Sunday, 14 December 2014

I was brainwashed by a cult


  • Your gut feeling tells you something is wrong. Trust it.
  • The group/guru has the total and only answer – they will make the revolution happen, etc.
  • Extreme and/or inappropriate friendliness or attention.
  • Not answering questions.
  • Strange language or jargon you can’t initially understand.
  • A hard sell for further commitment. If you resist, you’re selfish, bourgeois, etc.
  • Encouragement to cut ties with family or friends, unless you can recruit them.
  • Secrecy, inappropriate confidentiality.
  • Lack of privacy.
  • Challenges to your fundamental identity: your strengths are criticised as your weaknesses.
  • Once you’re in, pressure to stay.
  • The group leader is always right and no criticism is allowed.
  • Deception: what you thought you’d get on joining turns out to be something else.
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