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Cults: A Dangerous Devotion
“The most dangerous lie is that which most closely resembles the truth”
- Jan Groenveld

This quote above is by Jan Groenveld an Australian who has her own experiences as a former member of the LDS Church which deals with Mormonism and the Jehovah’s Witnesses and was featured in Richard Guilliatt’s book Talk of the Devil. Her definition of a cult is any group that has a pyramid type authoritative figure with all teachings and guidance coming from the person at the top. The group will claim to be the only way to God and will use thought reform and mind control to keep their members. Unfortunately, after 15 years in a cult she finally realized that she was being controlled rather than controlling her own life. She wanted to let people know about her experiences in order to help others. She is so hated by the church of scientology for exposing them that her name is not even allowed to pop up under scientology on Google.

In the United States, it is estimated that there are 5,000 cults that are actively recruiting people, no matter the age and walks of life. Jan Groenveld made it her mission to help people recognize cults, spiritually abusive behaviors and how to defend them from persuasion. Because the beliefs in cults are so believable people become locked into a “thinking box” which makes them unable to see the world around them.

The topic that I chose to analyze is religious cults. I chose this because I thought it was interesting to explore the unknown and secret world of persuasion. A cult is any group that uses mind control techniques to get someone to join. A religious cult is very demanding and the leader wants full loyalty from their followers. They are motivated by having more members which gives them a sense of reassurance and makes them feel like they are doing a good job. Money, power,…...

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