It's human nature for us to feel like we belong. Individuals can't thrive without the influence of others who are part of various communities.

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People Share Which Strange Cults Are Still Active Today
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We like to think we've risen above the susceptibility for cults. We think we've seen enough documentaries, listened to enough podcasts, and heard enough horror stories about the broken lives and shattered families they leave in their wake, all in service of making some people at the top a little richer and a smidgen more powerful.

Then why are so man of them still around?

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Religion is a thorny issue in many families—especially when family members don’t respect each other’s religious choices. For one woman on Reddit, this issue sparked a major conflict when her late husband’s extremely religious family took her son to church against her will. She wasn’t sure about how she’d handled it, so she went to […] More
People Break Down The Groups In Society That Aren't A Cult But Totally Act Like One
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Between the Lularich sensation and the stories coming from film and entertainment employees about their dangerous and sometimes deadly working conditions, there's been a lot of chatter about "not-technically-a-cult-but-totally-a-cult" situations.

Reddit user "swiggityswoogey" asked:

What is a cult, but doesn't feel like a cult?
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People Who Have Broken Free From A Cult Describe Their Experience
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When we think of cults, we think of creepy chants and sketchy charismatic leaders who victimize vulnerable people. We tend to imagine it as a sinister thing that happens elsewhere and would be impossible for "normal" people in "the real world" to fall into.

We would be terrifyingly wrong.

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