Manipulation, grooming, and cult-like behavior don’t just stay in the shadows. These tactics are used by religious leaders, business owners, and influencers all the time.
We can see the effects of cult tactics in recent federal court trials of Josh Duggar, Elizabeth Holmes, and Ghislaine Maxwell.
- All defendants took advantage of innocent victims (allegedly).
- All three were heavily influenced by a powerful, manipulative cult-like leader.
- And all helped to develop an organizational culture that excused horrendous behavior, allowing them to callously inflict damage on their victims for years.