Unpacking the Psychological and Social Factors that Contribute to Cult Mentality

According to anthropologist Phillips Stevens, the definition of “cult” changed in the 1970s, after Charles Manson’s commune committed a multitude of murders. The definition developed negative, satanic connotations as the perceived danger of cults started to spread throughout the United States. Stevens defines today’s cult as “…a group of people who had been brainwashed by…

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