The Horror of Conformity

The horrors of conformity are often overlooked in our society. We are told from a young age to fit in and conform to the norms and expectations set forth by those around us. But at what cost? 

There are a lot of situations in which conformity is not only advantageous but necessary. But what could go wrong if you just conform without thinking about it?

Follow the Leader, or Think for Yourself?

Cults often establish conformity within the group as a way to maintain control over their members and to ensure that everyone adheres to the group’s ideology and beliefs.

Cult leaders may use a variety of techniques to encourage conformity among group members. But, it is also important to recognize that not all cults are necessarily harmful.

But When Guided by Evil’s Hands, a Cult Can Be Terrifying

You probably heard of cult groups that were manipulated into committing heinous acts by their leaders. 

What dark secrets do these leaders hold that allowed them to twist the minds of their followers?  One word: charisma.

But how do these leaders manage to sway their followers to conform to their beliefs and behaviors, even if those are considered heinous?

Fostering a Sense of Belonging

One tactic is the creation of a sense of community and belonging. As Peoples Temple grew in popularity, its charismatic leader Jim Jones fostered a sense of belongingness  that was unparalleled.

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