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"Credulity. More difficult to dissuade than to persuade, and easier to put wrong than to put right."
(Joseph Joubert / 1754-1824 / Notebook)

How does an adult become the follower of a religion?

The page "Why does man believe so easily?" gives some indications about the reasons making belief, for some people, a true need.
This present page tries to give a light, not on the substance, but on the form of the relation that is established between the individual, a priori free, and religion or its representatives. Then, this page does not approach the case of the children immersed since their birth in the religion of their parents or of their social sphere. They will, most, in all their life, maintain this religion by conformism, by passivity, not to disappoint those who are fond of them or, quite simply, because one has "forgotten" to learn them how to think on the outside of immutable dogma written several centuries ago.

So, the question is to understand the way by which an individual, who regards himself as fully using his free will, can be appealed by a religion or a belief that he did not know before.

A parallel may be drew with the techniques of communication which, in all the fields of life, lead man to modify unconsciously his behavior of purchaser, worker, voter... to bring it in a direction where some one else would liked he goes.

Better than a long speech, I propose to you to use the richness and the diversity of language. The small progress of thought below shows how one can gradually find oneself under the influence of a religion or more generally (because principles are the same ones) of an individual, a doctrines, a sect, an ideology...

to speak         
to express   
  to discuss
         to exchange
                 to flatter
                     to pay court
                        to captivate
                        to give one's patter
                          to please
                     to appeal
                 to charm
            to delight
         to convince
      to excite
  to stir
to make dizzy
to impress   
to subdue   
to fascinate      
to captivate         
to hypnotize            
to bewitch               
to take in                  
to mislead                       
to conquer                     
to delude               
to deceive         
to swindle   
  to subject
     to dominate
        to subordinate
           to manipulate
            to enslave
          to bind
        to fasten
    to chain up

One can notice there are only active verbs for the one who is communicating or, more exactly, who is speaking. The interlocutor, i.e. the one who is listening, is restricted the passivity.

How does it work?

A communication is balanced and effective if each one can express oneself in his turn, approving or criticizing the ideas of the other, bringing one’s own ideas, building them progressively, if possible without a priori.
In practice, it is seldom like this for various reasons:

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