The Threat of Religious Cults

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The Threat of Religious Cults Cult is a new movement for a new religion. In other words it is a formal ritual excessive belief. Cults are created due the established religions' lack of fulfilling the emptiness of the individuals. However apart from this innocent explanation of cult it would be more appropriate to explain a cult as a group or movement which has an excessive devotion or dedication to some person or to an idea and which is unethically manipulated by the group's leader for his own advance which can not be justified in any case. Sociologists tend to distinguish cults from more established religious organisations based on such factors as group size, membership characteristics and types of beliefs. As the time passes, by the human's awareness is developed due to the enlightenment by the science and knowledge none of these beliefs are enough to keep the individuals in one track so that even the technology works for parting individuals from each other. The reason why do people join cults is the search for fulfilling their psychological and social emptiness. The importance of the individuals' psychology is the key to the aim for the cults both in the childhood and in the adulthood. In his research David Holmstrom quotes a former coroner's thought of the case "I think adults who get involved in cult groups are looking for identity, for belonging, recognition, love and discipline just like kids are, but it shows they were just as vulnerable as kids in street gangs." (Holmstrom, 1997, p.2) From the given quotation the idea of the lack of psychological and social support is clearly understood. More over Yvonne Walsh and Robert Bor examined the psychological consequences of involving in these cults. They call this the new religious movement. They have investigated the relationship between the personality, the family and also the group membership. In their research Walsh and Bor suggests that as an alternative explanation to the personal changes of the young people is "joining a cult, may simply be the young person becoming more open about their emotions and changing loyalties, thus the movement into an alternative religious group may be a move towards independence from the primary family (Melton & Moore, 1982 in Walsh & Bor, 1996, p.2). From this point of view which can be relied on it can be easily said that the aim towards the cults are mainly occur from these sort of rebels against the families' dominance over the children which is another social and psychological reason for people joining cults.
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