Brother David’s childhood history was elicited ("‘laid back’ but puncutated by occasional chaotic emotional responses from his homemaker mother") but was assumed to have no significance, since he denied that there was any problem then. We who do psychotherapy and analysis know that it is an unusual patient who comes in complaining that his or her childhood experiences have caused all sorts of difficulties in his or her life. I would guess that a closer look at Brother David’s enduring coping/defense mechanisms and behavior would make clear major limitations in dealing with life’s vicissitudes on the basis of ego deficits, childhood trauma, neurotic conflicts, or whatever theoretical mechanism one finds most acceptable. In any event, it need not be that he is overtly psychotic, manic, or such to request castration. All he need do is use his characteristic defense mechanisms (e.g., denial, reaction formation, and intellectualization) to determine that the cult offers him stability and structure that he can get in no other way obvious to him.