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    How do cults form, and why are they so successful?
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    my theory is people crave answers, and people are suseptiple to hive mind, and someone's like hey this works! shows people how great they're life is (whatever) and people who are desperate and aren't think critically might be like oh! ok! the key to happiness/truth/whatever answer they're looking for. And they become convinced that it is the only way and there is no other way. there is no arguing they have been brain washed. and because they've found the answer they bring in more people. and it grows
    In no likes experiment.

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    i dunno what else to say so

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    Quote Originally Posted by Magic Qwan View Post
    How do cults form, and why are they so successful?
    Doncha know you're posting in one now?
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    Manipulators and the vulnerable.

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    Cause yummy drinks.

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    They give people a sense of purpose, a sense of being part of something bigger and special and a place where they're accepted, 'loved' and things that worry them get resolved for them - either by ideology or materialistically. It appears to be a quick cure for the loneliness, worry and pain that so many people carry within. It dispels that craving for being loved and accepted, the fear of rejection and the fear of having no idea what you're supposed to do with your life.

    Iow, it's a way to inside a big bubble or cocoon, safeguarded from the world without isolating yourself in the process. And it is mighty appealing to feel like you do not have to worry about a thing in the world, that you re doing the right thing with your life and that all you have to do is listen and follow simple instruction to be safe.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Magic Qwan View Post
    How do cults form, and why are they so successful?
    Same reason religions form
    Expression of the post modern paradox : "For the love of god, religions are so full of shit"

    Theory is always superseded by Fact...
    ... In theory.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Amargith View Post
    They give people a sense of purpose, a sense of being part of something bigger and special and a place where they're accepted, 'loved' and things that worry them get resolved for them - either by ideology or materialistically. It appears to be a quick cure for the loneliness, worry and pain that so many people carry within. It dispels that craving for being loved and accepted, the fear of rejection and the fear of having no idea what you're supposed to do with your life.

    Iow, it's a way to inside a big bubble or cocoon, safeguarded from the world without isolating yourself in the process. And it is mighty appealing to feel like you do not have to worry about a thing in the world, that you re doing the right thing with your life and that all you have to do is listen and follow simple instruction to be safe.
    That was my expirience with the JW's, till I found they were run by a bunch of good-for-nothings...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Magic Qwan View Post
    How do cults form, and why are they so successful?
    How do you define a cult? What distinguishes a cult from other kinds of religious groups?
    I've been called a criminal, a terrorist, and a threat to the known universe. But everything you were told is a lie. The truth is, they've taken our freedom, our home, and our future. The time has come for all humanity to take a stand...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hard View Post
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