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HELP A LOVED ONE - Could they be in a Destructive Group?

  1. Most people are unaware that they are in a destructive cult.
  2. Many former members struggle to find a language or framework that defines their experience.
  3. Here are tools to help evaluate your group or organization.
  4. Where does it stand on the continuum?
  5. Is it extreme enough to be labeled a cult?

DOCUMENT YOUR CONCERNS: Is your loved one being harmed? How has your loved one changed? In what ways?

PURCHASE WORKBOOK: Coping With Cult Involvement by Livia Barden to give yourself a format or structures to evaluate harm. Click Book Title to purchase from: 

GET EDUCATED: about Cults-what they are and how they work.

READ: the essay, On Using the Term "Cult" by Herb Rosedale and Michael Langone of American Family Foundation (AFF) now ICSA.

STAY OPEN: Try not to jump to conclusions and stay open to the possibility that this group may not be a cult.

STAY IN CONTACT: with your loved one in the cult. Tips on Communicating With Your Loved One.

READ: Letting Go and Staying Connected: Coping with being out of contact with a cult-involved child by Dana Wehle, C.S.W.

This is no longer available at the cult clinic. But can be located at:

RESEARCH: the group, organization or church. Research the leadership.

CULT LEADER: This document is in PDF format The Cult Leader and the likelihood of at least one personality disorder The Cult Leader as Sociopath

GET SUPPORT: both Professional and Personal.

EXPLORE: the possibility of an Exit Counseling.

JOURNAL YOUR FEELINGS: especially the ones you can't share with your loved one in the cult.

PREPARE: for your loved one to leave the cult. Most cultists do eventually leave their group. Wait, it will feel like a vigil and you will experience unresolved grief.




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