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The Damaged Thoughts of Ex-Cult Members

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People who have escaped cults have common thought patterns that were injected from the abusive group and its leaders.

Former cult members are often preoccupied with illnesses, health concerns and their psychological states after leaving the group.  Sometimes they experience guilt over these issues.  They realize that their education stopped when they joined the cult and as a consequence, they have neglected their health and well-being. 

Ex-cult members also seem to experience an overdose of guilt and shame. In the cult, most were obligated to enlist new members and to collect money in less than honest ways. They feel guilty about their treatment of parents, brothers, sisters, friends and even strangers.  Depending on the cult, they may have lied, committed acts of violence or carried out illegal activities at the direction of the cult leader. Upon leaving the cult, they feel guilty about tricking others into supporting the cult in some way and about the people that they recruited who are still in the cult or who never would have joined otherwise.

A former member of Scientology, Rob Robertson of World Cult Watch is aware of the health concerns, messed up thoughts and shame associated with his experience.   

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