Sunday, September 19, 2010

Missing 'cult-like' group found alive

A search for the missing group began this past Saturday in Southern California after two husbands reported their wives missing. Both women were part of a "cult-like" Christian group of 13 Salvadoran immigrants all of whom, it was quickly discovered, were also missing. After a full-fledged search was mobilized the group was found praying in a park. The members were "shocked and angry" when they found out about the search efforts and investigators suspicions of a suicide pact. This article highlights many questions and issues about groups and their formation. A few of the members' spouses claimed that their wives had been "brainwashed" by the group's leader. This asks many questions about the psychology of a group. Can so many people really be "brainwashed" by a single person? Can a group dynamic make members unable to make decisions for themselves?

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