As usual, the pundits and academics are trying to make way too much out of this. Sort of like having to write a 10-page paper in school.
Look, back in the Dark Ages, some 19-year old guy JUST looks at a women and he’s overcome by some mystical “forces”. If she said, jump off a bridge, he probably would. That “power” was not understood in terms of human biology, psychology and psychiatry. Also, the power was very strong, obviously.
Doctrines (religions) developed in part to explain, control, and bring order to the chaos.