RJDiogenes, on 29 April 2018 - 05:13 PM, said:
The only explanation is mental illness. That little silicon chip that the Boomtown Rats sang about. The human brain is as vulnerable to defect and damage as anything else.
I doubt that. Contrary to societal stigmas and glib pop psychology, mentally ill people are more often the victims of abuse, violence, and exploitation than the perpetrators of it. If someone is functional enough to convincingly persuade people to follow her into a cult, then she's probably sane. But our society has all sorts of exploitations and abuses of women woven into its fabric, and sometimes women can be manipulated into going along with them and believing they're actually beneficial. It's not a mental defect, it's a societal defect.
Surely in the wake of Harvey Weinstein, Andrew Kreisberg, Trump, and others, we should recognize how many sexually abusive and manipulative authority figures there are pervading the entertainment industry, and how much pressure there has always been for women to submit to being sexualized and used. And those pressures are not limited to that industry. Women face them every day. There's no telling what kind of mistreatment Mack may have endured in her life that made her receptive to being drawn into a cult. People who join cults have usually been treated badly by life and have poor self-esteem and little hope. They'll latch onto anything that feels like it gives their lives sense and purpose, and that makes them vulnerable to exploitation, and to being convinced that they have a duty to help exploit others in turn.