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Cults, Coercion, and Contumely

Cultic Studies Journal
Psychological Manipulation and Society
Vol. 9, No. 2, 1992

Margaret Thaler Singer, Ph.D.
University of California, Berkeley

Marsha Emmer Addis
Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center
University of California, Los Angeles

Abstract

This article, originally written as part of a festschrift in honor of Dr. Louis Jolyon West for his contributions in a wide area of psychiatry, shows how West's interest in cults evolved naturally out of three lifelong pursuitsΎhis studies of the physiology of emotions, his studies of how human interactions impact on physiological reactions and lead toward health or illness, and his sense of social responsibility as a physician. West's intellectual foci serve here as a framework for addressing the definition of exploitative cults and the scientific basis for understanding cults' thought-reform techniques as a coordinated program of coercive influence and behavior control. The article also addresses 14 cult-related myths that have been promoted and perpetuated by cult apologists. Today, with the continuing growth of the cult phenomenon and with such tragedies as Jonestown and Waco behind us, we can perhaps see more clearly why cults are a public health concern.

Order: Cultic Studies Journal,Cults, Coercion, and Contumely

 

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Resources

Halperin,David A.: "The Appeal of the Impossible and the Efflorescence of the Unbelievable: A Psychoanalytic Perspective on Cults and Occultism"
Singer, Margaret: "Cults, Coercion And Contumely"

 

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