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  Post  Post subject: Top 13 Signs You’ve Joined A Cult (Thank You Alex Jones !)  |  Posted: Tue Jan 28, 2014 1:00 pm
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1) Aggressive/continuous recruitment by leadership/members

2) Loyalty oaths/membership applications/agreements/contracts required

3) Minimum money/resource/labor/attendance commitments required

4) Charismatic/charming leadership personality (by one person, or an impenetrable core group)

5) Autocratic/authoritarian leadership style (by one person, or an impenetrable core group)

6) Top-down/hierarchical/pyramidal command/control structure – sometimes all the way down to the individual level (cf. “shepherding movement”)

7) Everyone is “positive” and “friendly” – other attitudes/emotions disallowed

8 ) Culture of consensus/shunning – questioning/bucking authority disallowed – non- conformists pushed out via peer pressure and/or formally expelled via great fanfare (i.e. made an “example” of)

9) Busywork – continuous/increasing performance of tasks/duties required, no matter how trivial/time-consuming/futile

10) Isolation – a pervasive “Us vs. Them” mentality required – “outsiders” are shunned (even family and friends), especially former members and contacts who are resistant to recruitment

11) Culture of secrecy – secret groups/gossip/gatherings and propagation of shadowy “intel” and unverifiable “inside information” (aka: “prophecies” in a religious/spiritual/metaphysical setting)

12) Culture of paranoia – everything is seen as a threat to the organization – outsiders are automatically suspect, especially former members and contacts who are resistant to recruitment

13) “Greener pastures” syndrome – continually searching out and moving to “better” locations more conducive to above 12 characteristics

NOTE: I wrote the above while thinking of Saddleback megachurch (of which I was previously a member), plus my experience with friends and family who have joined cults, multi-level-marketing schemes, fraternal and/or “service” organizations, etc.

So this applies to many other areas of life other than religion.

I’ve even seen/experienced corporations and companies that behave like this (and when you research the history of corporations you inevitably end up back in Babylon – i.e. the literal history, not the figurative state of mind).

Hence the basic take-away thought:

Control is the opposite of freedom.

http://planet.infowars.com/health/top-1 ... ned-a-cult

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Post  Post subject: Re: Top 13 Signs You’ve Joined A Cult (Thank You Alex Jones   |  Posted: Thu Mar 27, 2014 10:36 pm
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Post  Post subject: Re: Top 13 Signs You’ve Joined A Cult (Thank You Alex Jones   |  Posted: Fri Mar 28, 2014 7:02 am
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Some thing are worth remembering, like this post.

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Post  Post subject: Top 13 Signs You’ve Joined A Cult (Thank You Alex Jones!)  |  Posted: Fri Mar 28, 2014 10:36 am
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teoma2 wrote:
Some thing are worth remembering, like this post.


Bad sign is finding out supposed truthful LDS leaders as lying and less than honestly trustworthy.

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