I've learned from working with individuals, couples and families that in some relational systems such as partnerships, marriages, teacher-student, family, groups, corporations and movements (political, "spiritual," or otherwise) similar dynamics of deception, manipulation, unequal power and disregard of personal rights and autonomy exists. A term that describes this type of process in such systems is Coercive Influence or Coercive Control.
Coercive manipulation occurs in domestic abuse, high demand groups or cults. The unaware "victim" or target in an abusive system is lured in, recruited or seduced by a perpetrator with narcissistic and anti-social or sociopathic traits in a step by step process of indoctrination that changes his beliefs. An adult can be promised a better quality of life, enduring love, an easy solution to life's complex problems. Her strengths and vulnerabilities are exploited, she becomes more dependent emotionally and financially. The situation gradually changes by the perpetrator's increasing demands and control. Within the abusive system, the abuser/perpetrator takes center stage and dominates with his rules and beliefs. The member's/partner's differentiation, self-autonomy and self-agency diminishes. The person thought to be a benign leader or partner exhibits Jekyll and Hyde characteristics with varying degrees of harm. Over time, anyone caught in the abusive system of coercive influence and control rationalizes, minimizes, or denies the perpetrator's dangerous behavior. At the same time, he/she loses a sense of self and awareness of personal rights. He internalizes inacurate, self-limiting beliefs from what the abuser and others caught in her system declare is "right", Getting out is not easy because of the deliberate fear and guilt induction of "bad" things that will happen and one's deepened dependency on the perpetrator.
People who psychologically and physically leave exhibit tremendous courage in establishing a life of one's own as they gain insight about what they were involved in, disconfirm internalized, deeply held inaccurate beliefs, connect with themselves, and exert their personal rights in healthier systems.