Why do ppl use 'cult' as an insult (see details)?

Ok, so the negative definition of cult is:

6. a religion or sect considered to be false, unorthodox, or extremist, with members often living outside of conventional society under the direction of a charismatic leader.--Dictionary.com

This doesn't apply to most major religions, including my own. Besides, the overall meaning of cult broadly covers any and all religion:

5. Sociology. a group having a sacred ideology and a set of rites centering around their sacred symbols.--Dictionary.com

So my question is, how do ppl here in R&S get off throwing the word 'cult' around like it's some big insult?

3 Answers

  • 1 decade ago
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    Yea, I can see your'e involved with the SDA. Are you confused why someone would call your particular group a cult?

    Here's definition that may shed some light for you:

    Destructive mind control can be understood in terms of four basic components, which form the acronym BITE:

    B.I.T.E. Model--

    Behavior, Information, Thought and Emotion

    I. Behavior Control

    II. Information Control

    III. Thought Control

    IV. Emotional Control

    I. Behavior Control

    1. Regulation of individual’s physical reality

    a. Where, how and with whom the member lives and associates with

    b. What clothes, colors, hairstyles the person wears

    c. What food the person eats, drinks, adopts, and rejects

    d. How much sleep the person is able to have

    e. Financial dependence

    f. Little or no time spent on leisure, entertainment, vacations

    2. Major time commitment required for indoctrination sessions and group rituals

    3. Need to ask permission for major decisions

    4. Need to report thoughts, feelings and activities to superiors

    5. Rewards and punishments (behavior modification techniques- positive and negative).

    5. Individualism discouraged; group think prevails

    6. Rigid rules and regulations

    7. Need for obedience and dependency

    II. Information Control

    1. Use of deception

    a. Deliberately holding back information

    b. Distorting information to make it acceptable

    c. Outright lying

    2. Access to non-cult sources of information minimized or discouraged

    a. Books, articles, newspapers, magazines, TV, radio

    b. Critical information

    c. Former members

    d. Keep members so busy they don’t have time to think

    3. Compartmentalization of information; Outsider vs. Insider doctrines

    a. Information is not freely accessible

    b. Information varies at different levels and missions within pyramid

    c. Leadership decides who "needs to know" what

    4. Spying on other members is encouraged

    a. Pairing up with "buddy" system to monitor and control

    b. Reporting deviant thoughts, feelings, and actions to leadership

    5. Extensive use of cult generated information and propaganda

    a. Newsletters, magazines, journals, audio tapes, videotapes, etc.

    b. Misquotations, statements taken out of context from non-cult sources

    6. Unethical use of confession

    a. Information about "sins" used to abolish identity boundaries

    b. Past "sins" used to manipulate and control; no forgiveness or absolution

    III. Thought Control

    1. Need to internalize the group’s doctrine as "Truth"

    a. Map = Reality

    b. Black and White thinking

    c. Good vs. evil

    d. Us vs. them (inside vs. outside)

    2. Adopt "loaded" language (characterized by "thought-terminating clichés"). Words are the tools we use to think with. These "special" words constrict rather than expand understanding. They function to reduce complexities of experience into trite, platitudinous "buzz words".

    3. Only "good" and "proper" thoughts are encouraged.

    4. Thought-stopping techniques (to shut down "reality testing" by stopping "negative" thoughts and allowing only "good" thoughts); rejection of rational analysis, critical thinking, constructive criticism.

    a. Denial, rationalization, justification, wishful thinking

    b. Chanting

    c. Meditating

    d. Praying

    e. Speaking in "tongues"

    f. Singing or humming

    5. No critical questions about leader, doctrine, or policy seen as legitimate

    6. No alternative belief systems viewed as legitimate, good, or useful

    IV. Emotional Control

    1. Manipulate and narrow the range of a person’s feelings.

    2. Make the person feel like if there are ever any problems it is always their fault, never the leader’s or the group’s.

    3. Excessive use of guilt

    a. Identity guilt

    1. Who you are (not living up to your potential)

    2. Your family

    3. Your past

    4. Your affiliations

    5. Your thoughts, feelings, actions

    b. Social guilt

    c. Historical guilt

    4. Excessive use of fear

    a. Fear of thinking independently

    b. Fear of the "outside" world

    c. Fear of enemies

    d. Fear of losing one’s "salvation"

    e. Fear of leaving the group or being shunned by group

    f. Fear of disapproval

    5. Extremes of emotional highs and lows.

    6. Ritual and often public confession of "sins".

    7. Phobia indoctrination : programming of irrational fears of ever leaving the group or even questioning the leader’s authority. The person under mind control cannot visualize a positive, fulfilled future without being in the group.

    I don't use the word CULT as an insult but I do use it as an informative tool for those who want to avoid mind control groups that are destructive of true christianity and true freedom.

  • Anonymous
    4 years ago

    because of the fact "cult" has a unfavorable connotation, and the inference is that the theory equipment lacks legitimacy and/or is lead via a risky man or woman. it truly is like the observe "accost". this suggests "to greet" notwithstanding that's used to point an undesirable attitude or interest. there is Fireball back, chiming in with disinformation and inaccuracy.

  • 1 decade ago

    Because it is most widely viewed in a negative light by most people.

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