Date: February 26, 2004 01:26AM
A few notes on counselers if I may;
First off, counselers are supposed to bring stability to their patients. They have access to any number of tools to do this with, one strong one being religion. That being said, I think that the counseler sounds like a recruiter; one who is either set up well in her plan of busines, but it sounds more like their was someone who recruited her first (maybe with promises to find an easy way to help people she didnt have the tools to help) and she is a believing member of the church (because these people stripped down the doubt of the patients she couldnt help and filled it with their doctrine filling the gap with a sense of belonging and acceptance, while the rest of the world looks at these people like second rate human beings because of the drug usage. ) who helps recruit those without stability in their lives. The drugs where the only thing that was keeping them stable, and now that is gone.
Is the church a cult?
Well, one of the methods of control is refferd to as unfreezing and freezing. All the while, the person is pulled away from the people the where previously familiar with, so as to remove outside stimuli, and to make it easier to intigrate that person into the cult. Then, the people abidding over the cult can apply social interactions as neccessary to make the person think a certain way. A few questions I would have is your brother starting to talk differently? I do not mean does he seem changed, I am reffering to his vocabulary. Does it ever slip that you are too unenlightened to understand, or something to that effect? Is he picking up buzzwords from them? Some cults will do this in order to make it more difficult to communicate with people from outside the cult. As for the bean bad chairs, this strikes me as an odd occurance. But, if you look at it as a way to build comraderie, then it makes sense. One person sitting in a church wouldnt sit in a bean bag chair. If 20 people where sitting in them, then you would feel ackward from standing, wouldnt you? You would want to sit, and if you where seeking acceptance, then that coupled with mass (hysteria? is that the word?) then you have a lot of people who would refuse to believe that this wasnt real, and would give anything to help propogate it. Mind you, that comes later, after the inital unfreezing is done.
I dont know if the church is a cult. It would require some carefull observation on your behalf, but you have to be carefull not to see things because you want them to be there. I hope I was a help,