Re: Steve Brackett - OT - commits suicide When Lifton coined the term "charismatic leader" he was not talking about the personality of the person. Hubbard is still considered the charismatic leader of Scientology AND the Freezone. The charismatic leader" simply was meant to describe the ideas of the person, not the way the leader interacts with the followers. You can exit a cult w/ out a shrink but having someone that understands the details of how you where treated and someone who can see how things changed you from before to after sure sounds like a plus to me. It beats getting advice from some stranger on the internet. The problem some people have with their shrinks is that some (fewer and fewer these days) once thought that the person was lacking something and sought out the cult. That is not now commonly believed among psychologists. When you get info on "healing" from other ex's it is good to know you are not alone in the world but don't take their advice on how you help yourself they are to close to the issue.