Is [insert group here] a cult?
Put whatever you want in that sentence - we've been asked it!
The answer to "is this group a cult?" is always: maybe? it's complicated. Probably, but even if it is you won't do any good calling them that. Not if you want to help people leave.
If our objective was to keep a list of cults then we'd spend all our time trolling internet forums. That said, classifying the ways that cults manifest in our society can be beneficial.
Rather than provide an exhaustive list of groups, PLC wants to educate you about where you might see coercion in our society. This way, you can share your knowledge and aid others as they recover from coercive influences.
Types of Cults
The classic example: fiery sermons, strange rituals, and charismatic leaders. And perhaps... more.
Is "Cult" a Pejorative?
At PLC, we actively aim to avoid the use of cult as a pejorative (expressing contempt or disapproval).
This does not mean we don't believe cults aren't harmful!
Our goal is to remove the stigma surrounding these groups and bring compassion to people who need recovery.
"I think there will always be cults because born into this world will always be people like us who are open, who are wanting to learn, who are wanting to grow, who are a bit trusting - because we have no reason not to be in a lot of situations and we're going to be vulnerable. There are people also simultaneously born into the world who feel totally entitled to take over someone else's life."