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
65%
1,364 votes
Highly intuitive...great at reading people [both strengths and vulnerabilities]
36%
752 votes
Narcissistic...very self-absorbed; the world revolves around them
60%
1,268 votes
Grandiosity...inflated sense of own abilities
44%
917 votes
Demand extreme loyalty from followers, often isolating them from family/friends
53%
1,116 votes
Erratic behavior...loves to use chaos in order to keep followers guessing
39%
810 votes
Authoritarian...absolute obedience to the leader's rules/norms/laws
50%
1,053 votes
Prohibits criticism or skepticism both inside and outside the group
38%
805 votes
Elitism...sense of entitlement for the leader only
38%
795 votes
Financial secrecy...lack of any transparency into the money
36%
756 votes
Boastful...of accomplishments, talents, intellect
36%
765 votes
Micromanage...excessively controlling
39%
826 votes
Vilification...defamation of former members
30%
633 votes
Lack of empathy... sociopathic tendencies
43%
896 votes
Sexual prowess/exploits...belief in their sexual desirability
42%
872 votes

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
56%
1,181 votes
Naive ...little world experience or good judgment
56%
1,175 votes
Loneliness...may be orphaned, fostered, exiled from family/friends
56%
1,173 votes
Timid/meek...lack a sense of their own abilities
41%
866 votes
Willing to pledge complete loyalty even if goes against their own self interest
39%
818 votes
Nervous or anxious...always on alert
31%
641 votes
Follower...willing to abide by rules of the leader
54%
1,129 votes
Lack of critical thinking...cannot imagine criticism/skepticism of leader
40%
830 votes
Self effacing...willing to be a wallflower
30%
629 votes
Groupthink...adoption of group ideology
34%
722 votes
Sexual...may believe leader highly desirable
29%
601 votes
Fear...of abandonment/exile by group
41%
860 votes
Forfeiture of normal human behaviors...empathy, compassion
30%
638 votes

3. Do you know of any one that has become embroiled/entangled in a cult?

Yes
12%
261 votes
No
75%
1,571 votes
Maybe
13%
268 votes

4. Are you personally aware of any cult leaders?

Yes
18%
382 votes
No
72%
1,513 votes
Maybe
10%
205 votes
10/12/2020 Health & Fitness 2162 123 By: kimmitch

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