Persuasion and cults seem to go hand-in-hand. Campaigns to convert people to religious and political movements have always used control techniques, but whether or not cult leaders use coercive persuasion is hotly debated. This episode examines the use of persuasion in cult indoctrination - or step one in building a cult.
(The second episode in a two-part persuasion suite)
SHOW SOURCES & SUPPLEMENTALS
The Utilization of Hypnotic Techniques in Religious Cult Conversion, Jesse S. Miller, 1986
The Limits of "Coercive Persuasion" as an Explanation for Conversion to Authoritarian Sects, Thomas Robbins & Dick Anthony, 1980