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Date Posted: 09:37:03 03/30/05 Wed
Author: Chris
Subject: Re: That which...
In reply to: Tony Lang 's message, "Re: That which..." on 05:32:25 03/30/05 Wed

Is there any recorded studies of former members of abusive
cults repeating their mistakes.

This may happen if these members did not really process and "digest" what they experienced. Many UBF members did not really understand what was wrong when they left. They knew leaders treated them badly, they were hurt, they even knew something was wrong with the theology, but they could not grasp it. In the past, most dropouts also believed they were the only ones with problems, since there was no Internet forum or anything. Maybe these kind of people could make a similar mistake again.

But normally, the cult experience is something like a healthy illness. If you've got chickenpox, you will usually not get it again. Your body develops antibodies. It is similar with cults. As a dropout, you usually become very sensitive for mind control situations and the like. It is much more probable that they catch a person who is unsuspicious. Unless they are very, very naive, I think cult dropouts don't repeat their mistakes. Quite to the contrary, they have difficulties to ever join a group and make friends again, even with very healthy groups.

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