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Religious sects – a poisonous cocktail
"A wonderful truth that solves everything. Next kärleksbombning, insulation and a slow normalization of the unthinkable."

"anybody can fall into a destructive cult, according to the experts."

"For those who have never been in the vicinity of a destructive cult, it seems that comes up in connection with the prosecution of parts of the pipeline in Knutbyförsamlingen as completely incomprehensible."

"ill-treatment, abuse and sexual exploitation by person in position of dependence is the classification of offences. Målsägandena said to have been punished in different ways both physically and physically – insulted, belittled and bullied if they are not bent out enough for the lead. They have found themselves in it, because they thought that he who defies management also defying God."

"– No man walks into a congregation as the Experience of being assaulted. It is a process of normalisation, in combination with insulation. When there are religious overtones, it becomes an incredibly toxic cocktail, " says Helena Löfgren, a licensed psychologist specializing in undue influence."

"She explains that we are all vulnerable at some time in life. If we then encounter someone with a wonderful truth that solves everything so we can arrive there."

"Helena Löfgren, myself has the experience of being in a destructive cult. In his youth, in the early 90's, she was in the Moonrörelsen in two years, but came loose from there. Since then she has trained as a psychologist and therapist and has been working to help people affected by sects."

"– There is also a model in anknytningsteorin in psychology. According to new research, we have with us the connection throughout the life. Children to have an insecure attachment when the caregiver, who the child should seek refuge with, have been the that is terrifying. The child is looking for, nevertheless the protection of the person. Then forced the child to deny a part of himself in order to get the protection. It allows the connection disturbed. The child is then unable to reflect critically over the relationship."

"But the person who had a secure attachment is not protected," she explains."

"Then you think perhaps that all the people are nice," said Helena Löfgren."

"Staffan Rosander, a coordinator at the organization of the Association save the individual (Fri), which works to support people who get into cults, are on the same line."

"– You might think that those who join cults are stupid people. However, they are not, they are really just in the wrong place at the wrong time. They get an offer that they think is good, " he says."

"There can be deals of various character, depending on the type of the sect. Der can be about religious solutions, livsåskådningsinriktningar, opportunities to earn money or to gain power, and importance in, for example, motorcycle gangs."

"there is Then a very slow and finkalibrerad normalization, explain the experts. Helena Löfgren compare the normalization to that of a beaten woman is exposed to in a destructive relationship. Slowly, slowly it becomes unthinkable of course."

" Manipulation is not a big step. Many people say that the manipulation must be extraordinary, but it is not. It is the concentration of manipulationstillfällen as it is, says Helena Löfgren."

"the Leaders of devaluing also slowly the members of the old life, and the participants cutting off more and more. Finally, it can be so that the ties to former friends, family, job, and training is cut completely. Is the member in a very vulnerable position, completely dependent on the sect. The way back will be jättesvår."

"– Some sects even have their own language. Scientologists, for example, have a list with 3 000 words with special meanings. It can also be the same, shared clothing, or one's own religious orientation and faith, " says Staffan Rosander."

"Often held, the new members separated from each other to not be able to compare their experiences," he says."

"– also, There are often at least three different truths in a cult. Secondly, the sect convey outwards, and both the members. In addition, usually have the lead a own truth that no one else has the knowledge, " says Staffan Rosander."

"According to the Helena Löfgren is no"

"* It is in a hurry. For example, the earth will soon go under and you must hurry to join."

"* Kärleksbombning. The community is made very attractive, for example, by compliments and appreciation."

"* the Leader uses the authority that are not real, for example, specific properties, fine training or lofty positions. It is easy to be seduced and skip the review."

"* You get something and are put in debt. Want to give back."

"* If the solution to doubt is distorted. For example, if want to withdraw to think after being told that what is needed instead is more prayers, participation or engagement."

"Source: Helena Löfgren, psychologist and therapist."

"According to the Association save the individual is the word sect does not really negatively charged. Only then the sect is destructive it becomes dangerous. For example, the sect methods offer manipulation and exploitation. There are 300-400 different associations in Sweden that can be called sects. 30 of these are destructive."

"There are many different types of sects. Partly, of course, the religious, and partly livsåskådningssekter and also economic sects, which sells products in kedjebrevs or pyramidal shape."

"Source: the Association save the individual"

"the Question is why destructive cults arise. Staffan Rosander, the organization of Free, pointing to the need for power of the founders, which he thinks is the main driving force. Power corrupts and makes sektledarna lose their foothold in the it normal, even if the sect order has been good from the beginning. Money can also be a motivator, especially for some of the sects, he believes."

"Helena Löfgren believe that sects arise when the purpose according to the founder justifies the means, where everything is subordinated to the sect purposes. For example, she thinks that we will soon see the klimatsekter."

"Source: the Association save the individual, and Helena Löfgren, psychologist and therapist."

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