In this useful episode exploring a range of cults, The unification church is included, with comments from Teddy Hose.
- What makes a cult? 1: Charismatic Leader revered as a godlike figure. 2: Doctrinated System of thought control. 3: Exploitation of members. Problems with the term cult. Cults rose to help people through social turbulence. USA especially susceptible to cults. A leader with knowledge is an antidote to upheaval. Not about the belief system, about the methods of manipulation to control members. Seven things that make you vulnerable to a cult: 1. Going through a transition. 2. The soft sell – the first introduction session. 3. A new reality, in a self sealing system. 4. The Dear Leader – the only savior. 5. External enemy – fear of the outside world. 6. Peer Pressure, which creates loyalty to 7. The Sociopathic Narcissist. Loneliness is an epidemic that makes the need for community which can now be met online. Dangerous possibility for reinforcement of alternate narratives. Recovery involves learning and making your own choices