When that happens, the final stage of “identification and transference” begins. The cultist sees he has been duped. The person who has accomplished this revelation is the deprogrammer. They two are on the same side. The cultist identifies with the deprogrammer. Together they become opponents of the cult.
According to Dr. John G. Clark, Jr…. deprogramming should be called “repersonalization.” He says the process restores the cultist’s ability to make personal choices, to employ old language skills, and to bring back memories and old relationships. The process has given back the recruit’s rightful personality, and the recruit is now in control again.1
- Johnson, Joan. The Cult Movement. Watts, 1984. 92. [↩]