How to Identify a Dangerous Cult

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  1. CommunicatorIC

    CommunicatorIC @IndieScieNews on Twitter

    How to Identify a Dangerous Cult.

    This is a great, succinct article. Highly recommended.

    Lifehacker: How to Identify a Dangerous Cult

    By Stephen Johnson


    Headings and Subheadings:

    Look at Who’s in Charge:

    Narcissistic personality​

    Ability to read others​

    Claims of special powers​

    Charisma meets anger​

    Look for Signs of “Brainwashing”:


    Peer Pressure​



    Sleep Deprivation​

    Language Control​

    Threats of Expulsion​

    Ask Questions (Cults Hate That)

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    I’ll leave Morantz with the last word, his personal failsafe method for determining whether a group is dangerous cult: “Count how many Hollywood stars are there,” Morantz said. “If you get past five, get the fuck out.”

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  2. Miss Ellie

    Miss Ellie Patron with Honors

    I clicked over and read the whole thing.... HFS!

    YES! How true it is.... I have held several jobs with the cult tags... and there are families I know with the same markers...

    Be aware, educate your children, talk about it to your friends...

    Now enjoy the freedom that comes from leaving a cult... and knowing that you have "been there did that" and will NOT have a summer rerun.

    :eyeroll: :eyeroll: :eyeroll:
  3. guanoloco

    guanoloco As-Wased

    Nice. I could see Islam and PC CULTure there in these criteria.

    One distinction I have noticed is the incessant criticism of everything, literally, but the complete inability to tolerate any criticism. Critics are attacked at best with ad hominem. Critics of Scientology, Islam and the PC CULTure don't fare well. I guess this is the part about asking questions.
    Last edited: May 24, 2017
  4. ThetanExterior

    ThetanExterior Gold Meritorious Patron

    The only good things to come out of my time in scientology are the knowledge that I survived being in a cult and I now have some valuable experiences to pass on to others as a warning.

    I was lucky I didn't have to leave anyone behind. Others are not so fortunate.