Cult Indoctrinee Syndrome

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  1. mockingbird

    mockingbird Silver Meritorious Patron

    In her essential book on cults Cults In Our Midst, Margaret Singer describes a condition that sounds exactly like Scientology.

    Does this sound like anyone you know ?
     
  2. Helena Handbasket

    Helena Handbasket Gold Meritorious Patron

    "Cult Indoctrinee Syndrome" sounds exactly like "Snapping", the title of a book I read years ago.

    Helena
     
  3. mockingbird

    mockingbird Silver Meritorious Patron

    I have also heard quite a bit on that book. Jon Atack, Margaret Singer, Rick Ross and several others have referred to it. It is seen as a fundamental book for all who pursue cultic studies. I have it on my list of beginning books ( about fifty ) to read ASAP.

    I feel Margaret Singer has many ideas in common with other top cult experts.
     
  4. AnonyMary

    AnonyMary Formerly Fooled - Finally Free

  5. Gib

    Gib Crusader

    No doubt, probably one of the first to study "cults" (crowd or group) was Gustave Le Bon. If one were to look to source writing.

    http://socserv2.socsci.mcmaster.ca/~econ/ugcm/3ll3/lebon/Crowds.pdf

    http://socserv2.socsci.mcmaster.ca/econ/ugcm/3ll3/lebon/Revolution.pdf

    of course, the very beginning of cults or crowds or groups might be rhethoric, and the 3 means of persuasion.

    It's even speculated Hilter studied Le Bon.

    http://www.toolan.com/hitler/fuhrer.html

    "Before leaving Vienna in 1913, as Hitler reveals in his "Mein Kampf", he spent much of his time in the Hofbibliothek (City Library) where he claims to have studied the history of a number of subjects particularly, and increasingly, politico-economic theories and military-political works. Because he rarely mentioned the title of anything he had read it is difficult to determine what the actual titles of the books were but there are clues to these. The similarities between Hitler's ideas and those of Gustave Le Bon (1841-1931) the French psychologist, are so striking that one can definitely draw the conclusion that he studied Le Bon's book "Psychologie des Foules" which was translated into German in 1908 under the title "Psychologie der Massen" [Psychology of the Masses] and was acquired by the Hofbibliothek in the same year."
     
  6. mockingbird

    mockingbird Silver Meritorious Patron

    Gib, I actually am reading the Crowd and preparing a post on it as a possible influence on Hubbard and Hitler. Many ideas are similar enough to Hubbard's to merit examination.
     

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