5. DOOMSDAY CULTS
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… are synonymous with tragedy and disaster. But no cult is constituted as a doomsday cult, but it evolves into such a cult under the influence of a mentally challenged leader. The leader is the heart of a sect. He inspires power and influence and he identifies himself with the Messiah or with an important end-time prophet. He brings knowledge about new ways of redemption and news about imminent disasters. No group is a doomsday cult without the approval and the support of the leader. The psyches of the individuals and of the leader are in a relation of symbiosis: the adulation of the followers feeds the egocentrism of the false messiah, while the latter takes the responsibility of redeeming them. The leader controls the concepts of the individual, inhibits mental freedom and suppresses critical thinking. For him, the obedience of the followers is like a drug; it is never enough, he always needs more.