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Your group is focused on a living leader to whom members seem to display zealous, unquestioning commitment.

Your group's primary focus is bringing in new members.

Your group is focused on money issues.

Questioning, doubt, and dissent are discouraged.

Diaprax techniques are used to suppress doubts about the group and its leaders.

The leadership dictates, sometimes in great detail, how members should think, act, and feel .

The group claims a special, exalted or anointed status for itself, its leaders, and members.

The group has a polarized us-versus-them mentality.

The group's leader is not accountable to any particular authority structure.

The group teaches or implies that the ends justify the means.

The leadership tends to use guilt trips on members in order to control them.

Members' subservience to the group causes them to cut ties with family and friends, and to give up personal goals and activities that were of interest before joining the group.

Members are expected to devote inordinate amounts of time to the group.

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

Do you feel that no matter how hard you try, the good deeds you perform for your group are never quite enough? As a result of this do you often feel plagued with feelings of guilt?

What are you motivated by? Is it genuine love for God and the group etc. or is it fear of not meeting the desired standards?

Is reading any literature critical of the group discouraged?

Does everyone in your groups dress, act, and talk more or less the same?

Does everyone in the group believe exactly the same things the group leaders tell them to believe? Is there no room for individual belief, or opinion even in minor areas?

Does the group wear two faces? Does it attempt to present itself to potential converts and the public as a group of people who are like one large happy family when, in actuality, many members feel unfulfilled and emotionally exhausted?

Have you attempted to or been encouraged to disable your own God given critical thinking abilities by shelving various doubts about the group or groupís teachings etc.

Are those in the group who do not conform to the requirements of the movementís teaching treated with suspicion, as if they are second-class members?

Does the group tend to withhold certain information from the potential convert? Are the more unusual doctrines of the group not discussed until an individual is more deeply involved in the movement?

Would you feel fearful of leaving the group?

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