Cults: Who Is Most Vulnerable & What To Watch Out For.


Uploaded by MSLawdotedu on 06.08.2011

Transcript:
i'd say the most vulnerable are people who don't understand cult tactics
the deception the fact that very intelligent educated people who are very
sincere
nobody hangs a sign saying hi i'm a cult recruiter so no one ever joins a
cult
knowingly
uh... people who are vulnerable uh... death of a loved one illness
graduation divorce
new in town
moving somewhere makes them more susceptible and vulnerable but the
overwhelming
vulnerabilities is ignorance
of of being a good consumer that if someone is inviting you to something or
telling you something you have to ask questions like what is the name of the
group does it have any other names who is the leader what are your beliefs
is it controversial by anyone good suggestion and then do independent research don't
just depend on the cult the recruiter to tell you the dark side of
the group and janja has prepared an excellent graphic that we're going to show
to the audience in just a moment but before we do that i'd like to ask do you
think it's accurate to say that recruitment tactics
are based on deception rather than straight forward disclosure absolutely i think in
the sense that you don't really know what you're getting into I mean sometimes
there will be out and out deception where it's a front group and you don't have a
clue what's really behind it and you eventually c get drawn in
and sometimes it's more subtle in that you know what you're going to
but you don't know what the bottom line is gonna be wants you sign on as a
member so to speak and and i think just a footnote to what we're talking about
uh... i think the prevalent myth still is that it's young people or college aged kids who
get into cults when in fact
i think that more and more its people in their thirties and forties people who have
gotten out of college who are earning good money who are able to contribute to
the group in some way or another and that most of the calls that i get at my
office
are not about parents calling about their children so much as a husband or a wife
calling about their spouse a brother calling about his sister sometimes even
a kid calling about his mom or dad now that surprises me that's important
information jaja i wonder if we could go and take a look at the graphic you
prepared for the audience and i wonder if you'd take a moment and explain to us
what are the things we should watch out for
sure this is a handout that i prepare that that that i send out when
people call my office or I give out at talks
mainly the thing to look out for is somebody giving you the bums rush so to
speak I mean it's when people are pushing you to make a decision too quickly
to go to something right away who are giving you time to think through
what's happening who suddenly become your best friend
um... who invite you to something say a weekend retreat but they don't
really tell you what's going to go on when you get there
uh... they use a lot of guilt to get you to do something or they'll say
to you oh come on you know you should come to this look who else is
coming to it you know big football star so-and-so or you know the head of the
class or the your co-worker sitting next to you so it's those kinds of
pressuring tactics uh... where somebody becomes your best friend right away and
i think it's important to realize that you know friendship is earned and and
that kind of intimacy is something that we have to earn over time and so
not that people should become incredibly paranoid and skeptical
but i do think that we are a little naive and that people are not savvy
enough
um... it's what steve was saying about being aware of what these uh...
groups are and what's out there and that people are really looking to draw you
into something
and uh... these are the most common ways that they do it
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