Emmanuel Diet : alienation in religious cults and issues of adolescence

The clinical treatment of cult-induced alienation shows that the latter has to do with impasses of identification in adolescence. The deferred-action of the cult instrumentalizes, within the logic of incestual control, the subject’s narcissistic weaknesses, responding with perverse seductiveness to his demand for recognition.

Adolescence, 2008, T. 26, n°1, pp. 177-192.