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The Antidote for Cult Recruitment

Extract of post from Jan Groenveld (
Sat Feb 25 15:04:20 GMT 1995

1.   Know who you are and why you are the way you are.  You
are unique and it would be a waste for you to throw your
identity away in favour of a group that does not encourage you
to ask penetrating questions.

2.   Find yourself a role-model.  Let this person be someone
you know well, respect and admire.  This person will help you
through the rough times and inspire you during the good times.

3.   Know what cults are selling.  Understand the issues
before you attempt to dialogue with them.

4.   Be wary of people who want to be your best friends on
your first meeting, who want you to share your personal and
intimate details with them, when you don't really know them or
them you.

5.   Beware of groups or persons who subtly separate you from
your friends and family and substitute their group family.

6.   We all have things we don't like about ourselves.  This
makes us more vulnerable because cults are experts at
identifying these things and providing quick and easy answers.

7.   We all grow up.  As part of this we try to draw away from
our parents authority over us.  Some rebel more than others in
this attempt.  Don't let this time be a time when you exchange
the control of your parents from the even stronger and
demanding control of a cult which will not permit you any
autonomy or individuality.

8.   "It won't happen to me" are often the last words someone
says before it does.  When your defences are down to that
level you are even more vulnerable than normal.