the psychology of the cult experience – The New York Times

”Keeping devotees constantly fatigued, deprived of sensory input and suffering protein deprivation, working extremely long hours in street solicitation or in cult-owned businesses, engaging in monotonous chanting and rhythmical singing, may induce psychophysiological changes in the brain. The rhythmical movement of the body can lead to altered states of consciousness, and changes in the pressure or vibration pattern of the brain may affect the temporal lobe.” Dr. Stanley H. Cath

In some respects the destructive effects of cult conversions amount to a new disease in an era of psychological manipulation.” Dr. John G. Clark Jr., professor of psychology at Harvard University Medical School.

—>Source: THE PSYCHOLOGY OF THE CULT EXPERIENCE – The New York Times