Home

How to Tell the Story of a Cult

Leave a comment

Click the link below the picture

.

Not 20 minutes into The Vow, HBO’s enthralling-then-ultimately-gasbaggy docuseries, things started to feel concerningly familiar to me. Sarah Edmondson—an engaging Canadian actor with big valedictorian energy who had joined the Albany-based organization NXIVM (pronounced nex-ee-um)—was describing how she was first drawn into a group that she would later expose as a sex cult. Edmondson’s career had stalled, and she was looking for a sign from the universe. A chance meeting on a cruise with a documentarian named Mark Vicente led her to her first five-day NXIVM seminar, where, between clunky taped interludes with ’80s fitness-video graphics, Edmondson says, she had a revelation.

The part that grabbed her came midway through when NXIVM’s co-founder Nancy Salzman theorized that people with low self-esteem let their “limiting beliefs” curb their potential. “I thought that was just the way that I was,” Edmondson says. “And then all of a sudden, like, I could systematically evolve to be the ideal version of myself. To write my own character.” The jargon comes thick and fast in The Vow: “disintegrations,” “possibilities,” “human-potential program.” To the uninitiated, this might read like so much innocuous psychobabble. But during an intensive self-development workshop, when you’re sleep-deprived, isolated, and being love-bombed by peppy idealists who speak in emphatic cadences, these kinds of ideas can feel like the secrets of the universe are being unlocked.

.

Images of the former NXIVM members India Oxenberg and Sarah EdmondsonThe former NXIVM members India Oxenberg (left) and Sarah EdmondsonStarz / HBO

.

.

Click the link below for the article:

https://www.theatlantic.com/culture/archive/2020/11/nxivm-two-ways-seduced-and-the-vow/617038/

.

__________________________________________

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

ASSHOLES WATCHING MOVIES

Our opinions don't stink!

ONLINE GRAPHIC DESIGN MARKET

An Online Design Making Site

Muserista

A perfect zone with some imperfections in itself :)

Official Shop Mart Online Shopping In Pakistan

Free Home DElivery All Over Pakistan

The Literature Soul

#Theliteraturesoul

Dewisant's Blog

Smile! You’re at the best WordPress.com site ever

MARYBLOG.IT

@maria.mignucci

Unclearer

Enjoyable Information. Focused or Not.

Mechanovation

Unveiling the Wonders of Mechatronics

GAME

game, video game, game accessories, game items

Free Fonts

Fonts Download

Balladeer's Blog

Singing the praises of things that slip through the cultural cracks

Politically Poetic

Poetry, Opinion, Politics

lastflyingcow.com

Life, love and alienation along the way...

Best regards from far,

Travel inspirators: eclectic content, in-depth articles, inspiring photos.

Texture of Parlance

Let your mind roam free in the luminous forest of the educators' writings

That's what she said by Palak

Seeking and Spreading Love

Wild Night In

Avid reader, language nerd, and fire spinner. No plans to combine the 3 yet...

Minimalglobetrotter

Alla ricerca del bello

May the Fourth

Be with you

Life Hub

Short articles to bring inspiration to people.

Real&Raw

Meraki

DiosRaw

LOVE IS THE ANSWER

littlehearts

Painting the canvas of my life with the crayons of hope ❤

skeinsand

a place to go when life gets in the way

Neutral View Point

Details Do Matter

RL WEB

MAKING LIFE BETTER

Barbara Crane Navarro

Rainforest Art Project - Pas de Cartier !

Man v Music

Getting to grips with all things music.

EDNAABLES Blog

Education Aides A Better Life Enlighten Society Foundation

Happily Lover

Happily Ever After

NSTM Planet

editorial / Opinión

The BC Area

news, travel, food, and more

神様が先生:福田泰志 ( ふくだやすし )

萩市にイエス・キリスト現る。アーメン。日本共産党(しんぶん赤旗)・宮内欣二と、五十嵐ひとみ、林哲也、を支援します。

Eco Igloo

All Things Renewable!

Artistcoveries

Discovering the joy of art

%d bloggers like this: