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Am I In A Cult?

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Cults are groups that use manipulative tactics to control and exploit their members. They often have charismatic leaders who demand complete devotion from their followers, and they may use tactics such as isolation, fear, and indoctrination to maintain control. Cults can be found in a variety of settings, including religious, spiritual, or political organizations.

If you are questioning whether you may be in a cult, it is important to trust your instincts and seek out support.

Here are a few signs that you may be in a cult:

  1. You feel like you are constantly being watched or monitored.

  2. You are not allowed to question the group's beliefs or practices.

  3. You feel like you have to constantly prove your loyalty to the group.

  4. You are not allowed to have relationships or contact with people outside of the group.

  5. You feel like you have to suppress your own feelings and thoughts in order to fit in with the group.

  6. You feel like you are constantly being manipulated or controlled by the group's leaders.

  7. You feel like you are not allowed to leave the group.

If you are experiencing any of these signs, it is important to seek help from a trusted friend, family member, or mental health professional. Cults can be emotionally and physically abusive, and it is important to prioritize your well-being and safety. Remember that you have the right to make your own decisions about your beliefs and relationships, and that it is okay to seek out support and guidance if you feel like you are being controlled or exploited. Still not quite sure if these apply to you? We created a quick and easy quiz that might bring you a little clarity. You can take the quiz here.

If you are looking for ways to get both education and support, we’ve created our no-pressure community led by a clinical psychologist that specializes in religious trauma and cult recovery. You can read more about and register for A Year of Non-Magical Thinking here.

If you think that you might have been in a cult and you're wanting an approachable place to start, we suggest starting with our religious trauma workbook, De-Glorifying Suffering.

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