The Chancellor uses psychological tactics similar to cult leaders to win Anakin's trust, including love-bombing, favoritism, ego-stroking, and isolation. Anakin is vulnerable to manipulation for several reasons--he's feeling frustrated, unseen, and insignificant. He even says, "I know I shouldn't, but I want more." Moreover, the Jedi consistently shut him out, reject him, and question his abilities (creating another risk factor--a failure of surveillance). But most of all, Anakin is a target for cult indoctrination because of his fragile identity formation. He hasn't yet developed a strong sense of self, values, and attachments. These personal and social factors create the perfect "recipe" for creating a destructive young man willing to do whatever it takes to receive unlimited love.
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