CCChat-Magazine Cults-Coercion - Flipbook - Page 22
Doctrine over person.
The group's doctrine or ideology is considered
to be the ultimate Truth, beyond all questioning
or dispute. Truth is not to be found outside the
group. The leader, as the spokesperson for
God or all humanity, is likewise above
Members' personal experiences are
subordinated to the sacred science and any
contrary experiences must be denied or
reinterpreted to fit the ideology of the group.
Loading the Language.
The group has the prerogative to decide who
has the right to exist and who does not. This is
usually not literal but means that those in the
outside world are not saved,unenlightened,
unconscious, and must be converted to the
group's ideology. If they do not join the group or
are critical of the group, then they must be
rejected by the members. Thus, the outside
world loses all credibility. In conjunction, should
any member leave the group, he or she must
be rejected also.
The group interprets or uses words and
phrases in new ways so that often the outside
world does not understand. This jargon
consists of thought-terminating clichés, which
serve to alter members' thought processes to
conform to the group's way of thinking.
Dispensing of existence.
Making The Invisible Visible