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'Victims gradually lose their ability to make independent decisions and exercise informed consent.'
- Dr Margaret Singer

 

 



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  • A definition of a cult:
    "Any group with an elitist cause and view of itself, which has a pyramid type of authoritarian leadership structure with all teaching and guidance coming from that person/persons at the top. The group will claim to be the only way to God, Nirvana, Paradise, ultimate reality, full potential etc., and will use thought reform or mind control techniques to gain control and keep their members."

     

    "To have someone you love in a cult is like a living death. I compare it to the grief of watching a person die knowing there is a cure and being unable to use it."
       - Henrietta Crampton in 'Cults and their Consequences'.

     

    "Do we really want to be funding an organisation that turns supporters into victims in its pursuit of power and wealth? ...Ultimately, this is not about religious freedom. In Australia there are no limits on what you can believe. But there are limits on how you can behave. It is called the law, and no one is above it." More here.
       - Senator Nick Xenophon addressing the Australian Senate.

     

    Characteristics Associated with Cultic Groups - Revised
    This list may help you determine if there is cause for concern. Bear in mind that this list is not meant to be a “cult scale” or a definitive checklist to determine if a specific group is a cult. This is not so much a diagnostic instrument as it is an analytical tool. See here.
       - Janja Lalich, Ph.D. & Michael D. Langone, Ph.D.

     

     

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    ABC Radio:
    16 Oct 2010
    14 Oct 2010

     

     
    CIFS Conference:
    Brisbane 2012 *
    Canberra 2011
    Seminar 2011
    Brisbane 2010

     

     
    Video:
    Visions of Paradise

     

     
    Research:
    Cults: After-Effects

     

     
    Powerpoint:
    Cults

     

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