IS IT A CULT?
RED FLAGS & SMART MOVES
Friday, December 6, 2013
So...Is it a Cult? Part I
photo credit: Kevin Dooley
This list of signs was taken from a Huffington Post article by Jayanti Tamm
Is it a Cult? The Top Ten Signs the 'Group' You've Joined is Not what It Seems
The leader and group are always correct and anything the leader does can be justified.
Questions, suggestions, or critical inquiry are forbidden.
Members incessantly scramble with cramped schedules and activities full of largely meaningless work based on the leader's agenda
Followers are meant to believe that they are never good enough.
Required dependency upon the leader and group for even the most basic problem-solving.
Reporting on members for disobedient actions or thoughts is mandated and rewarded.
Monetary, sexual, or servile labor is expected to gain promotion.
The 'outside' world -- often including family and friends -- is presented as rife with impending catastrophe, evil, and temptations.
Recruitment of new members is designed to be purposefully upbeat and vague about the actual operations of the leader and group.
Former members are shunned and perceived as hostile.
Mars Hill Refuge
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