, Volume 6, Issue 2, pp 13-24

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Group processes in cult affiliation and recruitment

  • David A. HalperinAffiliated withMt. Sinai School of MedicineCult Information & Treatment Program, Westchester Jewish Community ServicesCult Hotline Project, Jewish Board of Family & Children's Services

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Cult affiliation and the maintenance of cult affiliation is a multidimensional process. It may reflect individual psychopathology, familial dysfunction or the use of intense group experiences to create a context in which major personality change may occur. This paper discusses cult affiliation within the context of group dynamics and the formation of group fantasies.