Please see our new site, www.icsahome.com which has new material and a more helpful structure.

 

NEW! International Cultic Studies Association site has moved - click here

  Conferences | Donate  

 >  
ICSA resources about psychological manipulation, cultic groups, sects, and new religious movements.

 

 
 
 

Article

Our E-Library contains full text articles and other resources related to the information below.  Click here.

WHY WE USE SYMBOLS/ICONS IN OUR LISTS.

Please note:

ICSA does NOT maintain a list of "bad" groups or "cults."  We nonjudgmentally list groups on which we have information.

Groups listed, described, or referred to on ICSA's Web sites may be mainstream or nonmainstream, controversial or noncontroversial, religious or nonreligious, cult or not cult, harmful or benign.

We encourage inquirers to consider a variety of opinions, negative and positive, so that inquirers can make independent and informed judgments pertinent to their particular concerns.

Views expressed on our Web sites are those of the document's author(s) and are not necessarily shared, endorsed, or recommended by ICSA or any of its directors, staff, or advisors.

See:  Definitional Issues Collection; Understanding Groups Collection

Views expressed on our Web sites are those of the document's author(s) and are not necessarily shared, endorsed, or recommended by ICSA or any of its directors, staff, or advisors

Mind-Manipulating Groups:
Are You or a Family Member a Victim?

The following statements, compiled by AFF�s Executive Director, Dr. Michael Langone, often characterize manipulative groups.  Comparing these statements to the group with which you or a family member is involved may help you determine if this involvement is cause for concern.  Check all items that characterize the group in question.  If you check many of these items, and particularly if you check most of them, you might consider examining the group more closely.  Keep in mind that this checklist is meant to stimulate thought, not �diagnose� groups.

  • The group is focused on a living charismatic leader to whom members seem to display excessively zealous, unquestioning commitment.

  • The group is preoccupied with bringing in new members.

  • The group is preoccupied with making money.

  • Questioning, doubt, and dissent are discouraged or even punished.

  • Misusing mind-altering techniques (for example: certain misuses of meditation, chanting, speaking in tongues, debilitating work routines) to enforce dependency, suppress doubts about the group or its leader(s), or otherwise harm or subjugate members..

  • The group�s leadership dictates � sometimes in great detail � how members should think, act, and feel.

  • The group is elitist, claiming a special, exalted status for itself, its leader(s), and members (for example: the leader is considered the Messiah or an avatar; the group and/or the leader has a special mission to save humanity).

  • The group has a polarized, �we-they� mentality that causes conflict with the wider society.

  • The group�s leader is not accountable to any authorities (as are, for example, clergy with mainstream denominations).

  • The group teaches or implies that its supposedly exalted ends justify means (for example: collecting money for bogus charities) that members would have considered unethical before joining.

  • The group�s leadership induces guilt feelings in members in order to control them.

  • Members� subservience to the group causes them to cut ties with family, friends, and personal pre-group goals and interests.

  • Members are expected to devote inordinate amounts of time to the group.

  • Members are encouraged or required to live and/or socialize only with other group members.

 

_

 

Resources

 

 

 

________________________________________________________ ^ 

 
 
  

Indexes

NEW! Conferences and Workshops - Click Here

_dwt_header_related_links_line03

! Announcements
* Index Main
? Help
Articles
Articles on Cultic Studies Review
ICSA E-Newsletter index
Products
Ξ Book Reviews
� Academic Disputes and Dialogue
� children
� clergy
� conversion
� cults101
� Custody/Forensic
� dissociation
� educators
� false memory
� family
� former member
� free info
� intervention
� large group awareness trainings
� legal
� mental health
� press
� pseudoscience
� research
� students
� thought reform
� Topics
� understanding groups
Ω Events
∆ News
√ Products - periodical archives index
≈ Links
● Press

____________________________________________________ ^

 

Help

Our E-Library contains full text articles and other resources related to the information below.  Click here.

WHY WE USE SYMBOLS/ICONS IN OUR LISTS.

Please note:

ICSA does NOT maintain a list of "bad" groups or "cults."  We nonjudgmentally list groups on which we have information.

Groups listed, described, or referred to on ICSA's Web sites may be mainstream or nonmainstream, controversial or noncontroversial, religious or nonreligious, cult or not cult, harmful or benign.

We encourage inquirers to consider a variety of opinions, negative and positive, so that inquirers can make independent and informed judgments pertinent to their particular concerns.

Views expressed on our Web sites are those of the document's author(s) and are not necessarily shared, endorsed, or recommended by ICSA or any of its directors, staff, or advisors.

See:  Definitional Issues Collection; Understanding Groups Collection
 

Views expressed on our Web sites are those of the document's author(s) and are not necessarily shared, endorsed, or recommended by ICSA or any of its directors, staff, or advisors.

Help index

WHY WE USE SYMBOLS/ICONS IN OUR LISTS.

ICSA/AFF - about

ICSA - contact

announcement

 article
 article abstract

Ξ book/video review

links
events

groups

? help

* index
news
products

   press

> profiles

resource org

study resources

topic ●▫∞▪Θ

_________________________________________________________ ^

 
About ICSA | Contact US  | Profiles | links

   | webmaster | search

Copyright �1997-2008 ICSA, Inc.