A Scientific Look at Charismatic Religious Leaders

by Bob Walsh

There’s an interesting article in science and religion today on charismatic religious leaders, and the hypnotic effect they can have on others.

The study basically showed that it all depends on what people believe and are being told. Skilled hypnotists know that. If you can match a person’s belief system and utilize it, you can alter their perception of things. This can be very powerful in a therapeutic context, but can also be used for negative manipulation.