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15: Class of Cults -- The Ultimate Cult Primer Episode

November 01, 2022 Allison Dickson Season 3 Episode 1
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15: Class of Cults -- The Ultimate Cult Primer Episode
Show Notes

If you're a psychology nerd or always wanted to be, the premier episode of Season 3: Class of Cults is all for you. Allison gathers with two of her dearest friends, Chris from 80s High, who also happens to have a psychology degree, and Dr. Bart Abplanalp, noted forensic psychologist, to discuss what cults are, what types of cults exist, and all the ways in which every one of us is vulnerable to a cultic mindset through the manipulation of emotions and language.

In order to illustrate this, we begin with a discussion on the Stanley Milgram Obedience Study and then venture on to Philip Zimbardo's Stanford Prison Experiment and its impacts on humanity's views of authority, before talking about cognitive dissonance,  personality disorders, and a myriad of other ways groups of humans can assemble in dysfunctional and destructive ways.

Hopefully this will set a firm foundation for the upcoming season chock full of education on all the cults and organizations that behave suspiciously like them. Arm yourself with knowledge!

Additional Info:

Sponsor: Local Hero Press: https://localheropress.com

Book Sources
Cults Inside Out by Rick Alan Ross

Cultish: The Language of Fanaticism by Amanda Montell https://www.amazon.com/Cultish-Language-Fanaticism-Amanda-Montell/dp/0062993151

Chris's Podcast, 80s High: https://the80shigh.podbean.com/
Dr Bart's HORR-O Horror Movie Bingo Game: https://horr-o.com/
Dr Bart's YouTube Page, Ask Dr Bart: https://www.youtube.com/user/bartpsy/videos
Milgram Experiment Wiki: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Milgram_experiment
Stanford Prison Experiment Wiki: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stanford_prison_experiment

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Show Credits:
Graphics -- Nathaniel Dickson: http://ndickson.com
Music -- Spencer Morelock, Ken Dickson

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