Are you susceptible to brainwashing?

"Brainwashing" has divided experts on what might make people more susceptible to undue influence or coercion by cults, individuals and new religious movements. Patty Hearst and Heaven's Gate are perhaps the best known examples.

For more on the Patty Hearst case, watch "The Radical Story of Patty Hearst" at 9 p.m. ET Sundays on CNN."It only took a few weeks to get me convinced that the Messiah was on the Earth, even though I'm Jewish," said Hassan, author of "Combating Cult Mind Control."It wasn't until he met with ex-Moonies, albeit reluctantly, that he began to leave the cult 2½ years later."I was an off-the-charts, ...