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Nothing lasts forever. The longer time progresses, the faster things change. The only two things certain in this life are death and taxes, even though religious cults try very hard to find a way to avoid both. Good leaders welcome change, and are noticeably more content as time progresses. Their confidence and content make everyone aware that all things are under control.

In religious cults, the central figure progresses the opposition direction. As time continues, cult leaders become more angry, upset, and out of control. Lack of control accelerates narcissistic tendencies, and they become more vocal about their inability to control the masses. Instead of promoting positive change that propagates through the cult, they speak negatively about members while appealing to a subset of the group. Sometimes they sever the "uncontrollable" from the group to eliminate "competition". The results of their failed leadership can be seen in a cult leader's own view of his or her followers. Instead of unity, they have brought division, and in many cases were the cause of it.

After escaping, many former members of religious cults struggle with change. This feeling is excruciatingly painful at first; leaving the cult was one of the most significant changes in their lives. Having been manipulated into submission by a leader who opposed change, they have been trained to be uncomfortable with even minor changes in their lives. A change that affects every aspect of their life is almost debilitating.

The best medicine for this problem is also change. Positive changes in routine, changes in lifestyle, or changes in surroundings can decrease post-cult anxiety. As each new positive change is experienced , those memories are associated with going outside of normal routine. Over time, the positive memories accumulated will result in self-confidence. Meeting new people, gaining new friends, and experiencing new things are important milestones in freedom.