A client cult is a term used in sociology of religion for religions which model themselves on, and use practices resembling or inspired by, clinical psychology, psychotheraphy, psychoanalysis and psychiatry. The sociology of religion is – among other elements – the study of the practices, social structures, historical backgrounds, development, universal themes, and roles of religion in society. ... Clinical psychology is the application of psychology to mental illness or mental health problems. ... Psychoanalysis is a family of psychological theories and methods which claim to elucidate unconscious relations in a systematic way through an associative process. ... Psychiatry is a branch of medicine that studies and treats mental and emotional disorders (see mental illness). ...
Examples of groups which have been labeled client cults include the Church of Scientology and the early stages of The Process Church of the Final Judgement. Official Scientology Cross Symbol The Church of Scientology was founded by author L. Ron Hubbard as an organization dedicated to the practice of Scientology, an applied religious philosophy formulated by Hubbard. ...
You must determine with a fair degree of confidence, then, your client's dedication to the proposed litigation, his physical and psychological stamina, his ability to withstand the cult's retaliation for his apostasy and "turning" on them, and the capacity of both you and your client to sustain the expense of the effort.
When your client is likeable and his adversary is dominating, overbearing, egotistical, as cult leaders are wont to be, the jury can see the difference, and ought to as early in the trial as possible.
Cults across America have spent huge sums on their own experts, and an attorney litigating with a cult can be sure that the opposition will have a battery of experts at hand.
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