Results for - Cults
2,162 voters participated in this survey
A cult defined: "In modern English, a cult is a social group that is defined by its unusual religious, spiritual, or philosophical beliefs or its common interest in a particular personality, object or goals.
1. Cult leaders all tend to have some basic characteristics in common regardless of the kind of cult they establish or cultivate. Which of these characterizations are you familiar with?
Very charismatic...a compelling charm that draws people
Highly intuitive...great at reading people [both strengths and vulnerabilities]
Narcissistic...very self-absorbed; the world revolves around them
Grandiosity...inflated sense of own abilities
Demand extreme loyalty from followers, often isolating them from family/friends
Erratic behavior...loves to use chaos in order to keep followers guessing
Authoritarian...absolute obedience to the leader's rules/norms/laws
Prohibits criticism or skepticism both inside and outside the group
Elitism...sense of entitlement for the leader only
Financial secrecy...lack of any transparency into the money
Boastful...of accomplishments, talents, intellect
Vilification...defamation of former members
Lack of empathy... sociopathic tendencies
Sexual prowess/exploits...belief in their sexual desirability
2. On the flip side, we often wonder how anyone could become entangled with a cult. However, often the "marks" do not even realize that they have adopted cultish tendencies, beliefs, or behaviors because theirs is a more subtle and prolonged indoctrination. They become "brainwashed" in the norms and views of the cult. Cult members also have certain basic characteristics in common regardless of the kind of cult they join. And once a part of a cult, it is extremely hard to break away from the cult. Which of these characterizations are you familiar with?
Gullible...easily persuaded by lies/fabrications/obscure interpretations
Naive ...little world experience or good judgment
Loneliness...may be orphaned, fostered, exiled from family/friends
Timid/meek...lack a sense of their own abilities
Willing to pledge complete loyalty even if goes against their own self interest
Nervous or anxious...always on alert
Follower...willing to abide by rules of the leader
Lack of critical thinking...cannot imagine criticism/skepticism of leader
Self effacing...willing to be a wallflower
Groupthink...adoption of group ideology
Sexual...may believe leader highly desirable
Fear...of abandonment/exile by group
Forfeiture of normal human behaviors...empathy, compassion
3. Do you know of any one that has become embroiled/entangled in a cult?
4. Are you personally aware of any cult leaders?
10/12/2020 Health & Fitness 2162 123 By: kimmitch