The subject is cognitive dissonance, which I thought I knew (and did to some degree). But in these episodes, Elliot Aronson, a psychologist and academic researcher who has devoted decades of his life to the subject, explains how cognitive dissonance impacts all of us, all the time.
Since leaving xCF, I've often wondered why people stay in groups like this. Sure, there are very real reasons people stay. Fear of being cut off from family and friends, starting life over again, losing salvation... the list goes on.
I think the majority of xCF members, deep down, think there may be issues. Over the decades, countless leaders have suddenly been denounced under a cloud of mystery or dubious reasoning. And over the past ten years, there would have to have been hundreds of good, genuine people leaving the church, mostly with a preference to do it quietly. Most of the current xCF members will be well aware of these things. But at the same time, they would say, and maybe even sing, "There's no place I'd rather be". Why?
Cognitive dissonance has a fair bit to do with why people stay, and manipulative leaders are masters of exploiting this part of human nature. But rather than fumble over an answer, I'll hand it to the (genuine) experts. So get your walking shoes ready (or put the kettle on for a brew).
How We Live With Contradictions
https://hiddenbrain.org/podcast/how-we- ... adictions/
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