I am wondering if anyone could clear this up. I am talking about people who joined Jim Jones and Waco Texas cults and other such groups. What is their hold? Is it mass hypnotism or what? Any ideas?
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I love the term "love-bombing the down-and-out". Essentially the vast majority of people who are happy and successful aren't likely to join a cult. It's for those who feel "left out", "abused", "defeated" or "ignored" that are attracted to cults.
A couple of years ago there was a special that had a few cults on it. dont remember but they had 4 listed. They went into the homes of these members and got interviews. 1 person got killed and another got away cuz they talked. Not any of th 2 mentnd
Only when cults reach the extremes like the 2 you mentioned above do they kill anyone trying to leave. Usually, only hate groups and Satanism does that right off the bat.
Here is my hub on this: http://hub.me/aiUYE
Sounds like you answered how to get people into a normal church, rather than a cult. I think that's what LG wanted to know in the first place. Interesting points! Some have many young adults; they are Singles Ministries, but divorce is high there.
You are getting some really great answers!
Glad that I don't have to pick a best answer.
Could be possible that both or more answers
or a whole slew of answers are all correct.
Right now I am just reading and seeing what kind of answers come up. I hope that I get lots because psychology is a subject I like. I love the information I am getting too.
Thanks, dashingscorpio. Your answer is also right-on. People typically join cults when their lives are at a crossroads and the old rules no longer apply, which is why most do it in their late teens / early 20s, when they are newly independent.
Thanks, DJ Anderson. Yes, keeping people in the dark is a common tactic for gaining and holding cult members. Another one is punishing them for asking too many questions, especially the "wrong" kind.
SYTL, The Catholic doctrine had that written like that. Keep them in the dark at all costs. That was what got me to leave any church when I read that.
LG - I've heard Catholics weren't allowed to read the Bible, originally. I asked a Catholic several years back what would happen if she read it, and she said "nothing". Some churches are against change, but it is important to progress with the times.
SYTL Yes indeed. I was a initiated RC. I asked my husband about where something was in the Bible and he really had no idea. BTW I have enough ideas to restart my hub about this. Going to the library tonight for more information. TY TY TY
Debra, why would you go to the library? You can get a mountain of material through search engines on your computer, free of charge. Google, Bing and
Ask.com come to mind.
The library is free of charge too. I find it difficult to go back and forth from pages and easier if I have it right in front of me.