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Not all cult leaders start out with the intention of creating a cult. Though most cult leaders display signs of narcissistic personality disorder, some start out by creating their following with good intent. Attempting to create a healthy following for some cause they feel is worthy, cult leaders initially surround themselves with people of like mind to support their agenda. Over time, as they are faced with difficult challenges and opposition to their agenda, their personality disorder begins to manifest itself, and the group goes astray.

Cult leaders with evil intent are easily distinguishable by examining their focal points. When a problem is presented, and their writings or statements continually point to themselves as the answer, they are demonstrating their desire for authoritative control. Rather than uplifting the group as a whole, making individual leaders for a cause, they seek to become the central figure of the group. In Christian-based cults, those seeking to gain authoritative control make statements like, "follow me as I follow Christ," rather than "follow Christ and lead others to do the same." As a result, their cult followers seek new recruits to follow the central figure rather than Christ.

Healthy groups of worship, on the other hand, create safeguards against authoritative control through balance of power. Rather than allow one individual to have full control, groups of men and women make joint decisions. Leaders, if required, are elected by vote, and others are elected to ensure that a system of checks and balances is established.

Finding a healthy place of worship is a challenge for former cult members. Having been in an environment where spiritual decisions were dictated by a central figure, many seek to find a replacement central figure to make new spiritual decisions. Instead, they should seek places of worship where they take an active role in decisions and understanding the reason behind them.