Cults. This essay tell about cults in north america, it tell us how they are formed and what they do. It also tell us about social interaction.

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Each year, hundreds of North Americans join one of the

increasing, estimated 3000 unorthodox religions that exist

across North America. The increasing number of cults, to date

in North America, is due to the fact that cults are a social

movement that attempts to help people cope with their perceived

problems with social interaction. Cult recruiters target those

who perceive themselves as different from the rest of society,

and give these individuals the sense of belonging that they

crave. Cult literature lures potential cult members by

appealing to their desperate need to socially fit in. Cults

provide a controlled family environment that appeals to

potential cult members because it is a removal from the

exterior society. Cult recruiters prey on those who see

themselves as alienated from the rest of society, and give

these people the sense of conformity that they desire. A common

method of recruiters, to obtain new members, is through chat

lines on the internet.

A recorded conversation between a member

of the Divine Light Mission, Fire-Shade, and an 18-year old boy, Jay

18, was obtained off of the site, IRC Teen Chat.

Jay18: I am a really great poet, but all of the kids in my

class are pretty warped about it. I basically hide it from them

because I don't need that hassle.

Fire-Shade: My family has a great respect for the artist inside

us all. I know you live in Michigan, and our family could

always use new operatives all over the world. You have to

understand what our family is about, it is about always fitting

in and never hiding the truth to be liked or cool. Are you


Jay18: Well maybe...

Fire-Shade: Give me your phone number we really shouldn't

talk about this here.

Jay18: I would rather not give...