The Culture of Cults
Here is a complete guide to understanding the psychology of the Illuminati / Cult World and how to protect yourself from being drawn into and trapped within their world of deception, fear, lies and most of all control.
The Culture of
Religious organisations and movements are free to practice their religion as they choose, subject to the laws of the land. In practice, this means that cults, in promoting their religious beliefs and gaining adherents, are free to use deception, misrepresentation, psychological coercion or any other techniques which do not leave physical traces and are difficult to prove in a court of law. Initially using conventional marketing techniques, cults promote their particular belief systems. The trick is that through influencing a person’s beliefs, it is possible to influence or indirectly control a person’s mind. The actual controlling of mind is done by the person themselves, as they attempt to train and discipline their mind in accordance with the tenets of their new belief system. It is the belief system itself which is the primary active agent in cult mind control.
Cult belief systems differ from conventional belief systems in a number of subtle but significant ways, which may not be apparent to an outsider. To understand the nature of these differences is to understand the nature of a cult.
Cult belief systems are typically:
Independent and non-accountable – believers follow their own self-justifying moral codes: e.g. a Moonie may, in their own mind, justify deceptive recruiting as ‘deceiving evil into goodness’.
Aspirational – they appeal to ambitious, idealistic people. The assumption that only weak, gullible people join cults is not necessarily true.
Personal and experiential – it is not possible to exercise informed free choice in advance, about whether the belief system is valid or not, or about the benefits of following the study and training opportunities offered by the group. The benefits, if any, of group involvement can only be evaluated after a suitable period of time spent with the group. How long a suitable period of time might be, depends on the individual, and cannot be determined in advance.
Hierarchical and dualistic – cult belief systems revolve around ideas about higher and lower levels of understanding. There is a hierarchy of awareness, and a path from lower to higher levels. Believers tend to divide the world into the saved and the fallen, the awakened and the deluded, etc.
Bi-polar – believers experience alternating episodes of faith and doubt, confidence and anxiety, self-righteousness and guilt, depending how well or how badly they feel they are progressing along the path.
Addictive – believers may become intoxicated with the ideals of the belief system, and feel a vicarious pride in being associated with these ideals. Cults tend to be cliquey and elitist, and believers can become dependent on the approval of the group’s elite to maintain their own self-esteem. At an extreme, believers fear they will fall into hell if they leave the group.
Psychologically damaging – when established members leave or are expelled, they may develop a particular kind of cult-induced mental disorder, marked by anxiety and difficulty in making decisions. The disorder exhibits similarities to (but is not identical to) post-traumatic stress disorder, and certain types of adjustment disorders. [ICD 10, F60.6, F66.1, etc.]
Non-falsifiable – a cult belief system can never be shown to be invalid or wrong. This is partly why critics have low credibility, and why it can be difficult to warn people of the dangers of a cult.
Preliminary Definitions Cult Mind Control
Outline of a Cult Persuasion Process – Bi-polar Mind Control
Marketing a Cult Belief System Religious Freedom & Moral Independence
The Quasi – Religious Spectrum
Religious Freedom and Moral Independence
Organisations and their Belief Systems
The Nature of Personal Belief
Free Will, Free Choice and Personal Belief
The Hermeneutics of Personal Belief
Hierarchical, Bi-polar Belief Systems
Hierarchies and the Politics of Personal Belief (and why Christianity didn’t start as a cult)
Recruitment By Cults
Recruitment by Cults
Leaving A Cult
Disability Arising from Cult Involvement
28 For details of numerous allegations of abuse within cults, follow relevant links (eg ‘ex-member stories’) on the following websites: