Well let me throw in my two cents. It is my opinion that the cult atmosphere does cause several levels of dysfunction in an individual. Based on how long one is exposed to it, or raised in it, or the level of participation when in the cult. Ones own mental strength or ability or the lack of these would also have an effect.
So I believe that we are dealing with many different levels of dysfunction and function on this forum and in the world in general for instance.
I think it is the most difficult for ones (like myself) that are born into an active participating family in the cult.
When I got out of the cult I found that I had no (original personality) to restore or go back to. Ones not born into a cult would have the original personality to reactivate and go on with their life. I found that in my case, my only option was to work diligently in an effort to build a functioning social life and through this a social awareness and abilities.
It was difficult and is still a process in progress.
On the other hand the wbts thinks one who leaves the organization is dysfunctional. So this allows me to have some pride in my dysfunctionality. Is there such a word?
So I lose or do I win? Either way.