When Prophecy Fails

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Pinter & Martin Limited, 2008 - Body, Mind & Spirit - 257 pages
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In 1954 Leon Festinger, a brilliant young experimental social psychologist in the process of outlining a new theory of human behavior - the theory of cognitive dissonance - and his colleagues infiltrated a cult who believed the end of the world was only months away. How would these people feel when their prophecy remained unfulfilled? Would they admit the error of their prediction, or would they readjust their reality to make sense of the new circumstances?

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User Review  - booksaplenty1949 - LibraryThing

I heard the contents of this book described when I was in high school and tried to identify and find it for decades afterwards. It was well worth the quest: one of the most interesting and entertaining non-fiction books I have ever read. a classic of participant observation. Read full review

Review: When Prophecy Fails: A Social and Psychological Study of a Modern Group that Predicted the Destruction of the World

User Review  - Phil - Goodreads

Detailed and dry true story of a Scientology-influenced group who saw the end of the world in the middle of the 20th century. This is a fascinating study of the nature of belief. Read full review


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