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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.

Becoming Prey To Cults

Carol Smaldino | Posted 09.28.2013 | TED Weekends
Carol Smaldino

If we are all capable of violence and submission -- especially when we are out of touch with our own shadows (and how could we tame them if we don't even know what they are?) -- then I too could be vulnerable to a cult.

Cults Come In All Kinds: The Head Is Not A Great Neighborhood To Live In

Lama Surya Das | Posted 09.28.2013 | TED Weekends
Lama Surya Das

2013-01-18-TEDplayvideo.jpgI'm not foolish enough to say, either explicitly or implicitly, that mine is better than yours. I'm talking about fanaticism and criminality, not beliefs and opinions -- which are harder to judge and impossible to legislate.

When Organized Religion Becomes a Cult

Eliyahu Federman | Posted 09.27.2013 | TED Weekends
Eliyahu Federman

2013-01-18-TEDplayvideo.jpgIt was either the modern unknown world, or their family. If they chose not to return, their family would disown them. Leaving their loved ones behind was not seen as an option. Sadly, that is the definition of a cult.

Examining The Conscious Choice Of Joining A Cult

Jayanti Tamm | Posted 09.27.2013 | TED Weekends
Jayanti Tamm

2013-01-18-TEDplayvideo.jpgAre they victims? Only those on the outside and ex-members view them that way. To the devout, the concept that they are 'victims' is a direct insult. How can they be victims when they have chosen their path?

How Cults Gain Power Over An Individual: A True Story

Lisa Kerr | Posted 09.27.2013 | TED Weekends
Lisa Kerr

2013-01-18-TEDplayvideo.jpgWhat makes a bright young woman join a cult and sacrifice her life to someone else's dreams? For starters, nobody joins a "cult." From the outside Master's Commission looked like the quickest path to change the world.