Saturday, January 26, 2008

Who Becomes a Spiritual Abuser?

From Captive Hearts, Captive Minds, (pgs 66-67)

As people begin to describe their special, enlightened, and unique "guru" -- be he a pastor, therapist, political leader, teacher, lover, or swami -- they are quickly surprised to find that their once-revered leaders are really quite similar in temperament and personality. It often seems as if these leaders come from a common mold....

Along with a dramatic and convincing talent for self-expression, these leaders have an intuitive ability to sense their followers' needs and draw them closer with promises of fulfillment. Gradually, the leader inculcates the group with his own private ideology (or craziness!), then creates conditions so that his victims cannot or dare not test his claims....

Through psychological manipulation and control, cult leaders trick their followers into believing in something, then prevent them from testing and disproving that mythology or belief system.
Madeline Landau Tobias & Janja Lalich