Thursday, August 3, 2023

Brainwashing: The Science of Thought Control

There are some phenomena commonly found in both cults and religions. These include a strict differentiation of leader and followers; rebellion against established authority; paranoia as the new movement seeks to establish itself; simplistic, dualistic thinking (good/evil, believer/heretic, saved/damned); and a tendency towards utopian thinking. Cult followers typically consider their leaders divine or, at least, mandated by some supreme authority (God, fate, the forces of history, or whatever ethereal idea fits their particular world view) to change the universe.

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