All religions, educational institutions, fraternities, sororities, charter schools, political affiliations, self-help societies all issue some form of “anxiety-free” card…

..All religions, educational institutions, fraternities, sororities, charter schools, political affiliations, self-help societies all issue some form of “anxiety-free” card…

…Has the Republican Party Become a Trump Cult…? 

All cults are mutual adulation societies that issue get-out-of-anxiety-free trump cards to all members….

By Jeremy Sherman / AlterNet……..July 13, 2018, 1:20 AM GMT

Experimental psychologist, John Gottman’s Love Lab research demonstrates that in order to sustain a romantic partnership you need five good interactions to offset every bad one. Apparently, we’re so much more sensitive to discouragement that we need five encouraging experiences to dilute one disappointing exchange.

Could that five-to-one ratio also help explain the encouragement so many people thrive upon in cults?

“Cult” is a pejorative term. We know they’re dangerous and bad, but what are they exactly? Without a clear, objective definition, people feel free to go around accusing any movement that they don’t like of being a cult.

 

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