By Marc Galanter
From the mass weddings of solar Myung Moon's Unification Church to the ritual suicides at Heaven's Gate, charismatic cults and their devotees became proof of yankee lifestyles. utilizing fabric gleaned from twenty-five years of direct encounters with cults and their detractors, in addition to huge examine, Marc Galanter bargains the main vast mental research of those firms on hand. Cults explores not just how individuals believe and imagine in any respect levels in their involvement, but in addition how greater social and mental forces strengthen person dedication in the cults.For this revised and newly-illustrated moment variation, Galanter has additional 3 new chapters on cult improvement within the Nineties, non secular restoration events, and substitute drugs.
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There surely was a way, once I deliberated with them over the options available. Was space necessary for subjects to sit quietly and fill out research forms? Something would be worked out for every need. Soon we were all sitting around and talking about experiences of mutual interest, even of a few remote common acquaintances. We also saw the other side of the coin—how the group defined and protected its boundary between members and the outside world. The demarcation could be drawn tightly, much as a droplet of quicksilver coalesces and separates from its surroundings, or as family members draw together and limit access of outsiders to their personal affairs.
When Janet was not in the hospital, she lived with her hapless parents, and was apparently quite demanding and easily upset by their presence. The parents, unable to move her into an independent living situation, were pleased that she at least retained a few friends, some of whom she had met while in the hospital. Occasionally her tenuous equilibrium broke down at home, whereupon florid psychotic symptoms appeared, including delusions of persecution, and her unpredictable behavior often led to a return to the hospital.
Here their society was organized around group-oriented facilities, such as a community dining room, a library, and common recreation areas. 3 The members' strong belief in the principles of communal ownership is seen even in the activities of its children. At one point the principle of shared property was reinterpreted so that each little girl might possess a doll of her own, rather than share in the community's dolls, as was done with all other possessions. When the adults observed that the youngsters spent too much time with these dolls and not enough on household chores, all were summoned together and told to destroy them, each girl throwing her own doll into a fire.
Cults: Faith, Healing and Coercion, Second Edition by Marc Galanter