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Why Do Intelligent Women Join Cults?

When Seagram’s liquor heiress, Clare Bronfman was sentenced to more than six years in prison for her role in financially and criminally supporting the NXIVM cult, many people probably wondered how such a privileged woman fell prey to the pyramid schemes, psychological manipulation, and messianic delusions of the cult’s leader, Keith Raniere. The cult, which had been branding the private parts of its members and blackmailing them to keep the group’s secrets—not to mention engaging in sex trafficking, child abuse, and racketeering—counted plenty of intelligent, educated, and wealthy professionals among its members. What causes people to be susceptible to joining cults?  Read More

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Become your own marriage and family expert by browsing our various materials below on such trending topics as Divorce, Cohabitation, Dating, Fatherhood, Family Structure, Marital Health, and Parenting.

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23% of American children live in single-mother families.
3mil children live with unmarried parents.
4 in 10 U.S. births to unmarried women.
69% of America’s children live in two-parent families.
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