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Trump's Narcissism Is a Feature, Not a Bug

John C. Wathey | Posted 05.31.2016 | Science
John C. Wathey

Embed from Getty Images Evolution May Explain the Allure of Donald Trump David Brooks, columnist for the New York Times, is repulsed by Donald Trump...

Life Inside This Cult Was Beautiful, Until It Wasn't

The Huffington Post | Matthew Jacobs | Posted 05.27.2016 | Entertainment

In 1985, recent film-school graduate Will Allen found what appeared to be an exciting alternative community in Los Angeles....

From Attraction to Action -- How Young People Are Radicalized

Massoud Khodabandeh | Posted 05.23.2016 | Politics
Massoud Khodabandeh

In the search for 'what makes young people vulnerable to radicalization', there are many push pull factors we can consider: home life, culture, politics, religion, criminality, social ills and the very children themselves - what on earth is wrong with them?!

The Path - The Most Uncomfortable Show that I Can't Stop Watching

Steven Schlozman, M.D. | Posted 04.25.2016 | Entertainment
Steven Schlozman, M.D.

I am uncomfortably under the spell of Hulu's new drama, The Path. I promise no spoilers in this essay, so don't worry as we start by going over the p...

How Cults Exploit One of Our Most Basic Psychological Urges

The Conversation US | Posted 04.14.2016 | Religion
The Conversation US

Beyond exploiting human desire for emotional comfort, cult leaders don't always have the best intentions when it comes to the mental health of their followers.

7 Killer Cults From Around the Globe

The Lineup | Posted 11.20.2015 | Crime
The Lineup

By Steven Casale Suicide as an interstellar ticket to a spaceship before Earth self-destructs. A race war that requires the murder of a pregnant woma...

Accused U.S. Cult Leader Reportedly Attempts Suicide In Brazil

The Huffington Post | David Lohr | Posted 11.20.2015 | Crime

Victor Barnard, the leader of a cult-like religious sect who was on the U.S. Marshals' "Most Wanted" list, has reportedly attempted suicide in his Bra...

The Cult of Two: Understanding Jonestown

Loren-Paul Caplin | Posted 10.22.2015 | Religion
Loren-Paul Caplin

My cousin died in November 1978 in the Jonestown Massacre, the largest mass murder/suicide in American history. Gene Chaikin was a lawyer for Jim Jones and Peoples Temple.

When You Feel Frozen and Alone at Church

Caroline Garnet McGraw | Posted 08.09.2015 | Religion
Caroline Garnet McGraw

So many of us are walking around with a judge and jury in our heads. We don't believe that we're enough as we are. Instead, we're putting ourselves on trial, and the "verdicts" leave us feeling unworthy and isolated. But what happens when we embrace freedom, even though we're afraid? It's revolutionary.

The Invisibles: An Interview With Author Cecilia Galante

Hilal Isler | Posted 08.06.2015 | Books
Hilal Isler

Galante's latest novel, The Invisibles, is for adults. It was published yesterday. Here, Galante opens up about her past, her banned book, and why we are always in a process of becoming.

Ego Is Good

Shahram Shiva | Posted 06.22.2016 | GPS for the Soul
Shahram Shiva

There are a few common ways to control large groups of people, they include nationalism, promise of economic prosperity, spirituality and religion. ...

Millions of American Workers Suddenly Realize They Belong to a Cult

Kipp Friedman | Posted 05.18.2016 | Comedy
Kipp Friedman

"It's pretty weird how they make us sing the company song each morning at our desk like the pledge of allegiance," said Bill P. of Topeka, Kansas, a 20-year veteran of a major American accounting firm who asked to remain anonymous for fear of retribution.

Fugitive Minnesota Cult Leader Accused Of Child Molestation Captured In Brazil

The Huffington Post | David Lohr | Posted 03.02.2015 | Crime

The leader of a cult-like religious sect who was on the U.S. Marshall's Most Wanted List has been arrested by Brazilian authorities and faces extradit...

5 Reasons the Republican Party Might Be a Cult

Hal Donahue | Posted 04.18.2015 | Politics
Hal Donahue

Are Republicans and many conservatives in a cult? The thought arose from a letter to the editor of the Scranton Times-Tribune by Mr. William Lewis, an...

Christmas According to the Westboro Baptist Church

Susan Kraus | Posted 02.22.2015 | Religion
Susan Kraus

The Westboro Baptist Church expresses their beliefs through parodies of traditional carols or holiday songs. For its members, Christmas is simply one more example of pagan inspired idolatry, completely lacking in Biblical basis.

ISIS Is a Cult That Uses Terrorism: A Fresh New Strategy

Steven Hassan | Posted 12.21.2014 | World
Steven Hassan

The good news, and I speak here as a former member of a totalistic group, is that the 'cult' word has finally leapt into the conversation about ISIS. But it does so in a way that barely scratches the surface of what makes ISIS a cult; what draws people to it; and how to stop them.

Fugitive Minnesota Cult Leader Spotted In Washington

The Huffington Post | David Lohr | Posted 08.14.2014 | Crime

Authorities in Washington say they have received a "credible tip" as to the location of Victor Barnard, the leader of a cult-like religious sect who i...

Growing up in Bill Gothard's Homeschool Cult

Micah J. Murray | Posted 07.06.2014 | Religion
Micah J. Murray

When I tell my story, people say "You should hate God by now. It's a miracle you're a Christian at all. They're right. It's a miracle.

MANHUNT: Fugitive Cult Leader Allegedly Said Sex With Kids Normal 'Because It Was In God's Word'

The Huffington Post | David Lohr | Posted 04.16.2014 | Crime

State and federal authorities are searching two states Wednesday for Victor Arden Barnard, the leader of a cult-like religious sect who is accused of ...

ReThink Review: The Wolf of Wall Street -- Why Depiction Isn't Endorsement

Jonathan Kim | Posted 03.05.2014 | Entertainment
Jonathan Kim

The Wolf of Wall Street did not create or endorse the corrupt culture and lifestyle it depicts, but simply pulls if from the shadows and puts it on display. If this inspires people to follow Belfort's example, the issue isn't the film.

Live & Dangerous: New Year's 2014

Jeff Pollack | Posted 02.18.2014 | Arts
Jeff Pollack

Music fans all over the country will be toasting to 2014 with some live music this year -- and whether you're looking to rave or prefer something a little mellower, there are plenty of great shows to choose from.

London 'Slave' Revealed To Be Enigma Codebreaker's Daughter

Evening Standard, London | | Posted 01.27.2014 | World

One of the three women allegedly held as a slave by a Maoist sect is the daughter of a Second World War codebreaker, it has been claimed. Josephine H...

London Slavery Case Continues To Get Weirder

Evening Standard, London | Justin Davenport | Posted 01.26.2014 | World

A woman who fell to her death from the home of the couple suspected of holding three slaves phoned her family shortly before in what may have been a c...

My Experience in a 'Christian' Cult

Jake Dagel | Posted 11.30.2013 | TED Weekends
Jake Dagel

We all have dreams and aspirations, and we often will do anything to achieve those dreams. Because I was not willing to listen to those with more wisdom I fell into a trap that has changed my life forever.

How to Start Your Own Cult in 7 Easy Steps

Steve Mason | Posted 11.29.2013 | TED Weekends
Steve Mason

2013-01-18-TEDplayvideo.jpgWhat's the difference between cults and religions? Mostly it's a matter of time and size. The longer a cult exists and the more followers it attracts the more legitimate it becomes despite its beginnings.