At a more advanced stage of the disorders, the subject is caught
“between two worlds,” the unreal cult world and that of social reality. He sees himself as being the product of “a mutation,” which places him apart from other humans while still being human. This is especially true of followers who had mystical experiences or intense pseudo-mystical experiences, and those who “talked” with supernatural beings or with aliens. His perception of reality degrades even further, as well as his perception of himself. Feelings of strangeness and unreality, characteristic of deper-sonalization disorders, increase.  The subject sees himself as a “robot,” believing himself to being in a daydream, while still feeling as though he’s taking an active part in the real world. These conducts seldom remain isolated: they are gradually integrated into paranoid interpretations to become psychotic delusions. 
Sometimes the disorders manifest only in intermediate states, in-
volving just one psychic sector. The cult member thus may be unable to dredge up memories of one element or one isolated episode of his life, creating a partial amnesia that generally corresponds to a denial of past reality because the anguish of recalling that episode is too great for the subject to handle.  This can lead to the subject feeling pains that have no real somatic support, but which correspond to a somatization at the time of a crisis of acute anxiety started by the unconscious recollection of distressing or guilt-ridden past experience. 
11. Dissociative problems of Identity, DSM IV: 300.14. Depersonnalization troubles, DSM IV: 300.60.
12. Paranoid troubles, DSM IV: 301.00. psychotic troubles, DSM IV: 301.20.
13. Psychogenic amnesia, DSM IV: 300.12.
14. Psychogenic pain, DSM IV: 307.80.