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CULTS-PART 5 OF 5-CHARACTERISTIC OF LEADERS-FOLLOWERS

CULTS-PART 5 OF 5-CHARACTERISTIC OF LEADERS-FOLLOWERS

Cults, otherwise known in Psychology as a new movement or new order has fascinated many psychologists in history.  This article will talk about the Cult Leader, and Cult member and characteristics of each.  We will also begin to understand why a cult is successful in the information I provide after researching Cult leaders and members.  

Cult Leaders-

  1.  Common characteristics in the personality of a Cult Leader is first, Scrutiny.  The cult leader scrutinizes society and its norms.  Cult Leaders simply refuse to believe in commonly held belief systems.  This may include aspects of Politics and religion.  
  2. Clear set of beliefs that are always extreme.  Cult leaders literally create a set of beliefs and adhere to them.  
  3. Narcissistic Personality Disorder.  Cult Leaders classify themselves as special and unique along with their beliefs.  They “expect” others to be subservient to themselves because they believe themselves to be of higher intelligence and have a belief system unique to them and the norms of society.
  4. Pseudo-charisma-These individuals, because they are narcissistic, get others to believe what they believe in by a false sense of attraction to others searching for answers.  Cult leaders “appear” caring, confident, and begin what I call an investment strategy with its future followers.  There is the unique ability to persuade a group by taking their personal possessions.  Cult leaders demonstrate to followers they must “invest” in their particular belief system.  
  5. Success of a Cult Leader is using Psychology, Law and Politics to persuade others. 
  6. Repetition of their belief system, or brainwashing others, by repeating over and over something that begins to stick to the follower as “Truth”.  
  7.  Ability to use one’s weaknesses to manipulate or coerce others into believing their “truth”.
  8. willingness to use negative experiences and fears against the cult follower.  They usually have members write down what their flaws and mistakes are therefore increasing their “lack of self-esteem”

Why does a follower of a Cult Leader do everything regardless of law to please the cult leader?  What causes them to follow the Cult and leader to begin with?   Why are they willing to give up loved ones, personal possessions, and self-esteem to be a part of a cult? 

  1. The power of Unity.  The cult follower has been searching for answers throughout their life.  They feel by working with other followers developing meaningful, deep relationships through the same set of beliefs.  they feel they have found the family they never really had.  What once was important to the follower, the leader removes, one step at a time through manipulation of their weaknesses. Eventually they replace each priority the follower had with their own.  
  2. “Sense of Elevation” (my terminology.  elevating another human being to a higher spiritual figure more meaningful.  They believe the leader is supernatural sometimes referring to them as prophets who are all knowing.
  3. Socioeconomic qualities of a follower is that they usually are poor.  These followers have no faith in their own ability to manage life, stress and anxiety.  They feel the leader of the cult and bond created with members they finally have a sense of security which ultimately is false.  
  4. Followers are vulnerable making them susceptible to a cult. 
  5. Ultimate surrender to another human being.  
  6. Willingness to accept humiliation, punishment communicating their weaknesses to the leader and members.  They often create this written or recorded communication to show loyalty to the cult itself through vulnerability.   Members, because they are vulnerable with psychological issues, will do whatever the leader tells them they must.   they share experiences in their life they are shameful of and can be used against them for ultimate control from their leader. 

According to Sociologists, Cult begin to emerge when the world or their country requires them to be censored and its regime is led by a dictator.  Sociologists also believe high levels of violence or chaos elevated within a country’s population is a major cause for “new movements” or cults to surface effectively.  There is also a lack of unity within the population which contributes to cults forming.  I want us to raise questions and think for ourselves.  The whole purpose of this five-part segment is to raise awareness levels in each of us. If we can identify a cult prior to getting involved with one, it is a step forward.  If we are broken with anxiety, stress, illusions and even dissociative states in our mind we are susceptible.  Recognizing within ourselves who and where we are in life very well may change our course of action and attraction to the wrong answers.  I think we all are vulnerable as a society and also as individuals when we feel a lack of self-esteem to begin with.  Do you ever feel you are lost?  Perhaps with Covid-19, we all do to some degree.  Are you depressed?  Do you suffer with anxiety or stress?  Are you looking for answers to life or feel this world is ending?  If the answer is yes to more of these questions than no, we are susceptible to cults or new age movements such as scientology.  Violence within a cult and punishment is very powerful, along with elevating another human being and their belief system to a God-like presence or Prophet.  

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Founder: Daily Wisdom Words, LLC. I love Poetry and am an Author as well.   There is a lot of meaning in the title of my book, Daily Wisdom Words, Volume l. My previous experience is in Sales and Marketing. Previously, I was in charge of Development through the Marketing and Sales of New Homes' in new home communities for close to 20 years.  I was a licensed Real Estate Broker selling/listing homes in the Colorado market.  While doing this, I hosted a cable network show called, "From Trees to Keys", my portion for Colorado Living Inc.. I enjoyed creating interview questions, working for Developers of New Home Communities, hosting Live on actual construction sites, describing and displaying on television camera various stages of construction as the home was built from start to finish. I interviewed various land developers, New Home Builders, Real Estate Brokers, and other people in the Real Estate Business for one year. Previous Experience: I was licensed through the "Securities and Exchange Commission" as a Principal for Limited Partnerships and sold them as well. I held a Series 22, 63, as well as License, to manage a brokerage firm called a series 39. I enjoyed running a small branch office of an Oil and Gas Company in Colorado for approximately one year. Hobbies: I have always loved Poetry and Writing.  I was declared "Permanently Disabled" due to Breast Cancer and CRPS-(Chronic Regional Pain Syndrome).  I began focusing on my writing. I volunteered for an online poetry community,  "Realistic Poetry" for approximately six months. I decided to start Daily Wisdom Words, LLC after volunteering for an online poetry community and thinking of ways that I would improve this concept and offer something for every KIND of #Writer:  Authors, Bloggers, Poets, Songwriters, Original Quote Creatives, and short story writers. I have two grown children, a son, 33, and a daughter 31,  who lives in Idaho with her husband. They have a son, my first grandchild who will be three years old, soon!  They welcomed their second child, Easton Jay into the world, 5/4//2021. Updates are necessary as my son is now married to my lovely daughter-in-law who is awesome.  She just gave birth to their first son on 5/5/2021, who is so beautiful having the name Logan James Leboeuf. This is her and my son's first child.  Hard to believe their child has a birthday one day ahead of my daughter and son-in-law's second child, Little E.  So exciting!!  I love children! Thanks so much for reading!  We humbly love this community and the members who are part of it. We think of ourselves as a family, and every member makes up part of it.  Please view our website, dailywisdomwords.com fully as it is constantly changing!!  We are always adding new prompts, and new content, and are so very proud to be debuting with our first podcast, "Daily Wisdom Words Podcast."  Episode #101 with Dr. Dream, Kelly Sullivan Walden.  She will be our first guest.  Please watch as it airs 6/12/2021 June 12, 2021 9:00 am pacific time.  Thank you in advance if you are new to daily wisdom words, and welcome to the family. Samantha LeBoeuf
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