If you'll follow this link and read the exerpt from the book Captive Hearts, you'll understand why people become cult leaders when they have BPD (Borderline Personality Disorder) or are actual psychopaths.
Here's the link:
Also, I have an absolutely terrific article about dealing with Manipulative BPD people, such as a narcissistic cult leader (or loved one) It's helped me so much. It explains how they turn the tables on people who are legitimately questioning them, objecting to being coerced, manipulated, etc. They know how to emotionally manipulate until the victim feels guilty and they turn themselves into "victims" to put an end to the behaviors or questions they don't like. The article helps you deal with those manipulations, recognize them, etc.
I don't see a way to download an article here. But if anyone's interested, just reply to this post and I'll copy and paste it. It's not that long.
I have to give credit where credit is due...I've gotten so many of my stellar sources from folks here on the Rick Ross boards and in other forums. They've made my research so much easier. Here's to the fellow warriors! :o