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Cults Reasons People Join Cults are intriguing and arouse curiosity in the minds of people who have accepted life in society and joined humanity the way it is It is amazing to think that people leave their life of normalcy to put their trust in something that is alien but promises them something in return or will save their souls from whatever will harm them There are many causes that affect peoples minds to make them join cults Cults are very promising can be very eye-opening and may be the only option left for some people because of what has happened to them in their life or the mental state they are in Cults as defined by the American Heritage Dictionary are systems or communities of religious worship that may include obsessive devotion to a person or ideal In our society cults are common and have the potential to be destructive This paper will focus on the factors such as education stake in conformity turning points and strength of local religious organizations that may cause people to join cults as determined by Stark and Bainbridge It will also discuss the methods used by cults to influence new recruits and current members Cult leaders employ tactics such as information deprivation extinction of former identities and scarcity in order to maintain their authority All these techniques combined create an environment that can be classified as a cult Traditionally cults have formed after or during turbulent periods of history when people are most vulnerable However not until the nineteen seventies did cults begin to raise considerable alarm among the general population In 1978 over nine hundred followers on the Reverend Jim Jones committed suicide in Jonestown Guyana Hall 1981 1987 as cited by Robbins 1988 Several anti-cult groups began to form and call for free minds and reunited families Sage 1976 as cited by Robbins 1988 Then in the nineteen eighties professionals began to
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