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Psychology of Cultism Response

PSYCHOLOGY OF CULTISM 1

Psychologyof Cultism: Response

Psychologyof Cultism: Response

These twoarticles &quotSocial Psychology&quot and &quotThe Psychology ofCult&quot strongly demonstrate the concepts of conformity in a cult.The articles seem to explain one and the same thing. One is acopyright of the other. The concepts of conformity, the role of theleader, role of the cult members, and obedience are dominant in botharticles. In spite of the fact that these articles demonstrate theaspect of conformity in cults, they offer a persuasive argument forindividuals willing to get more information about how a cultoperates.

The choice ofwords used in these articles presents the idea of conformity to agroup in an effective manner. The “social psychology” articleargues that individual’s compliance to laws, rules, and standardsof a cult, play a significant role in enhancing conformity to a cult.Similarly, the article “The psychology of cult” agrees thatconformity plays a major role in ensuring unity among the members ofa particular cult.

The articlesevoked some interest in me by being attentive to the idea that peoplejoin cults to fulfill a desire or a need they lack in the society.The first article states that a cult provides its members withcomponents like emotional support, sense of community, andorganization, which they lack from society. On the other hand, thesecond article posits that people who join a cult do so to fulfillthe urge of fitting in is some particular group for socialization andconnection.

I have alwayshad the notion that cults are only negative, but these two articleshave changed this attitude by displaying cults as any other group,whose authority cannot be questioned. Furnham (2014) observed that acult could be political, religious, racial, pseudo-psychological, andself-help. Destructive cults use deceptive techniques to woo andcontrol their members. However, these articles show that people joincults at will to seek for what they lack or to fit in. Moreover, thesecond article states that at one particular point in time, eachindividual has had an experience of following a specific authoritywithout questioning.

By reading thesetwo articles about the psychology of cultism, I found myselfwondering what circumstances would lead me to join a cult. Moreimportantly, the knowledge I got made me understand that cultism caneither be destructive or positive.

References

Furnham, A.(2014). Why do People join Cults? Retrieved from https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/sideways-view/201402/why-do-people-join-cults