For anyone who thinks that only 'stupid people' can get lured into cults...and for anyone who is baffled that highly educated folk (doctors, lawyers etc) fall for Serge Benhayon's guff...
"At first cult life is fun and alluring. “Love bombing” is the process where a new member is enveloped by this welcoming, exciting, and in some cases glamorous community. Early on members are often required to share secrets or other personal info, which creates a false sense of intimacy. Good behaviour is venerated and failure to comply is punished, which is all rationalized as part of the journey."“If you Google an organization and multiple posts come up suggesting it might be a cult — don’t go,”
says [sociologist] Janja Lalich. [...] cults exist on a continuum ranging to from the extremely harmful to the more benign, “but none of it is good,”
“The modern cult sales pitch really taps into our desire to better ourselves: to improve our careers, to be a better speaker, to look prettier, to look thinner. I think women today are still very vulnerable to those appeals.” And women may also be more vulnerable to certain abusive power dynamics. cultic control techniques mirror the tactics and power dynamics in abusive domestic relationships: the giving and rescinding of love and affection, the demeaning, the isolating from friends and family, and the use of sex as a control instrument."