The psychology behind why some people fall for dodgy pastors

Why is it that some congregations fall prey to manipulation by dodgy pastors?

Clinical psychologist Hayden Knibbs says that a number of factors influence a person's ability to be manipulated.

Knibbs explains that in some church environments, group dynamics can skew a congregant's ability to view reality.

They carry a true desire for fake "miracles" to be real because the possibility could change their material circumstances, he adds.

Knibbs advises that many vulnerable church followers often internalise any lack of "faith" in fake miracles as a personal failure and not a failure on the pastor's part.

He notes that many people have been taught never to challenge the core belief systems that have been raised on.

According to Knibbs, fake pastors can communicate information that bypasses a person's critical faculty used to reason logically.

The congregation itself want so badly for it to be true.

Hayden Knibbs, Clinical psychologist

It's somebody thirsty in a dessert, looking for water. The need is so huge.

Hayden Knibbs, Clinical psychologist

The promise of the supernatural becomes so tempting.

Hayden Knibbs, Clinical psychologist

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