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The psychology of the cult experience

Title: The psychology of the cult experience
Date: Monday, 15 March 1982
Publisher: New York Times
Author: Glenn Collins
Main source: nytimes.com

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The same story makes the headlines again and again. An anguished family is trying to rescue its child, who has, the parents charge, been stolen by a cult, sometimes after only a single weekend of involvement. The parents describe the child as a humorless zombie - where formerly he or she was self-possessed, intelligent and completely normal. And, as family members begin to consult the clergy, lawyers and deprogrammers, they keep expressing confusion about exactly what has happened, and why. A ... [Read the rest at nytimes.com]