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This paper takes a negative approach to cult membership. It shows how cult rulers are usually charismatic people who take advantage of their followers in order to achieve the title of leader and obtain unlimited power.
From the Paper:"One theme does run through the vast majority of cults: regimen and discipline. The environment is tightly controlled and discipline rigidly enforced by those specially chosen as being on a plane higher than the average "Cultee". What strengthens the young person's resolve to stay is that he or she has to "give up something". The act of giving up is something many of them may never have experienced before. Celibacy, giving up make-up and attractive clothes, even an austere life-style and a special diet: all this speaks of "commitment" a word and an act most of these people had never experienced before".
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Cults (2006, February 22) Retrieved May 29, 2020, from https://www.academon.com/essay/cults-64053/
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