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What to Look Out For

While every case is unique, here are the typical warning signs of someone who has gotten into a destructive cult such as Avatar.  If you are not sure what to do, please see our next section – Family and Loved Ones.


  • Radical change in personality
  • Secretive, evasive, or defensive behavior
  • Preaching to loved ones as though they need to be “saved” or “enlightened”
  • Spending the vast majority of their time with controlling group/individual
  • Loss of contact with loved ones (in person, phone, social media…)
  • Radical change in physical appearance
  • Change in speech patterns, facial expressions, or mannerisms
  • Giving up large amounts of money and other assets
  • Seeking approval from controlling group/individual before making decisions
  • Decreased sense of humor
  • Lack of interest in former hobbies and friends
  • Spaced out expression, glassy stare
  • Judgmental attitudes towards loved ones
  • Use of buzzwords and canned speeches
  • Pressuring others to donate money to the group or go “on-course” with them
  • Asking for huge amounts of money
  • Decreased physical affection
  • Self-imposed isolation
  • Missing family events such as births, birthdays, baptisms, engagements, weddings, anniversaries, illnesses, funerals
  • Change in political or religious beliefs
  • Refusing to seek treatment for physical or mental illnesses
  • New residence with strangers such as a group home, commune or hotel accommodation
  • Change in sleeping habits, especially not getting 7-9 hours of sleep per night
  • Change in eating habits, especially not getting enough protein


If you are concerned, please see our next section – Family and Loved Ones.
You can also contact Amanda directly for initial support:
I can then guide you to the right sources which will help you for your specific situation.