Always be wary of anyone who tries to prevent you from questioning. Protect your freedom and autonomy. Learn to recognize common cult recruitment tactics and situations.
Beware of the following:
- People who are excessively or inappropriately friendly; there are few genuine instant friendships.
- People who are very persistent in trying to get you to join, and won’t take no for answer.
- People with invitations to free meals, lectures, and workshops.
- People who demand secrecy from you.
- People who make you feel like there’s something wrong with you if you’re not interested in joining.
- People with simplistic answers or solutions to complex world problems.
- People who try to play on your guilt; you don’t always have to reciprocate a kindness, especially when it may have been a way to manipulate you.
- People who are vague or evasive. If they are hiding something, it’s usually because they don’t want you to know the real answer.
- People who claim to be just like you, so you feel you have a lot in common.
- People who confidently promise that they can help you solve your problems, especially when they know little about you.
- People, who make grand claims about how their group can save mankind, help you achieve enlightenment or show the road to happiness.
- People who always seem happy
- People who claim they or their group is really special, even the most special.
- People who promise quick solutions to difficult problems.
- People who put down reason and critical thinking, and tell you not to ask questions about the group – just open your mind to it.
Do not allow yourself to be manipulated, unduly influenced or coerced. If a group continues to push you despite all of the above, then it is more likely they want to exploit you, rather than support you as a person.
Being aware of these cult recruitment tactics will help to protect you from those who do not have your best interests at heart!
Stay safe and stay strong!