A CULT… BY ANY OTHER NAME…
Why do people join cults? Any number of reasons… but mostly poor ones.The word “cult” refers to a group whose beliefs or practices are considered abnormal or bizarre. Studies performed regarding mind control, have identified a number of key steps in coercive persuasion:
1) Members are placed in physically and/or emotionally distressing situations.
2) Their problems are reduced to one simple explanation, which is repeatedly emphasized.
3) They receive what seems to be unconditional love, acceptance, and attention from a charismatic leader or group.
4) They get a new identity based on the group.
5) They are subject to entrapment (isolation from friends, relatives and mainstream culture), and their access to information is severely controlled.
"The Manson Family" was a cult. Charles Manson “deprogrammed” his followers, removing influences placed upon them by parents, schools, churches and society. He told them “get rid of the ego… give-up your parents… your inhibitions… blank yourself out.”
He then “reprogrammed“ them.
There are over 5,000 cults operating in the US alone… of varying types and sizes.
Cults can be based on religion, politics, environment, satan… just about anything.
Beliefs become exclusive to the group, and members begin to operate with an "us versus them" attitude.
Those who deal with victims of abusive cults, know the pain inflicted on friends and family.
It tears families apart, leaving emptiness in it’s place. Individuals often lose their personal identity, to become one of the “chosen“. Their real family is replaced by the cult.
Cults operate through a thought reform process, creating a new identity for members… one which fits-in with the group. The means is through intensive indoctrination… i.e., living a new life according to group doctrine.
In a mind-control environment, freedom of choice is the first thing one loses. The cult leader’s philosophy, books, teachings and practices, determine a new life for members.
This creates each member's new reality. Everything done prior to the cult is found meaningless, whilst everything done within the group becomes meaningful.
If you try to remove a loved-one from a cult… you come against cult teaching. Your loved-one will likely perceive you as personally attacking them… and their “new family“.
It becomes a challenge to unravel all the layers of teaching.
Some of the more infamous cults:
The People’s Temple – Jim Jones (Deceased)
The Branch Davidians – Vernon Wayne Howell a/k/a David Koresh (Deceased)
Heaven’s Gate – Marshall Applewhite (Deceased)
Yearning For Zion – Warren Jeffs (Life in Prison)
The Manson Family – Charles Manson (Life in Prison)