Monday, April 4, 2022

Regarding the Leader's Decrees

Expanding on the comment I made on my previous post, I share some Google search excerpts I feel are relevant about the subject of cults, cult leaders, etc. There is obviously a great deal about this online which I find insightful in understanding the actual situation. 

What are the characteristics of a cult leader?

A cult leader is a person of tremendous charisma who makes followers feel loved and accepted. It's often suggested that cult leaders use brainwashing tactics to attract and keep followers. In many instances, cult members deeply identify and admire their leader.

What are the characteristics of a cult?

Specific factors in cult behavior are said to include manipulative and authoritarian mind control over members, communal and totalistic organization and aggressive proselytizing.

The group is focused on a living leader to whom members seem to display excessively zealous and unquestioning commitment. The group is preoccupied with bringing in new members. Questioning, doubt, and dissent are discouraged or even punished.

The group is led by one or a few individuals who are charismatic, determined, domineering. The leader(s) are self-appointed and claim to have a special mission in life....leaders answer to no higher authority, such as an oversight board.

Members show unusual or excessive devotion to some person, idea or thing.

Are Cult leaders narcissists?

They feel ultimately entitled to completely lie to you, to put on this good charming face to get you to believe what their selling....most cult leaders are narcissists and are 'bottomless pits of ego need'."


  1. People who order your books know who the liars and bullies are. I read somewhere that one family has ordered three copies for themselves and enjoy them. Keep up the good work, look forward to your latest one.

    1. Thank you for the encouragement! It means a lot as you can imagine. As best as one can work around things like having a cult of haters on their back, it is not an optimal situation. But Renato and I stay creative and productive for some reason. We find the subject intriguing and over the years the research we started here and there has developed into a rewarding network of a sorts. We keep busy. I am very excited to present the next book and every tiny delay is torture. But soon come.

  2. They cannot stop you and Renato from writing books. Some People are interested in your work. That one family that has ordered your books know now who the heroes are. I will not say where I read that because the " haters " will probably give them trouble. His neighbour also ordered one of your books and wrote that both have excellent taste in books,because that person is reading a book that you and Renato wrote. Your books are good quality. Do not be swayed by those people who are jealous of you two.They are just desperate to stop you.

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  4. Despite being the cult leader on his FB forum, Terhune has all the charisma of a bowl of oatmeal. Served cold.

  5. I wouldn't be concerned about the Terhune led VSC.

    Today, the "Studies Community" was engaged in a discussion on MAtB concerning a still photo from BEYOND THE ROCKS. It's an image of Valentino gazing at the narcissus flower in his hand that had been given to him by Gloria Swanson's character after he had rescued her from drowning.

    One of the rising stars of the "Studies Community" began the discussion by asking:
    "Can anyone tell me what the heck Rudy has on his fingertips? I do not remember this scene from any of the movies I watched."
    Obviously, in her weeks immersed in Valentino Studies she had missed BEYOND THE ROCKS.

    Not to worry...Gribbin set her straight:
    "A narcisscus flower. Plays an important part in film, BEYOND THE ROCKS..................1922."
    Notice Gribbin's creative spelling of narcissus.

    The reply from the rising star community member:
    "Thank you! Haven't seen that movie yet. He looks at it with such intensity."

    Gribbin's answer didn't quite make an impact however. Several other "scholars" subsequently attempted to discern if that really indeed was flower and what else there might possibly be in his hand.

    One of the scholars also noticed the ring on Rudy's finger in the BEYOND THE ROCKS still and came to the conclusion that this was THE cursed ring that Valentino was wearing when he died..... and that it would later be on the finger of crooner Russ Columbo who "wore that stupid ring and got shot in the eye".

    And so it goes. Glad they got this stimulating discussion in before it's time to begin the lewd nightly "Goodnight Rudy" ritual.

    1. Haha! The poster at 12:43 AM perfectly captures the distinguished scholars as they practice their craft. The rest of us can only dream of scaling such intellectual heights.