members busy so that they have no time to come to realisations Another trait that the majority of cult leaders share is narcissism[ factual?
Furthermore, various cult leaders shared the fact that in varying forms, they had troubled childhoods. Jim Jones was a social outcast whom as a young child was obsessed with religion and death, often having funerals for animals and in one instance stabbing a cat to death Jones, Charles Manson, born to un-married 16 year old was rejected by his parents as a child and as a result begun a life of crime at a young age Manson, Similar to Manson, David Koresh too was born to an un-married year-old girl and grew up as a social outcast, claiming that older boys raped him when he was eight years old Koresh, Perhaps the similarities that have established between various cult leaders can provide us with an understanding of the types of people that are susceptible to becoming narcissistic, power-driven leaders.
Those who have killed in self-defense, and who do not show traces of psychopathy to Psychopathic torture-murderers, where torture is the primary motive.
Click here to view the episode dedicated to cult leaders: Most Evil Cult Leaders Joplin, Cults in history[ edit ] Historical context[ edit ] Whilst there are uprises of cultic groups of differing extremities every day, researcher Margaret Thaler Singer suggests that cults tend to flourish during times of both social and political instability.
Examples of this are after the French Revolution, the fall of Rome, the breakup of the Communist regime in Eastern Europe and throughout the industrial revolution in England. As a result of the unrest caused by these events, people were left unsure, lost, and looking for answers and assurance.
Cultic groups eagerly jumped at the opportunity to recruit members at their most vulnerable, offering them the safety and belonging they desired Maslow, The historical context of cultic groups is vast and continues to grow, not only because social and political unrest can occur anywhere in the world, but also due to the fact that the manipulative techniques used to recruit members can be applied anywhere.
There are no boundaries in regard to establishing or creating cults, which is why they are so treacherous. Generally, it is when the member becomes aware of the manipulative techniques and corruption of the cult, and still attains the strength, independence and connections with their previous life to simply leave Lalich et al.
Sadly, this is not always an option for members who wish to depart. Often, they will be pressured to stay, feeling too intimated to leave that they stay in fear for months or even years. Share was associated with Manson from the day she met him in until she disassociated herself with him in after her release from prison.
In the time Share was affiliated with Manson she displayed various acts of commitment and loyalty to him, from taking acid and crawling on her hands and knees for miles to his court hearing, to planning a hijack on a Boeing in attempt to have Manson and fellow family members released from prison.
Share was imprisoned just before her dissociation from the Manson family, could this mean that separation is one way to free cult members from even the most intense brain washing cults? He states it not only helped him but also a woman on the verge of suicide. There are various reasons as to why and how people escape cults, most of which cannot be predicted.
There is, however, support and assistance available for those who do manage to escape. Many of these people are victims, not only to physical abuse but extreme mental exploitation.
If you know someone who is or has been affiliated with cults and wish to help, see this website for further information. Cult Avoidance Society Quiz: Cult, commune or community?Lessons from Jonestown. The mass suicide of People's Temple followers 25 years ago teaches psychologists what happens when social psychology is placed in the wrong hands.
rather believing that people join cults of their own free will, as they do with traditional religious groups. Why people join cults - CULTS I. Introduction Thesis: The forces that draw individuals into cults can be explained by psychological doctrine. II. Cults! An outline analysis. by Matt Slick.
Cults are everywhere. Some are mainstream and widely accepted. People usually accept cult doctrines one point at a time. New beliefs are reinforced by other cult members. Why would someone join? The cult satisfies various needs: Psychological - Someone could have a weak personality, easily lead.
This article explains the mystery of cults and why people join them. There are a couple of reasons for this. Firstly, cults started off having a much less negative connotation than it has to today. They were simply religious sects defined by the deities they worshipped. Really, you could have called Christianity the Cult of Christ once upon.
Cults! An outline analysis. by Matt Slick. Cults are everywhere. Some are mainstream and widely accepted. Often charismatic and is considered very special for varying reasons: The cult leader has received special revelation from God. New beliefs are reinforced by other cult members.
Why would someone join? The cult satisfies various. Why do people join cults? “After listening to many variants of this story [people’s reasons for joining a cult], I began to see that cults form and thrive not because people are crazy, but because they have two kinds of wishes.
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