I've just read a book describing the experience of a couple where the wife became involved in a cult. This couple, married for more than 20 years, and having reared three children, were both intelligent, educated and employed in professional occupations.
It seems quite incredible to me, but the author suggests every one of us could be susceptible to similar manipulation, should the cult influence come into our lives at a time when we are vulnerable for whatever reason.
I'd be really interested to know if any ASF members have had any experiences with a cult.
I personally find it difficult to differentiate between mainstream religions and those which seem to perhaps just fit the 'cult' criteria, e.g. Seventh Day Adventists. I've always only classified cults (on the rare occasions that I've thought about the subject at all) as the sort of David Karesh type stuff.
What is your understanding of what constitutes a cult? What experience have you had of same? Do you imagine you could ever fall victim to this sort of manipulation?