The aim of this presentation is to analyze the process by which former members recognized and named forms of control, experiences of abuse and experiences of violence during her or his life within a religious cultic group after leaving the group.
Brainwashing and abuse: one woman reveals what it’s really like to be in a cult
Alexandra Stein Stylist August 30, 2018 ” … A former cult member shares her story, and shines a light on the horrifying psychology of cults around the world.” ” … A wannabe cult leader can use anything they think will work in a given time and place as…
Chapter 22: Ideological Totalism
Thought reform has a psychological momentum of its own, a self-perpetuating energy not always bound by the interests of the program’s directors. When we inquire into the sources of this momentum, we come upon a complex set of psychological themes, which may be grouped under the general heading of ideological totalism. By this ungainly phrase I mean to suggest the coming together of immoderate ideology with equally immoderate individual character traits — an extremist meeting ground between people and ideas.