I just love this woman and her research. She’s become my FAVORITE speaker, author, researcher, teacher. Brené Brown—cheers to a healthy mind, and a healthy life! Here she is at her first 2 TED talks.
How to spot a sociopath – 10 red flags that could save you from being swept under the influence of a charismatic nut job – NaturalNews.com
Another good read.
“Sociopaths are masters at weaving elaborate fictional explanations to justify their actions. When caught red-handed, they respond with anger and threats, then weave new fabrications to explain away whatever they were caught doing.” Mike Adams
Another good article re some of the workings inside a cult.
Here’s an excellent read from Psych Central. SPOT ON! Thank you Christine Hammond.
Following is a list of social, psychological, and interpersonal behavioral patterns that are common within cult settings. I adapted them from a check list developed by Michael Landgone, Ph.D., a counseling psychologist, and ICSA’s Executive Director.
1. The cultic group displays an excessive, zealous, unquestioning commitment to its leader, and regards his or her beliefs and practices to be the truth, the law, the way.
2. Questioning, doubt, and dissent are discouraged, and sometimes punished.
3. Mind-altering practices (e.g., meditation, chanting, speaking in tongues, denunciation sessions, debilitating work routines) are used in excess and serve to suppress doubts about the group and its leader(s).
4. The leader(s) dictate, sometimes to great detail, what and how members should think, act and feel.
5. The group is elitist, claiming a special, superior, or exalted status. They’re on a mission to save something, the world maybe.
6. Cultic groups have an “us-vs-them” mentality.
7. The leader is accountable to no one, to no human, to no governing authority.
8. The leaders teach—or imply by their actions—that the “noble end” justifies the means—whatever it takes for their truth to prevail (e.g. falsifying, lying, deceit).
9. The leadership creates feelings of shame and guilt in its members in order to manipulate and control them.
10. Subservience to the leader(s) often leads to cutting family ties, ties with friends, teachers, and to putting personal dreams or goals aside to become one of them, one of the elite.
11. The group is preoccupied with recruiting new members, or making more money.
12. Members give inordinate amounts of time to serving the group, the group’s god, or attending group-activities.
13. Members are encouraged or required to live with or to socialize with only group members. A lot of group members believe that there is no other way, there is no life outside the group. Mostly they’re afraid for themselves or for others on the inside if they should leave, or even think of leaving.