Most people ask “How did you allow yourself to be taken in by….?” Researchers tell us that anyone can be in the wrong place at the wrong time and fall prey to clever recruiting which will play to your weaknesses or blind spots. The following link from Infocult contains a telling testimony and offers helpful info.
In this article I want to explain why I wrote the book I choose : Subtlety in cults and briefly show how easily someone can get trapped in a controlling group or relationship. My book is not about religion, it is about the organizational structure and emotional manipulation. I control my life. I come from a good family. I do well in school. I have friends. I am sure of what I believe in. Thus, no one can manipulate me.
That’s what I thought before I spent more than three years in a controlling group that some describe as a cult.
I came into contact with the group in University. I wanted to know the Bible to be sure of what I believed. So I started Bible studies. At the beginning, I was so sure of what I knew of the Christian faith, that I did not
even ask where the learning material came from. I have sometime tried to understand why I trusted missionary Mary so easily. I knew that there are people who will lie to you and will seem honest. I knew that Christian
cults existed. It never even occurred to me to go and search for information on that group. I would make my own opinion. I know now that I would have spotted some lies earlier if I would have done some research. But when I was at the study, I always felt comfortable. After a few months, I began wanting to spend more time with the group. The students were nice, as were the missionaries. I was more and more interested in the Bible and in the Korean culture of most of the
missionaries. Missionary Mary invited me to the Friday testimonies. The students would share what they had learned from the last Sunday passage.
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I Choose: Subtlety in Cults
In This Issue of Infocult:
I choose: Subtlety in Cults
By Isabelle Renaud – The changes happened gradually. The more time I spent in the group, the more I believed what I was told.
Benefits of Dialogue
The dialogue begun in the late ’90s has continued and expanded. The communication has enriched the views of people on both sides of what once was, but is no longer, a great divide.
2015 Annual International ICSA Conference, Stockholm, Sweden,
June 25-27 (Pre-Conference workshops June 24th).
The International Cultic Studies Association (ICSA) is conducting its 2015 Annual International Conference with Info-Secte/Info-Cult of Montreal and Hjälpkällan will be presented jointly with Info-Cult/Info-Secte. The conference theme is Children in High-Control Groups