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The Psychology Behind Cults/Religion

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Cults maintain their following by putting members through a cycle of ups and downs. There is a psychology behind these tactics and it is to exploit the the members and keep them dependent on the cult. This brainwashing is very effective and it is important for people to understand how it works.

To follow up from my last post let me reiterate:

From Wikipedia, "Cult roughly refers to a cohesive social group devoted to beliefs or practices that the surrounding culture considers outside the mainstream."

Thus all religions are cults. Whether or not a particular cult is considered a religion depends on the local customs and traditions of the area.

Now onto the psychology of brainwashing.

brianBrainwashing or thought reform is the technique that all cults use to keep and recruit new members. The goal is to modify the attitudes, behaviors and beliefs of a recruit so that it conforms to the attitudes, behaviors, and beliefs of all of the members.

Let me be clear that this can happen in a variety of situations. It does NOT require an isolated environment, physical abuse, or require complete control of a recruit. These tactics do help to make the brainwashing more effective, however, they are not a necessity.

The important feature about brainwashing is that it is done over and over again to achieve the desired goal. When people stop thinking independently for themselves, when they stop questioning their own personal sense of right and wrong, and when they refuse to listen to information that conflicts with their own beliefs… then they have been effectively brainwashed.

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