The consequences of cultism include decreased morale, a need for substances and incarceration of individuals who were involved in the cult. The cults can greatly affect populations and can cause seemingly innocent people to become tangled up in criminal activities that are performed as parts of cult rituals.
There are many reasons that students and other individuals would get involved with a cult. The need for friendship, acceptance and validation are among the top reasons that people choose to get involved with a cult. Cults often have deceptive tactics that can make activities seem like exciting group events. Cult leaders can also be very deceptive to make students and other individuals feel like they are part of something special. They may promise the individuals certain benefits that they would not be able to find anywhere else. People who do not have many friends, have a difficult time in social situations and do not understand how to form bonds are the most likely people to get involved with cult activities. Cult leaders prey on these types of people and will manipulate them into joining the cult. A person who was leading an otherwise normal life may be subjected to criminal activity, illegal substances and tactics of force.