Friday, 11 March 2016

Are Cult Members Insane?

If You Encourage Anybody To Join One, You're A Complete Cult!
Cults are viewed as both sinister and strange. We associate them with gruesome violence, bizarre delusions, and perverse spirituality. Even if not all cults are sinister, the label becomes a way to distinguish more common religious beliefs from the more exotic ones.
But where does distinction become a diagnosis? Do cult beliefs, for example, qualify as psychotic? Are some so strange that adherence ought to be taken as proof of a neurochemical dysfunction? That question is the center of a paper entitled “Killer Cult Members and the Insanity Plea: Exploring the Line Between Belief and Delusion,” published this month in the Journal of the American Academy of Psychiatry and Law.
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