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(More reposts from tumblr for the sake of organization; this post originally dates from 2014.)

It is unsettling to me how incredibly common a certain kind of charismatic person turns up in multi/soulbonding/fictionkin circles.  They turn up online and are very active, creating a lot of work or discussion that other people find interesting.

Then they start building a religious mythos.  Maybe they identify as a chaos magician; maybe they build an entire religion around their fandom of choice.  Regardless, the mythos starts bleeding into reality.  It’s not just a book or a movie; there is something deeper going on, something of cosmic significance.

They start seeking out followers who have always wished for a Hogwarts letter, a man in a police booth, that special wardrobe.  The charismatic person then BECOMES that escape from the corporeal world, spurring these impulses to a frenetic height, causing an instant powerful bond.  Only they know the True Secrets hidden within the media they consume.  It gives a whole new layer to reality, makes the world magical and meaningful… as long as the followers stay with this charismatic person.  If they leave, the sparkle is gone.

In the absence of true affection or attachment, the affection and attachment to the fandom–the mythos–will work.  The charismatic leader now has people under control.

Now is when offline becomes online.  The charismatic person starts meeting their followers in person.  They might move in together.  Usually there will be one or two people who get in especially deep, usually sexually or romantically, who are the other half of their folie a deux for years and sometimes never escape.  Other people will eventually get drained by the constant world-saving and headspace/astral battles and be thrown out as they lose their faith.

Disturbing as it is, this is a pretty common thing.  I live with two roommates, and all of us have independently encountered completely different people doing this, with varying levels of success.  I came out the luckiest; the guy I met (Neo from the Matrix) wasn’t interesting to me and so we never really talked, and I never came under his influence.  Others?  Not so lucky.  I don’t even know most of the people who follow this tumblr, and I would bet dollars to donuts that a significant portion of you in the multi/SB/fictionkin circles have encountered someone like this.  Show of hands?

Date: 2017-03-09 12:05 am (UTC)
From: [personal profile] apprehensiveacolyte
Hey, look, it's the post that made me realize Katrina wasn't the only person out there doing this!
-Cass

Date: 2017-03-09 04:40 am (UTC)
From: [personal profile] apprehensiveacolyte
Are y'all going to be offering Cultiples as a PDF, or only in print? How much would we need to pay for a copy?

Date: 2017-03-10 04:11 am (UTC)
From: [personal profile] apprehensiveacolyte
We can DEFINITELY afford that, then. (It just depends on how much shipping to Mississippi is.)
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