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On A Psychological standpoint how do churches get and retain parishioners?


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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    dashingscorpio 2 years ago

    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.


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    Yoleen Lucas (Say Yes To Life) 2 years ago

    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.

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    DJ Anderson 2 years ago

    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.

    DJ.


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    Yoleen Lucas (Say Yes To Life) 2 years ago

    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.


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