Tuesday, November 22, 2005

Atrocity story

The stories that some apostacies use when talking about their experience with joining and leaving a new religious movement are all often very similar, and are, by and large, very biased. These stories are often told to redeem the person's self-esteem, by painting themselves first as a naive victim and then as a redeemed crusader.

Atrocity tales are a type 3 defection narrative. (Type 1 is a formal and courteous negotation between the cult and the person on their exit, and type 2 is an exit with minimal negotations and really no hard feelings.)


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