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You hear stories about cults and the like brainwashing people all the time. How do they psychologically break people down so that they'll join up?

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closed as too broad by Chris Rogers, Seanny123, Fizz, AliceD Aug 13 '18 at 12:10

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    $\begingroup$ Questions here generally require evidence of prior research and enough context to provide an adequate answer for what you need to know. What have you read on the subject? There are many different ideas on what constitutes a cult. What is your definition for the purpose of this question? Different cults use different techniques. Are you referring to any specific cult? $\endgroup$ – Chris Rogers Jul 28 '18 at 8:21
  • $\begingroup$ Too long to answer here; read aeon.co/essays/… for instance. $\endgroup$ – Fizz Jul 30 '18 at 10:55
  • $\begingroup$ Or edition.cnn.com/2018/02/13/health/… for a more balanced view. $\endgroup$ – Fizz Jul 30 '18 at 12:05