Disguised in political, spiritual, or mystical garb, a psychological contagion breeds self-mistrust, guilt, and makes one susceptible to authoritarian control.
In the ashram1, spiritual advancement was measured by the position of the person within the organization.
Thesis: Meditation peddlers often use manipulation techniques to gain follower disciples Meditation itself is not manipulative, but many guru-teachers are.
What happens when members experience psychological damage? How do group leaders react to changes coming from members of the group?