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The Science Behind How Cults Brainwash People Into Joining Them
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The New Cult Movement Is Digital

It is obvious that cults will recruit people using specific terms or go after some specific types of people. Yet cults or cult leaders nowadays do not have to have you meet them anywhere. You can simply be sent a video from someone who is discussing things you find an interest in. They might also be saying things you agree with, which slowly hooks you. YouTube might even accidentally assist with this. When you watch one video by a person, the site’s algorithm recommends more. Once this happens, you could binge-watch several videos without much effort.

The Science Behind How Cults Brainwash People Into Joining Them
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You were brought in by the first video’s message and that took mental guards down for more. Now, you are slowly seeing things the way the cult claims. They might also reference a website for further messages, which might go into more radical programming that YouTube and other video sharing services would remove. Some cults who have used this method include Nxivm and Raëlism. New Age leaders like Teal Swan, who calls herself a “spiritual leader,” put out several videos that are incredibly controversial. She even told the media she could get her followers to do “anything she wanted them to do.”

 

Where did we find this stuff? Here are Our Sources:

New York Times

BBC

The Guardian

Encyclopedia.com

Touro University Worldwide

University of Montana

American Public Broadcasting Service (PBS)

American Psychological Association

Live Science

Very Well Mind

SimplyPsychology.com

How Stuff Works

VOX

History.com

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