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The Sociology of Religion

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  1. Francisco Lopez

    Francisco Lopez

    Francisco Lopez
    Jehovah’s Witnesses Banned by Russia’s Supreme Court After 'Extremist' Tag Is Upheld
    www.yahoo.com Russia’s Supreme Court has declared Jehovah’s Witnesses an extremist organization, ordering its assets liquidated and banning all activities in the country, Russian state media reported Thursday. The ban will not come into force until after the...
  2. Francisco Lopez

    Francisco Lopez

    Francisco Lopez
    What allegedly happens inside Scientology's notorious 'prison camp' called 'The Hole'
    www.businessinsider.com Former Scientology executives tell horrific stories about their experiences in "The Hole," where they say they were sent to be imprisoned and...
  3. Margaret Aranda, MD, PhD
    Margaret Aranda, MD, PhD
    How to Start a Cult
    www.wikihow.com Cults are communities that fervently worship an object, person, or concept over all other things. While they have the ability to transform into manipulative enterprises in the wrong hands, they're essentially ways of organizing...


    Margaret Aranda, MD, PhD
    22/08/2016 #3 Margaret Aranda, MD, PhD
    #2 #2 Agree! Most of the general public, I believe, are striving to achieve that inner self-awareness of mind, body and soul....and sometimes it takes another person (like a partner) to 'see' what is actually happening to their loved one. "Rescuing" someone from a brainwashed and positive-feedback-loop is a challenge. "Counter-measures" include the word of a loving person. That is yet another reminder that we all need to love those around us. Thank you, my sweet 🌺 🌻.
    Dale Masters
    16/08/2016 #2 Dale Masters
    #1 @Margaret Aranda, MD, PhD Having been on the periphery of a cult, I began to study them. I have found that cults need certain specific things in order to grow: 1) Individuals who have a sense of emptiness and emotional unfulfillment; 2) a preceding idea of what might fill that void, and 3) a charismatic individual who seems to fulfill all unmet needs in (usually his) diverse group of followers. It IS possible to inoculate people against cults, but a counter-culture of empathetic, loving people is needed in order to facilitate that inoculation.. People who feel loved, valued, and important rarely buy the package that the cult leader s selling...and, if they do for a time, they can see the inconsistencies in the cult leader's personality...and just leae the cult.
    Margaret Aranda, MD, PhD
    15/08/2016 #1 Margaret Aranda, MD, PhD
    Nice flowsheet, from A-Z. Interesting to note the synthesis of a cult, especially given all the deaths and group suicides that it can cause. Psychologists and psychiatrists should have a lot to say about this. I wonder how a 'cult' parallels with a 'niche.' Churches, for example commonly form 'niches' or 'cliques' of followers with the rich, 'old money' being 'on top.' Hard for anyone else 'outside' of it to 'break in.' I wonder what @Lisa 🐝 Gallagher, @Sara Jacobovici, @Dale Masters, Dr @Ali Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee would say.