Jim Jones. (Wikipedia)

Personality is a dangerous thing, and the ability to influence people can be used for ill just as easily as it's used for good. We naturally find ourselves attracted to magnetic people, allowing their charisma to blind ourselves to their intentions and ideas.

Criminology and psychology researcher Joe Navarro has dedicated his life to understanding the twisted charisma of cults and cult leaders. Here, we've outlined his list of 50 traits common to cult leaders that help them dominate the lives of others.



He has a grandiose idea of who he is and what he can achieve.



Is preoccupied with fantasies of unlimited success, power, or brilliance.



Demands blind, unquestioned obedience.



Requires excessive admiration from followers and outsiders.



Is arrogant and haughty in his behavior or attitude.



Has a sense of entitlement - expecting to be treated special at all times.



Is exploitative of others by asking for their money or that of relatives putting others at financial risk.



Has an exaggerated sense of power (entitlement) that allows him to bend rules and break laws.



Takes sexual advantage of members of his sect or cult.



Sex is a requirement with adults and sub adults as part of a ritual or rite.



Is hypersensitive to how he is seen or perceived by others.



Publicly devalues others as being inferior, incapable, or not worthy.



Makes members confess their sins or faults publicly subjecting them to ridicule or humiliation while revealing exploitable weaknesses of the penitent.



Has ignored the needs of others, including: biological, physical, emotional, and financial needs.



Is frequently boastful of accomplishments.



Doesn't seem to listen well to needs of others, communication is usually one-way in the form of dictates.



Needs to be the centre of attention and does things to distract others to insure that he or she is being noticed by arriving late, using exotic clothing, overdramatic speech, or by making theatrical entrances.



Has insisted in always having the best of anything (house, car, jewelry, clothes) even when others are relegated to lesser facilities, amenities, or clothing.



Haughtiness, grandiosity, and the need to be controlling is part of his personality.



Behaves as though people are objects to be used, manipulated or exploited for personal gain.



When criticized he tends to lash out not just with anger but with rage.



Anyone who criticizes or questions him is called an enemy.



Refers to non-members or non-believers in him as the enemy.



Acts imperious at times, not wishing to know what others think or desire.



Believes himself to be omnipotent.



Has magical or unconventional answers or solutions to problems.



Is superficially charming.



Habitually puts down others as inferior and only he is superior.



Has a certain coldness or aloofness about him that makes others worry about who this person really is and or whether they really know him.



Is deeply offended when there are perceived signs of boredom, being ignored or of being slighted.



Treats others with contempt and arrogance.



Is constantly assessing for those who are a threat or those who revere him.



The word I dominates his conversations. He is oblivious to how often he references himself.



Hates to be embarrassed or fail publicly - when he does he acts out with rage.



Doesn't seem to feel guilty for any wrongdoing nor does he apologize for his actions.



Believes he possesses the answers and solutions to world problems.



Believes himself to be a deity or a chosen representative of a deity.



Rigid, unbending, or insensitive describes how this person thinks.



Tries to control others in what they do, read, view, or think.



Has isolated members of his sect from contact with family or outside world.



Monitors and or restricts contact with family or outsiders.



Works the least but demands the most.



Has stated that he is destined for greatness or that he will be martyred.



Uses enforcers or sycophants to insure compliance from members or believers.



Seems to be highly dependent of tribute and adoration and will often fish for compliments.



Sees self as unstoppable perhaps has even said so.



Conceals background or family which would disclose how plain or ordinary he is.



Doesn't see anything wrong with himself; in fact, sees himself as perfect or blessed



Has taken away the freedom to leave, to travel, to pursue life, and liberty of followers.



Has isolated the group physically (moved to a remote area) so as to not be observed.

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Have you ever been reading a book, watching a movie, or even sitting down for a fantastical cartoon and began to salivate when the characters dig into some doozy of a made up food?

You're not alone.

Food is apparently fertile ground for creativity. Authors, movie directors, and animators all can't help but put a little extra time and effort into the process of making characters' tasty delights mouthwatering even for audiences on the other side of the screen.

Read on for a perfect mixture of nostalgia and hunger.

AllWhammyNoMorals asked, "What's a fictional food you've always wanted to try?"

Some people were all about the magical foods eaten in the magical places. They couldn't help but wish they could bite into something with fantastical properties and unearthly deliciousness.


"Enchanted golden apple" -- DabbingIsSo2015

"The Minecraft eating sounds make me hungry" -- FishingHobo

"Gotta love that health regeneration" -- r2celjazz

"Pretty sure those are based off the golden apples that grant immortality. Norse mythology I think?" -- Raven_of_Blades

Take Your Pick

"Nearly any food from Charlie and the Chocolate factory" -- CrimsonFox100

"Came here to say snozzberries!" -- Utah_Writer

"Everlasting Gobstoppers #1, but also when they're free to roam near the chocolate river and the entire environment is edible." -- devo9er

Peak Efficiency

"Lembas" -- Roxwords

"The one that fills you with just a bite? My fat a** would be making sandwiches with two lembas breads and putting bacon, avocado and cheese inside. Then probably go for some dessert afterwards. No wonder why those elves are all skinny, eating just one measly bite of this stuff." -- sushister

Some people got stuck on the foods they saw in the cartoons they watched growing up. The vibrant colors, the artistic sounds, and the exaggerated movements all come together to form some good-looking fake grub.

The One and Only

"Krabby patty 🍔" -- Cat_xox

"And a kelp shake" -- titsclitsntennerbits

"As a kid I always pretended burgers from McDonalds were Krabby Patties, heck from time to time I still do for the nostalgia of it all. Many of my friends did the same thing." -- Thisissuchadragtodo


"The pizza from an extremely goofy movie. The stringy cheese just looked magical lol" -- ES_Verified

"The pizza in the old TMNT cartoon as well." -- gate_of_steiner85

"Only bested by the pizza from All Dogs Go to Heaven." -- Purdaddy

Get a Big Old Chunk

"Those giant turkey drumsticks in old cartoons that characters would tear huge chunks out of. Those things looked amazing, turkey drumsticks in real life suck and are annoying to eat."

-- Ozwaldo

Slurp, Slurp, Slurp

"Every bowl of ramen on any anime, ever." -- Cat_xox

"Studio Ghibli eggs and bacon" -- DrManhattan_DDM

"Honestly, any food in anime. I swear to god half the budget no matter what the studio goes into making the food look absolutely delicious." -- Viridun

Finally, some highlighted the things that aren't quite so far-fetched, but still far enough away that it's nothing we'll be eating anytime soon.

That tease can be enough to make your mouth water.

What's In It??

"Butter beer" -- Damn_Dog_Inappropes

"came here to say this. i was pretty disappointed with the universal studio version which was over the top sweet. it was more of a butterscotch root beer. i imagine butter beer to be something more like butter and beer, which wouldn't be crazy sweet, but would have a very deep rich flavor" -- crazyskiingsloth

Slice of the Future

"The microwave pizzas in back to the future two" -- biggiemick91

"I've been fascinated with those for years! They just look so good!" -- skoros

As Sweet As They Had

"The Turkish Delight from Lion Witch & Wardrobe. The real ones I had weren't bad but nothing special." -- spoon_shaped_spoon

"Came here to say this. I know it's a real thing, but I always imagined that it must have been amazing to betray your siblings over." -- la_yes

"You're used to freely available too sweet sweets. For a WW2 era schoolkid, it would have represented all the sweets for an entire year." -- ResponsibleLimeade

Here's hoping you made it through the list without going into kitchen for some snack you didn't actually need.

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