Affective death spiral

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An affective death spiral occurs when positive attributes of a theory, person, or organization combine with the Halo effect in a feedback loop, resulting in the subject of the affective death spiral being held in higher and higher regard. This process creates theories that are believed for their own sake and organizations that exist solely to perpetuate themselves. Affective death spirals are seen as a primary cause of cultishness.

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