What are some techniques implemented by cult leaders?
- 2 months agoFavorite Answer
Here are some known traits of a cult.
These examples fit the jehovah's witnesses cult perfectly..
Complete, almost unquestioned trust in the leadership.
Leaders are often seen as prophets, apostles, or special individuals with unusual connections to God. This helps a person give themselves over psychologically to trusting someone else for their spiritual welfare.
Increased submission to the leadership is rewarded with additional responsibilities and/or roles, and/or praises, increasing the importance of the person within the group.
Their group is the only true religious system, or one of the few true remnants of God's people.
Us against them mentality. Therefore, when someone (inside or outside of the group) corrects the group in doctrine and/or behavior, it is interpreted as persecution, which then is interpreted as validation.
Control of members' actions and thinking through repeated indoctrination and/or threats of loss of salvation, or a place to live, or receiving curses from God, etc.
Minimizing contact of church members with those outside the group. This facilitates a further control over the thinking and practices of the members by the leadership.
Showing great attention and love to a person in the group by others in the group, to help transfer emotional dependence to the group.
Instructions and/or knowledge are sometimes said to be received by a leader(s) from God. This leader then informs the members.
The Special Knowledge can be received through visions, dreams, or new interpretations of sacred scriptures such as the Bible.
The teachings of the group are repeatedly drilled into the members, but the indoctrination usually occurs around
Salvation from the judgment of God is maintained through association and/or submission with the group, its authority, and/or its Special Knowledge.
The group's coherence is maintained by the observance to policies handed down from those in authority.
There is an internal enforcement of policies by members who reward "proper" behavior, and those who perform properly are rewarded with further inclusion and acceptance by the group.
Avoidance of critical thinking and/or maintaining logically impossible beliefs and/or beliefs that are inconsistent with other beliefs held by the group.
Avoidance of and/or denial of any facts that might contradict the group's belief system.
Those who do not keep in step with group policies are shunned and/or expelled.
Control of gender roles and definitions.
Severe control of gender roles sometimes leads to sexual exploitation.
Often a common appearance is required and maintained. For instance, women might wear prairie dresses, and/or their hair in buns, and/or no makeup, and/or the men might all wear white short-sleeved shirts, and/or without beards, or all wear beards.
- BobLv 72 months ago
Appeal to emotion
Targeting vulnerable people
- SolangeLv 42 months ago
Here you go......
- 2 months ago
Separating cult members from their families: Luke 14:26 “If any man come to Me and hate not his father and mother, and wife and children, and brethren and sisters, yea, and his own life also, he cannot be My disciple.”
Research has shown that the people who are the most susceptible to recruitment are stressed, emotionally vulnerable, have tenuous or no family connections, or are living in adverse socioeconomic conditions: Matt 11:28-29 Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls.
Luke 16:20-21 'Blessed are you who are poor, for yours is the kingdom of God. Blessed are you who hunger now, for you will be satisfied. Blessed are you who weep now, for you will laugh”
Inducing feelings of dread. Members believe that only group members are "saved”, and if they leave they face eternal damnation. John 14:6 “I am the way... no one comes to God but through me”
Degrading cult members, telling them they are worthless. Romans 1:32 "Although they know God's righteous decree that those who do such things deserve death, they not only continue to do these very things but also approve of those who practice them."
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- ?Lv 72 months ago