Conformity to Cult Behavior

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Eliza Janica
Fisher College
Social Psychology
May 26, 2012
Conformity To Cult Behavior

In the early 1960s, psychologists in the United States interviewed several U.S. soldiers and American Prisoners of War returning home from combat against North Korea. Their main focus in particular were on those who had suffered an extreme change in their personality. These young soldiers had experienced being brainwashed under the communists. Psychologist have later realized that people involved in cults may have experienced similar psychological changes. Cult leaders use the same structure known as, mind control or mind reform. The book "Combating Cult Mind Control", by Steven Hassen explains that mind control is more refined than brainwashing. Cult members are considered to be a good friend and righteous people. As a result, the person being indoctrinated offers less defiance and contention than if they being forcefully coerced. Through compliance with the process of mind reform, the victim slowly begins to surrender over his personality and accept the doctrines of the cult as biblical truth. Mind control does not involve physical abuse but it is limited to certain hypnotic processes to create a compelling effect of precepts (Cephas, 2010). Many of the individuals who are deceived are not just naive people, but they are often successful educated people.   

There are several methods of mind control which are not considered harmless. People who find themselves getting deep into cults need to be aware of this. There are a variety of religious groups who employ mind control strategies which are kept unrevealed. Most cult leaders earnestly believe they possess the answers to the obstacles of life. Rulers of the religious groups require loyalty and obedience from their followers in order to keep them under their control. Obedience is the act of following instructions given from a legitimate authority without question or hesitation. There are many authority figures that...
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