Unfortunately, rationality is not as intuitively appealing as remedies that simply exploit sentimental cravings. Talk directly to your partner in a clear and honest manner to arrive at mutually agreed-upon resolutions.
Sigmund Freud, in his 1927 text 'The Future of an Illusion,' argued that religion was a mere mental trick constructed to comfort believers and help them overcome insecurities – even though their acceptance of dogma was irrational. One could certainly argue that Freud, by highlighting religion's negative elements, was ignoring the potential positive outcomes correlated with spirituality such as stable relationships, moral grounding and life satisfaction.
This, according Pedersen, could include 'complete financial security, constant peace of mind, perfect health, and eternal life.'Beyond exploiting human desire for emotional comfort, cult leaders don't always have the best intentions when it comes to the mental health of their followers.
Psychiatrist Mark Banschick has pointed out that cult leaders employ mind and behavioral control techniques that are focused on severing followers' connections to the outside world.
The anxiety and depression can become so overwhelming and feel so insurmountable that the followers feel trapped.