January 27, 2014
1) Aggressive/continuous recruitment by leadership/members
2) Loyalty oaths/membership applications/agreements/contracts required
3) Minimum money/resource/labor/attendance commitments required
4) Charismatic/charming leadership personality (by one person, or an impenetrable core group)
5) Autocratic/authoritarian leadership style (by one person, or an impenetrable core group)
6) Top-down/hierarchical/pyramidal command/control structure – sometimes all the way down to the individual level (cf. “shepherding movement”)
7) Everyone is “positive” and “friendly” – other attitudes/emotions disallowed
8 ) Culture of consensus/shunning – questioning/bucking authority disallowed – non- conformists pushed out via peer pressure and/or formally expelled via great fanfare (i.e. made an “example” of)
9) Busywork – continuous/increasing performance of tasks/duties required, no matter how trivial/time-consuming/futile
10) Isolation – a pervasive “Us vs. Them” mentality required – “outsiders” are shunned (even family and friends), especially former members and contacts who are resistant to recruitment
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