Are you aware that Shane used to be in a cult? Well he did, and it was weird.
In this episode, Shane describes his experience of being part of a martial arts school that slid off the rails, with bizarre (holy water related) consequences.
Also, Shane & Ollie discuss the manipulative tactics cult leaders use to brainwash people. If you want to build what Shane calls "mental self-defense" and avoid the trappings of cultism, this episode is a must listen.
In this episode...
Some of the points covered in today's conversation:
- The Cult Leader's Playbook - The step-by-step of how charismatic and influential leaders manipulate people into joining them.
- Shane's experience of watching a simple martial arts school slowly devolve into a cult.
- Why any cult requires a strong "us vs. them" frame.
- The reason that cults such as Scientology require progressively deeper levels of investment.