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Why Do People Join Cults?

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It’s easy to assume that people who join cults have something wrong with them, but usually the people who join cults are just like the rest of us. So, how does it happen? Hosted by: Brit Garner ---------- Support SciShow by becoming a patron on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/scishow ---------- Dooblydoo thanks go to the following Patreon supporters: Lazarus G, Sam Lutfi, D.A. Noe, سلطان الخليفي, Piya Shedden, KatieMarie Magnone, Scott Satovsky Jr, Charles Southerland, Patrick D. Ashmore, Tim Curwick, charles george, Kevin Bealer, Chris Peters ---------- Looking for SciShow elsewhere on the internet? Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/scishow Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/scishow Tumblr: http://scishow.tumblr.com Instagram: http://instagram.com/thescishow ---------- Sources: https://archives.law.virginia.edu/dengrove/writeup/jonestown-top-aide-reverend-jim-jones-trial-attempted-murder http://www.icsahome.com/articles/former-members--perceptions-almendros https://www.psy-journal.com/article/S0165-1781(16)31994-1/abstract https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/01639625.2010.548302 http://www.icsahome.com/articles/the-influence-of-persuasive-strategies-used-by-cultic-groups-in-the-context-of-forewarning
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Ahmed Hegazy (5 дней назад)
Thank you very much !
Chad (10 дней назад)
Wow, sounds a lot like Jehovah's witnesses. When my grandparents moved into a predominantly JW neighborhood why brought plenty of gifts and helped my grandparents fix up their new home for free. Next thing I know my own grandparents can't celebrate Christmas, my birthday or any other holidays b/c they have to be in their church and be with their own.
Deamonscape (23 дня назад)
Soooooo religions are cults, I mean it makes sense. Or it could be that multiple cults make up a religion, which also makes sense, either way religions=cults, got it. lolz
Lee Tharachai (1 месяц назад)
I have all of the risk factors and my mother is current in a Buddhist cult and has been for the past 20 years. I personally believe that having aspergers prevented me from being indoctrinated.
Jennifer Taylor (1 месяц назад)
I got my friends to join a cult with me. We’re army 😔
Eric, The Fanboy Slayer (1 месяц назад)
Honestly, people join extremist cults, because they lack mainly the education to think for themselves independently, and they want to feel like they want to fit in with popularity, since they are nobodies, they lack real loved ones, or they were beaten like a dog by their parents to become very vile, even if the popular narcissistic cultist leader are indifferent about their own followers. Cultists, similar to their fanboy counterparts in gaming or anime, lie a lot or don't criticize almost anything on the issues, harass anyone who doesn’t agree with their short-sighted views on the subject at hand, and get over-hyped with very high expectations that their leader will fulfill their promises, despite the leader not doing so. Furthermore, cultists worship their leader as a "God" without their leader having any character flaws, being dimwits with low standards for loving everything that their leader spews at them without any proper constructive criticism, and blame on everyone, except for themselves and their leader, for their own mistakes, instead of living up to their own issues in life. Cultists will defend their leader, who don't mind tossing their followers under the bus, to achieve world domination and excessive wealth, to death over very unintelligent reasons at the cost of the sufferings of many innocent beings on earth in reality. In other words, cultists are a sheep to the slaughter, and they constantly live in their own little fantasy world.
Lil Haji (2 месяца назад)
Who's here because of the sinner?
Jesus (2 месяца назад)
No, YOU'RE in a cult! 😠😡😭... I need to put on talk radio to calm down...
Celina K (2 месяца назад)
The bite model?
Jake Thomason (2 месяца назад)
How can you do this video without considering that all religions are cults?
Dhruvit Kheni (3 месяца назад)
but the earth is still flat. no arguments.
the10thleper (3 месяца назад)
Ask any demorat.
Alkerae (3 месяца назад)
"only stupid people join cults" - stupid people
dj possum (3 месяца назад)
When u convert to islam but ur Christian mum says its a cult Of 1.3 billion people
Dominique Harris (3 месяца назад)
How can a cult be beneficial
Terence Clark (3 месяца назад)
It's interesting you didn't mention the BITE model for evaluating cults. I know there's disagreement on it, but from what I've seen it's gained a good deal of attention as being fairly reliable at least for identifying cults by criteria based around manipulation and control. I've seen it leveraged to great effect not just in picking which group to label a cult, which is neither terribly helpful nor the direct purpose of the model, but also causing the reviewer to come to understand which particular traits to be wary of and which ones mark it as potentially dangerous. Out of curiosity, was it an intentional choice based on a particular issue surrounding the model or just either a lack of knowledge or an editorial decision? I'm not trying to pin you to a wall for opting to leave it out. Just curious if there are some flaws with BITE I may not be aware of. I'm open to being wrong and would rather ditch a methodology that has been shown to be flawed.
Lubri Mailasun (3 месяца назад)
Just ask a refucklican
Cat Thompson (3 месяца назад)
i was in a cult once!! it fuckin sucked lmao glad i got out quickly
TheShamefulNarcissist (3 месяца назад)
The best depiction I’ve ever read about cults is a book called Peddling Doomsday by Petra Jacob. It’s fictional but so dead on with the psychology of it. It portrays the idea of how anyone could be sucked into such a world.
Phil Are Go (3 месяца назад)
Is she saying "cults" or "colts"?
woodfur00 (2 месяца назад)
There's no difference in some dialects.
Eubio Junior (3 месяца назад)
The real danger and most destructive kind of cult lays among those that doesn't looks like those small isolated mass suicidal beliefes. Cause they appears harmless despite all the damage involved. Like the Amish or the JW. Or scientology. They dress like a regular faith, but locks all their members under fear of god and the fate of eternal damnation.
Eubio Junior (3 месяца назад)
And I say this as a man raised by parents who make me believe that a step out god's will would be enough for me to be sent to hell. I left the faith behind, but 10 years after the fear remain
Nikki Tea (3 месяца назад)
Don’t join a cult , but please head on over to brilliant. We are all brilliant’s children . Lol jk , sooo can you actually get a degree from brilliant or is it mental to be like a build your own ,” degree “ type thing ?
Joseph Outa (3 месяца назад)
if it involves human beings organized in a group its a cult...football jocks, nerds and their games, religious people, academics and their disciplines..literally everything is a cult
Adam Perry (3 месяца назад)
Is America a cult?
suhas suhas (3 месяца назад)
Neither All cults are religious nor all religions are cults. But all religions are mixture of some spiritual essence and more persuasive cultus ideology. We can filter out that through our senses .
ennaira oniqua (3 месяца назад)
CULT- a small unpopular religion, RELIGION- a huge popular cult
Thegreatmutato (3 месяца назад)
Or they're sheep;0
Tikola Nesla (3 месяца назад)
Because many people like to be controlled and want to be “part” of something.
Lordious (3 месяца назад)
I say being stupid and/or ignorant is a big factor.
Mona J. (3 месяца назад)
Because they want to be part of something!
0mn1vore (3 месяца назад)
By this metric I wouldn't say Hank has a cult, but he's certainly got a following. ;-)
Snoopdave2000 (3 месяца назад)
sounds a lot like Jehovah's witnesses
Just adulting: (3 месяца назад)
One of the least likely people to join cults: *Atheists* Yeah sorry organizers, you can put me on your blacklist.
Amones-Ray (3 месяца назад)
Sounds a lot like the capitalist nation state. Charismatic poplists for leaders. Most people go well over the first ten years of their life before even being introduced to other concepts of democracy and economy. Society is equated to statehood, so enemies of the state are enemies of society and need to be contained.
Orella Minx (3 месяца назад)
Cult is just the reclaimed label for religion, used by the religious to keep their religion the dominate one. You can't let the fringe beliefs gain to much traction before it starts to eat into your religions profits and power.
thesupergreenjudy (3 месяца назад)
Cults = Groups I don't like
thesupergreenjudy (3 месяца назад)
Wow, this all applies to the Youtube comment section. Run for your life!!!
LagiNaLangAko23 (3 месяца назад)
Organized religion are simply cults that went mainstream.
Garfeef (3 месяца назад)
Society is a cult
zenfrodo (3 месяца назад)
NeoPagan leader Isaac Bonewits developed a cult-evaluation method years ago, and it holds up. I'm surprised more people don't know about it: http://www.neopagan.net/ABCDEF.html
anana3322 (3 месяца назад)
Your videos are very informative. Keep up the good work.
Vulxanis Viceroy (3 месяца назад)
So leftism is a cult
Igo Silva (3 месяца назад)
Religion????
Tragoudistros.MPH (3 месяца назад)
Please, join our charismatic hostess, and subscribe... 😕😝
bahutmut (3 месяца назад)
*mega church cough*
LateNightHacks (3 месяца назад)
Weak minds, that's why
damoser (3 месяца назад)
Funny how people can watch a video specifically outlining what a cult is and does, then try to apply it to groups that absolutely do not do those things. Good job on proving your confirmation biases there, people.
JarlN (3 месяца назад)
So these multi-cultural radical feminist movements are cults?
Joe Potts (3 месяца назад)
When I hear the word "Cult" I think of blue öysters
mercaptopropyl (3 месяца назад)
I joined the Chronic Lyme cult for a while and had no clue it was a cult until it was too late. They have real symptoms but "Chronic Lyme" is a fake diagnosis.
RUSure about that (3 месяца назад)
*Dumb* people are at risk
Charles Rosenbauer (3 месяца назад)
What's the difference between a cult and a political ideology?
Paul Young Jr (3 месяца назад)
Oh no! have I been secretly indoctrinated into the cult of Trek?
Josh Campbell (3 месяца назад)
Everything is a cult. Not being in a cult is a cult, you just didn't know it. And now you can never un-know it.
DrumWild (3 месяца назад)
I’m perfectly fine with the fact that NOBODY is driving the bus.
TheTayz (3 месяца назад)
2:49 Gee, if that doesn't sound like some modern political strategy I don't know what does.
MINIMAN of iron (3 месяца назад)
religion is a cult. how? you get manipulated to belive something without proof.
dかいり (3 месяца назад)
Did you just taught bad people how to build a cult?
Neiot (3 месяца назад)
My question is whether there are cults that are a positive influence on a person. Would it be wrong to call something as innocent as a book club a domestic cult, or should cults have negative connotations?
LMacNeill (3 месяца назад)
One of us! One of us! One of us! One of us! One of us! One of us! One of us! One of us! One of us! One of us! ...
Zonofv 1 (3 месяца назад)
DFTBA
Jesse Stewart (3 месяца назад)
The "just like you and me" thing is an obvious oversimplification. If I were "just like" someone who decided to join a cult, then I would most likely be in a cult too, or it would be fairly easy to convince me to join one. Now, saying they're "normal people" I can definitely agree with, because that's a very broad definition that includes the majority of people on the planet. I just resent the oversimplification.
godlessyurifan (3 месяца назад)
In religious studies, we prefer not to use the term "cult" because there's no disciplined, principled way of distinguishing a "cult" from a religion you don't like. People will categorize everything from Jehovah's Witnesses to Raelianism to Mormonism to Neo-Paganism as "cults." Of course, some of these are disgusting, manipulative, authoritarian groups - but pretty much just in the way that conservative Christians generally are. Because they ARE just conservative Christians with some innovative religious ideas. But then treating Wiccans, Raelians, and other more egalitarian and progressive groups as NOT cults, because they're progressive, kind of implies a political bias to using the term.... It's pretty clear you have no familiarity with Neo-Paganism if you think Neo-Pagans have all been brainwashed. But then again... there isn't really any scientific basis for concluding that joining conservative groups is the result of brainwashing, either. This has been established in academia for decades by this point, ever since around the time of the moral panic surrounding cults in the 1970s or so.
Xedma (3 месяца назад)
The only reason I joined a cult was because I didn’t read the End User License Agreement before agreeing. Amicus be with you.
Iku Rizqu (3 месяца назад)
Anyone else get the 42 reference
Atlas (3 месяца назад)
Viva España
Javier Sevilla (3 месяца назад)
It's funny that lately, I've been arguing with friends that support an initiative to ban the cults in Spain. I don't think they should be banned, at least, not until all religions are categorized as cults too.
Marlow Morbid (3 месяца назад)
I actually did a personal analysis on Evangelical Christianity as a possible cult (being formerly Evangelical Christian myself). no doubt it 100% matches the criteria, with the only exceptions being churches that don't isolate or publicly shame its members (very few)
dj586858 (2 месяца назад)
I know I'm a bit late watching this video but I have to say that not all people who consider themselves Christians are the same. If you are intolerant & dismissive toward others, how is that showing God's love? Jesus was criticized by the religious rulers often because He ate in the homes of those considered the worst of society. The word "evangelize" makes me think of those melodramatic tv preachers who often give Christianity a bad name. I can only hope to be a good example (though I often fail) & to encourage others & help them believe just how special they are. Penn Jillette of Penn & Teller said in a video that he doesn't believe in God but those of us who do, who truly believe in that whole story, best be telling everybody we know. How could we believe it & not do that?
J P (3 месяца назад)
The isolation and shaming doesn't have to be physical, it can be psychological, and in christianity it is psychological. In Christianity you are basically made to feel like a worthless scumbag and only Jesus can save you from that and anyone who doesn't believe in Jesus is from the devil and Christians shouldn't ever spend time with them other than to evangelize. It's in the Bible.
Kaitlin Rink (3 месяца назад)
many members do choose to associate almost exclusively with other members to avoid non-believers. case in point: my mother, who has become increasingly intolerant and dismissive towards anyone who doesn't share her exact set of beliefs.
Throttle Kitty (3 месяца назад)
Because they are asked kindly, of coarse. *Would you kindly* join my cult and post a comment down bellow. Thank you.
Adam Eden (3 месяца назад)
Scientology.
Dank Hank (3 месяца назад)
I’m in a 420 cult
Iasso (3 месяца назад)
Thanks for not being filled with verbal ads like the other SciShow channels.
khartog01 (3 месяца назад)
A cult is a just a church without the tax benefits.
NorthObsidianG (3 месяца назад)
I wanna make a cult.. to bring enlightenment and purpose to everyone.. like the emperor of mankind
Steph Ss (3 месяца назад)
See Veganism is not a cult.
Sonja Morrison (3 месяца назад)
Alcoholic Anonymous is a prime example of a cult.
MasterMazeProductions (3 месяца назад)
0:34 soon as I heard this my brain drew a connection between cults and Initial Crypto-Coin Offerings..
TheGreen Jarret (3 месяца назад)
Stupidity. Being born and raised in a catholic sect, i can tell you this much : they all stupidAF. Religions are a fit for weak minds.
Mongis Lort (3 месяца назад)
sounds like religion
Jovany Leal (3 месяца назад)
Kinda sounds like college lol
ReligionForBreakfast (3 месяца назад)
Whoa, SciShow dabbling in religious studies research. Surprised. A few thoughts: 1) Scholars of new religious movements tend to use cult to refer to "marginalized groups in high tension with the surrounding cultures" (quoting Dr. Megan Goodwin, a religious studies scholar). These groups don't necessarily involve coercion, violence, abuse, etc...but they can. 2) Scholars use "New Religious Movement" purposely to try to avoid connotations of violence and coercion...this refers simply to religious movements that are "new" (within the past 100 years for example). 3) People often use "Cult" as a pejorative term to attack, marginalize, or delegitimize religious groups that they don't like. It is "us vs. them" language. So I'm glad SciShow was careful to try to define the term at first. The scholarly use of the term differs from how lots of people use it in every day language.
Cowboy Hank (3 месяца назад)
Trump supporters come to mind
Nory-Chan (3 месяца назад)
According to ex-members the KKK is a legit cult. They even control information and excommunicate their ex members from their families. Beisdes all the other things like sayimg they are the chosen ones and all that crap.
Blaze It Ken (3 месяца назад)
Well, there's always the foreskin cult of christianity you can join.
Nory-Chan (3 месяца назад)
I love how the things that cults offer are the same things Millenials are made fun of for trying to works towards it without joining a cult. Those dang Millenials wanting a life with purpose and always talking about changing the world!
Madara Uchiha (3 месяца назад)
I created a cult. We eventually ruled the world. We call ourselves the Uchiha Clan.
Max Covfefe (3 месяца назад)
LOL, I started listening to a few H. P. Lovecraft stories on YouTube, and now it's offering all kinds of weird suggestions for videos it thinks I'd like. Not that it was wrong about this video... :)
Tom shiba (3 месяца назад)
the first thing i think about when i hear the word cult is religion
Jonathan (3 месяца назад)
From the audio of Jonestown. He forced them not "instructed".
Galldune (3 месяца назад)
So what's wrong with me... I just want to live alone and only have the internet as my connection to others....
LUL (3 месяца назад)
I am not in a cult led by Poppy.
slap_my_hand (3 месяца назад)
Well, joke's on you cause i'm far to insecure to join any group IRL!
Gabriel Frostbrand (3 месяца назад)
I think the great tragedy is that every sort of socially organized group of humans based on some sort of belief-system, creed or standard will always be cult-like to one degree or another. And to the degree that it is not it will always be in danger of being subverted, dismantled, subjugated or taken over by those groups that are more cultish, while still being funktional enough.
Simone (3 месяца назад)
"just like you and me.." How about you speak for your self. I get what you are trying to say, but it was a bit impolite to assume.
inademv (3 месяца назад)
When I hear "cult" I think of the Republican party.
Zakaria (3 месяца назад)
This is Norma from OITNB.
Daniel Mbaabu (3 месяца назад)
thanks, discount captain marvel
Jeremiah Larkins (3 месяца назад)
You had me at the title... Is it to early to say I love you?
The God Emperor (3 месяца назад)
All religions are cults, that's the hard truth.
GRBTutorials (3 месяца назад)
Because they were taught to join them since they were very young (whatever the church associated to it is). And yes, I’m saying religions are cults.

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