"transference of the cult leader's persona can occur onto group individuals in varying degrees"
One person has termed this injection of false self into the targeted person.
There are some items worth checking out.
A long and excellent article by psychoanalyst Daniel Shaw describing the precise nature of traumatic abuse in cult settings.
Since the article was published, Shaw has published a full length book Traumatic Narcissism: Systems of Subjugation 2013
Discussion - Integral Options blog
Google results for Traumatic Narcissism, Systems of Subjugation
The following article by psychoanalyst Stanley Rosenman describes in greater detail how this injection of false self can take place.
Grim reading, highly informative.
Rosenman focuses onsituations in which persons are suddenly assaulted, rather than those situations in which, prior to assault, victims are selected, then their boundaries slowly eroded a process of grooming, gradual seduction (as in the romance phase of what will later become a battering relationship) or the sort of cultic seduction termed love bombing, in some cases supplemented by use of trance--or by recruitment by a trusted friend.
But once someone's boundary has been ruptured
, whether violently or through a more gradual and patient process of seduction and uses of bliss technology, it is through this rupture that a perpetrator can then inject his or her alien material and subvert the core identity of the subject.
Rosenman briefly mentioned something worth our further attention--that perpetrators often con their traumatized victims into parenting them---often a powerful and violent perpetrator may confuse hell out of us by suddenly turning pitiful and pathetic---inviting the confused powerless victim to get a false sense of empowerment by reassuring and nuturing the wounded child within the perpetrator.
It is interesting how very often survivors of abusive persons report how their abusers alternate between contempt and then sudden bouts of self pity--which confuses their battered victims...and often lead the victims to stay longer in the relationship than they otherwise would have.
"(2003). Journal of American Academy of Psychoanalysis, 31:521-540Assaultive Projective Identification and the Plundering of the Victim's Identity
A destructive mode of projective identification is delineated: a predator's catastrophic attack calculated to cause the victim a stress disorder marked by a disarrayed identity. This discomposure enables the perpetrator to aggrandize a manifold inroad upon the victim's identity to imprint, intrude, mingle and/or lodge his representation into it; to ravage, steal from, impoverish, and/or corrupt it; finally to have his representation emerge as an internal regulator of the traumatized prey's functioning. The victim's debased integrity is manifest in the symptoms of his ensuing posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD)."
Finally, Lorin Roche, a counselor who has a collection of articles that can be read for free, wrote this:
"The blood-sucking nature of vampires is not their most dangerous trait. When feeding, they mostly want to steal your extra vitality and your money. Secondarily they want to wield power over you. You can recover from being drained, and make more money.
The truly dangerous aspect of "predators who use fangs" is their venom – it's what they inject into you.
Venom is of several types: to paralyze, as in a neurotoxin, so that you are immobilized; to predigest you, so they can devour you, and toxic waste.
'People who are oriented to feeding off others also shit into them. Gurus and spiritual leaders and others in the position of teacher build up toxic shame and guilt, which they have to get rid of by excreting into their followers or students.
'They select people to take a dump on, and they make this process look like "busting the person's ego," or "teaching them a lesson." At worst, it can take up to a year to recover from being drained, if the vampire drinks deeply. You can recover, and the worst thing is all the time you wasted.
'But if you are one of the people the vampire/guru/teacher has selected to excrete her waste products into, it can be a seven-to-ten year process to recover. For the past 30 years, I have worked with a lot of meditators who are "leaving their guru," or have just left an ashram.
'The people who have gotten dumped on have a much harder road to recovery than the people who were just drained of vitality and money. "
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