Compiled_Class_Notes - Notes from 9/27/05 o A charismatic...

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Notes from 9/27/05 o A charismatic group has a dozen or more members o They have a shared belief system o They sustain a high level of social cohesiveness o The are strongly influenced by the group’s behavioral norms o The impute charismatic or divine power to the group or its leadership o Members of charismatic groups experience relief in neurotic distress on joining and maintaining that depends on the intensity of their relationship with the group o Vulnerability o Uncertainty stress o Affiliation needs – dependency on others (being part of a group) o Self results from internalization of responses from significant others o Process of influence and persuasion o Cohesion: forces (internal/external) reinforcing engagement o Centralization o Enhanced security o Low differentiation o Emotional fusion o Need for harmony/unity o Shared belief o Group attraction/participation o Coordination of action goal achievement o Group development phases o Initial: undifferentiated roles (leader) dependency o Mid-range: subgroup o Final: self-other o Cults use extremes of very normal processes o When consistency is broken, uncertainty will occur o Our lives are enhanced by uncertainties o College real world o Dating married o Husband & wife parents o Uncertainty produces stress o Western society does not find dependency attractive o Lack of maturity o Need for dependency can be frustrating o When all information from environment is blocked, within minutes hallucinations will occur o We are all vulnerable to cults o Commitment too fast = flawed relationships o Early stages of relationships = highly centralized
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Notes from 10/3/05 o Cohesion: internal/external o Forces assuring group identify Closed system Centralization – narrowing of stimulus field o Relief Effect – even though psychiatric disturbance, as long as you participate within group, you will have stability. o Participation o Affiliation o Ideological acceptance o Exclusiveness special o Boundary rigidification o In-group dependence o Out-group distrust o Ideology (belief) o Extremes – cults have them o Effective (f) certainty o Dogmatic/commitment o Participate in group and stress goes down o Common language o Unthinking/common experience o Power o Lack of ego strength o Positive decision making o Totalism o Environmental control o Loading the language o Ideology superior to experience o The certainty of cult belief is attractive, not the content
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Notes from 10/5/05 o Cohesion (interactional) – shared belief/value (cognitive) o Ideological Totalism o Environmental control major components o Loading the language o Ideology over experience (make behavior consistent with ideology) o Sense of higher purpose o Demand for purity o Confession (people must purge impurities when entering the group) o Sacred science – our ideology is ultimate vision of life o Dispensing existence – most dangerous o Delusion – belief that has no factual information o Behavior confirms belief
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