4th Lecture-2-11 - ISS 210 The fundamental attraction to cult ideology is its 1 2 3 4 Complexity Centralization Certainty Consistency Cult behavior

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ISS 210 2-11-09 The fundamental attraction to cult ideology is its: 1. Complexity 2. Centralization 3. Certainty 4. Consistency Cult behavior seems unusual because it is something that we rarely see. That which is reinforced by those you know seems perfectly normal, but those who are on the outside of the situation don’t understand. Behavior that would other wise be destructive can become socially acceptable within the context of a group that supports that behavior. Cohesion and lack of clarity- exist when any explanation will work to persuade Ideological Totalism- ideology to the extreme. Harder to teach adults than children because adults have to be re-taught ideas while children don’t know any difference in what you are teaching them. Environmental Control: Creates a disruption of past identities, how we used to think. Our total environment is changed so we change what we believe and how we see the entire world. Centralization: gives no options, it is thought of as mind and thought control.
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This note was uploaded on 05/04/2009 for the course ISS 210 taught by Professor Zimmerman during the Spring '08 term at Michigan State University.

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4th Lecture-2-11 - ISS 210 The fundamental attraction to cult ideology is its 1 2 3 4 Complexity Centralization Certainty Consistency Cult behavior

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