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Response to matt819 (Original post)

Thu Jan 28, 2021, 05:14 PM

6. It's a really hard nut to crack. Cult expert Steven Hassan writes in

The Cult of Trump that one of the only hopes is to gradually get a member of a cult to have an epiphany that they have been lied to and that they have come to believe things that are not true. If they realize this themselves, it has much more power than someone else telling them. And he writes that it can take a very long time. I remember, after reading that book I basically gave up hope about the practicality of deprogramming all these people. It also requires incredible, almost unlimited patience on the part of the cult members' loved ones, because they bear the brunt of this process. It's a one-on-one process, sort of like going through psychotherapy.

The most important element is that at the conclusion of this process, the individual believes he or she has come to these new realizations on their own, rather than that they were pressured into abandoning their beliefs.

But I'm not at all against what you are proposing. It can't hurt, and it might knock a few of the "loosely affiliated" or new recruits to their senses.

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