Brainwashed By Cults Like Scientology

by Rachel Baker on March 30, 2015

This is an worthwhile essay on the HBO documentary, Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief, and how anyone could fall prey to any cult.

Here’s the Article: Anyone can be brainwashed by cults like Scientology

When I was 16, I was invited to a dinner hosted by members of the infamous Unification Church. When I was 18, I took a Scientology E-Meter test in exchange for borrowing a cell phone so I could call home. When I was 21, I dated a boy whose family evangelized self-actualization workshops. At 23, I worked two years at a tech company that seemed to sustain itself on the CEO’s magnetism, and projected optimism about “the future.”

Now at 25, you could say I’ve lived most of my life immersed in—and fascinated by—cults.

This connection is part of the reason I was drawn to the recently released documentary, Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief, a thoroughly fascinating look at the inner psychology of the Church of Scientology. The documentary, produced by HBO, shows how L. Ron Hubbard’s charisma and influence, combined with the American desire for self-determination and social justice, helped sustain an organization that is today considered as treacherous as it is wealthy. Praised at Sundance, the film features candid interviews with former members of the Church, including prominent actors, Oscar-winning directors, and the Church’s powerful second-in-command to the Church’s leader, David Miscavige. The documentary also highlights the financial toll cults take, not only the rich and famous, but also on the less visible and arguably more vulnerable members who make up its base.

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