of people who are excessivelyfriendly
of people with invitations to freemeals and retreats
of people who recruit youthrough guilt
of people who want your nameand phone number but won't give you
Not all cults are religious groups.There are also political, social,psychological and financial groups that are considered cults. What these groups have in common are the
characteristics of mind control.
KEEP IN MIND
Cults deliberately keep their true naturehiddenTrust your instincts about a group. If you areuncomfortable at any stage, get out!Everyone is vulnerable during certain 'low'periods in his/her life. Don't feel embar-rassed at having been involved.GET HELP!You as a consumer have a right to haveyour questions answered. You have a rightto make choicesAny legitimate group will be more thanhappy to tell you about the beliefs of thegroup
If you feel that you or a friend or familymember has been subjected to mindcontrol or cult recruitment, you maycontact:
Office of Student Affairs103 Central Square736-5144*If possible, please provide the name(s) of therecruiter(s), and the organizationFor ongoing help contact:York Counselling and Development Centre145 Behavioural Sciences Building(416)736-5297York Inter-Faith Council103 Central Square(416)736-5144
Combatting Cult Mind Control,Steve Hassan; Park Street Press, 1990Cults (What Parents Should Know), JoanCarol Ross and Michael D. Langone;Carol Publishing
“What Is A Cult: And How Does It Work?”"Cults: Saying NO Under Pressure”"Surrender"
·AII of these are available through theOffice of Student AffairsThis pamphlet was produced by theOffice of Student AffairsYork UniversityMay 1998
What to be aware of,What to do
“It is possible, given total control of a person'senvironment, to turn his/her mind in a veryshort time. Coercive persuasion-brainwashing-can be achieved by removing the recruit fromnormal routines and beliefs into a controlledenvironment.”-Margaret Singer, Ph.D., University of CaliforniaPsychologist