I'm All About That Cult Life Aspect 2
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Cult Swag: Who joins a cult? Why?
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Who Joins Cults

Who Joins Cults | I'm All About That Cult Life Aspect 2 | Scoop.it
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One would be naive when they say that cults only happen to other people and not themselves. There are many people trying to teach that their way is the right way and it might be easy to be swayed into believing that. Many cult members were previously part of a larger Chrisitian religion such as Catholisism or Protestantism. They believe that their way was not entirely right and they want something that can fulfill their beliefs. They want a sense of community and self worth

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How can I recognize a Cult Recruit?

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How can I recognize a Cult Recruit?
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Is your friend acting strangely and you are afraid that they have just joined a cult? Well here are 28 warning signs that could portray that they are a part of one or not. Has their personality immediately changed, are they suicidal, have they let go of hobbies, do they follow a new diet? There are a multitude of signs and it would be wise to pick up on them before allowing a loved one to make a bad decision in joining a cult.

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'How I got sucked into a cult'

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A man by the name of Nick was sucked into a cult unknowingly because he felt that the organization was in his best interests. It was secluded, seemed like a family oriented place and was essentially free for his poor family. However, it eventually tore both his life and family apart. His wife was brainwashed, his family was in tears, and he lost his son. He was on the brink of suicide but knew that wasn't the answer. He got out with many emotional and spiritual scars and is only rebuilding now.

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Do All Cults, Like All Psychotherapies, Exploit the Placebo Effect? | Cross-Check, Scientific American Blog Network

Do All Cults, Like All Psychotherapies, Exploit the Placebo Effect? | Cross-Check, Scientific American Blog Network | I'm All About That Cult Life Aspect 2 | Scoop.it
I'm a child of the Sixties, so I've known lots of people over the years who've joined cults. One of the most popular was Transcendental Meditation, ...
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Why do people join cults? Pretty much because they make the member feel good about themselves, that they have a sense of purpose. They recuit successfully for the following reasons. 1) They make themselves "special", meaning that they are the only way to their form of salvation. 2) "Supernatural Founder" Most cults have a founder that in one sense of the word claims to be a, the, or an extension of God. And obviously you would want to follow God. 3) "Secrecy" this makes each member feel that they are one of a select group and they are individually different than all others.  

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Study: Cult, "Cults Questions And Answers" 04/09

Resources: Cult Research, Critical Thinking & Cultic Studies: Cults Questions And Answers, by Michael D. Langone, Ph.D.
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People who join cults are not actually "crazy" as one would think, but are usually smart but succeptible people to outside sway. They think that they are lost and need to be found. Anybody could be targeted to join a cult from the "young, old, rich, poor, educated, or uneducated." Most people who join cults have a major negative happening to them before joining or are questioning their own certain faith in the process. There are also nine descriptions or factors that could impact who is succeptible to joining a cult.

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What do you call a 'cult'?

What do you call a 'cult'? | I'm All About That Cult Life Aspect 2 | Scoop.it
The terminology used to describe some religious groups and movements is confusing -- in part because the words used are ambiguous. ("@religionnews: What do you call a 'cult'?
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Max Doran's comment, March 8, 2013 8:13 AM
Not part of Aspect 2. More for aspect 1
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yes and yes: True Story: My Family Was In A Cult

yes and yes: True Story: My Family Was In A Cult | I'm All About That Cult Life Aspect 2 | Scoop.it
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This is an instance where a child was born into the cult life and knows no other way. "Jane" was being taught all these cultish beliefs and really had no say in the matter. She knew nothing else, so it was normal for her to be in this cult. It is not only the person who initially joins the cult who is affected but rather everyone who is in the family that may or may not have had a say in it. 

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‘Banished’ Lauren Drain on Growing Up in the Westboro Baptist Church

‘Banished’ Lauren Drain on Growing Up in the Westboro Baptist Church | I'm All About That Cult Life Aspect 2 | Scoop.it
Lauren Drain spent her teenage years in the infamous Westboro Baptist Church before being kicked out and disowned by her family. Now she’s writing about it. By David Sessions.
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Lauren's story starts when she is forced into the cult known as the Westboro Baptist church when her father becomes obsessed with them. She did not fully understand or like their doctrine of damning the entire world and being in the negative media at all times. She was recently banished by both her family and her church when she was talking to an outside boy from Connecticut. Her father was a "lost soul" and fits the mold of potential cult members. Now she has to live a life without her family and her life affected by this cult.

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Psychotherapy with Former Cult Members

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A specialist in cults discusses a real-life example of a former cult member's struggle to recover from his traumatic experiences and offer treatment advice
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There has been much study as to who joins a cult over the years, however there is not necessarily one type of person that joins. They are not necessarily only "naive, timid, or uneducated people". However, most do have some sort of vulnerability in that certain part of their life that they must overcome. Cult's use six main recruitment ideas. 1) They keep the recruit unaware of the actual happenings that are going on there. 2) Take up and "control" the recruits time 3) Make the recruit feel small. 4) brainwash the recruit into leaving his past behind. 5) brainwash the recruit into taking up a new future 6) Allow for no different or own thought

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Escaping Evil: My Life in a Cult

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Bio has the series premiere of Escaping Evil:  My Life in a Cult, the show that takes us inside cults through recreations and interviews with people who s (Bio has the series premiere of Escaping Evil:  My Life in a Cult, the show that takes ...
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In this documentary series, the stories of people and their struggles with their own personal cult is studied. In this specific video, however, a woman explains her story with her experiences at Jonestown. She portrays how they would get spanked in front of the entire community as punishment and how that would later turn into boxing matches where it was a smaller person against a much larger person. This series tells of their stories and I plan on using it for more information.

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The Cult I Joined | Jewish Mom

The Cult I Joined | Jewish Mom | I'm All About That Cult Life Aspect 2 | Scoop.it
Ten years ago I joined a cult. Of course, like most people who join cults, I didn’t realize it was one until I’d left it... A lot of frum moms from (The Cult I Joined: Ten years ago I joined a cult.
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Aspect 2

 

This women shares her experiences with how she was caught up in a cult for some time, even though she did not know it was a cult at the time. The cult was known as the "Drawers Cult" and she participated in it for 72 days. It comprised of a multitude of Jewish women who wanted to get their lives together by cleaning drawers that symbolized their life. When the drawer was clean, so were they. When the drawer was a mess, so they felt their lives were. It changed her as a person, not all for the bad. However, this is her story.

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Teacher's Comments

What's up Ms. Yaklich

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Tami Yaklich's comment, March 20, 2013 8:34 PM
Interesting info so far, Max. I'm looking forward to your final presentation.
Tami Yaklich's comment, March 20, 2013 8:35 PM
I like how you included these individual experiences.
Tami Yaklich's comment, March 20, 2013 8:35 PM
Score: 30/30