Characteristics of a cult

1. Opposing critical thinking;    questioning, doubt, and dissent are forbidden

2. Isolating members and penalizing them for leaving

3. Emphasizing special doctrines

4. Demanding inappropriate loyalty to their leaders

5. Mind numbing techniques are used to suppress rational thinking.  Meditation, chanting, debilitating routines and denunciation sessions resulting in:

6. Vacant, hollow eyed, unresponsive look in the eyes.

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

8. Guilt and fear are instilled in members in order to control them

9. Claims of elitism, a special, exalted status only for themselves (We’re it, you’re sh*t)

10. Questioning or criticism is not allowed.

11. Members must constantly bring in new members

12. Members must constantly bring in money

13. Unethical and even violent behavior is rationalized, the ends justify the means

14.  Rigid control over members

15. The group is not accountable to any authorities in the greater society