If You Are…

Teacher or Lecturer

Those involved in education have a particularly important role in making pupils and students aware of the dangers of cultic involvement. Browse our articles and subscribe to FAIR News to see how schools and universities have been targetted by cults over the years.

Pupils and students, children and young adults, are especially vulnerable to manipulation and recruitment by cults, partly because they are more impressionable, but also because pupils and students are away from home, and the attention of their parents: in the case of universities this can be for long periods. Often the only authority to watch over them at these times are educational staff.

Cults often try to manipulate children and young adults at schools or universities in societies or groups, or extra–curricular sessions. They will often use other young people whom they have already brought under their sway to recruit their peers, or use internet resources, or leaflets.

Sometimes, cults will try to manipulate teachers or lecturers themselves, and there are cases when educational staff have been approached by cults, often using a front group which conceals the group’s identity and agenda, in order that the doctrine (presented as management courses, for example) can be inflicted on your colleagues.

Watch for sudden changes in behaviour, either in your students or colleagues.

Schools, colleges and universities make ideal places for cults to spread their doctrine, manipulate and recruit, because they are places which rely on trust and learning, and are when people (whether teachers or students) are most receptive to ideas.

Academic or Researcher

Those involved in research are exposed to cults in quite a different way to those in other areas, because they are used to seeking out information rather than having misinformation and propaganda foisted upon them.

This does not, however, mean that a researcher is safe from the clutches of cults, and there are purported academics who have been beguiled by cults and become their apologists. A harmful cult will try to win as many references and plaudits as it can, and the backing of an academic will suit its purposes nicely.

If you are researching something you suspect to be a dangerous cult, you may find FAIR News & Archive useful in showing the activities of a particular group, or cults more generally. If you consider the group to be harmless, perhaps some of the articles may surprise you.

Because totalitarian cults tend to use deception as part of their public relations, be wary of any information which you find produced by the group itself, or the apparently kind attention of its representatives, who are always interested and suspicious of anyone conducting research. Sometimes, as noted, cults have bought other researchers, so it is always worth corroborating any source material you may have. A group described as harmless in one source may have another very critical opinion of it elsewhere.

You should also be aware that some cults have a record of suppressing freedom of speech, and researchers who discover uncomfortable truths may be the target of harassment.

 

Journalist

Those involved in journalism are exposed to cults in quite a different way to those in other areas, because they are used to digging deep for information and are likely not to accept at face value what they are told.

This does not, however, mean that a journalist is safe from the clutches of cults, and there are purported reporters who have been beguiled by cults and become their apologists. A harmful cult will try to win as many references and plaudits as it can, and the backing of a journalist will suit its purposes nicely.

If you are working for a newspaper, radio or television and find what you suspect to be a dangerous cult, you may find FAIR News & Archive useful in showing the activities of a particular group, or cults more generally. If you consider the group to be harmless, perhaps some of the articles may surprise you.

Because totalitarian cults tend to use deception as part of their public relations, be wary of any information which you find produced by the group itself, or the apparently kind attention of its representatives, who are always interested and suspicious of a journalist carrying out research. Sometimes, as noted, cults have spies or their own investigative journalists whom they have bought or deceived, so it is always worth corroborating any sources, and watching for unwanted interference, either covert or overt. Some cults are capable of very nasty harassment. Be particularly careful in any undercover work you may carry out. Some investigative journalists, even critical ones, have fallen victim to the powerful, insidious indoctrination techniques of cults.

Student

If you are a pupil at school or a student at university, you should be aware that dangerous cults deliberately target you and those like you. They like to recruit young and intelligent people to their ranks because young, intelligent and energetic people are obviously more useful to cults than more apathetic and less intelligent individuals.

You are not immune to the psychological techniques employed by some manipulative cults. Nobody is. Intelligent and strong individuals are every bit as vulnerable as their less gifted counterparts. Even highly cynical and suspicious people are recruited by the more sophisticated groups.

Check FAIR News & Archive, and/or subscribe, so that you are more familiar with the activities of a particular group, or cults more generally. It is better to be informed before someone inflicts a hard sell on you.

You are likely to be approached by friends or colleagues who have already been recruited by cults. Watch for changes of behaviour in those close to you. Recruiters will be under pressure to bring in new energy, labour and money to their cult. Remember that most groups are only interested in exploiting you for your time and money.

Watch out for pushy individuals, especially when they ask you for money or try to introduce new ideas or concepts to you. Recruitment techniques can be very sophisticated, and cult members can seem very friendly or persuasive.

Be wary of anyone who spends all of their time trying to persuade you of something, and if in doubt do some research on the internet, or in your library. Make sure to cast the net wide and deep. Some cults have persuaded academics to write favourably about them. Other cults have produced their own books, films and promotional material to make their case.

Parent

Every parent should be aware of the dangers of cultic involvement, because families are on the front line and suffer hugely, sometimes being split up by the havoc wreaked by cults. Browse our articles and subscribe to FAIR News to see how children and young adults have been targetted by cults over the years.

Your children are especially vulnerable to manipulation and recruitment by cults because they are impressionable. It may be during teenage years when children begin to develop their own ideas and question those they have inherited from you. Cults take advantage of this. Also, your children are vulnerable as pupils and students when away from home, especially when at university. Often the only authority to watch over them at these times are educational staff.

Cults need to take children away from home in order to monopolise their time, money, labour and remove them from balanced and healthy relationships. Watch for sudden changes in behaviour, and remember to be patient with your child. Angry reactions, though natural, help no one. Even if they have become very unpleasant, it may be that they have been subjected to surprisingly subtle but traumatic indoctrination. Always think twice about giving your child any money if they are in a totalitarian cult.

Sometimes, cults will try to manipulate you as parents. They would rather recruit you or have you remain silent. Do not buy their story outright – check this website and elsewhere. Also be aware that in public relations many of these groups are slick operators who have bought academics and other apparently objective authorities.

Be thorough in your researches, and look for evidence to back any claims made to persuade you that everything is all right!

Ex-member or Member

If you are an ex-member of a cult, you will be aware of the damage inflicted upon you, but you can always provide your story to make sure others do not fall into the same trap as you did. Please contact us if you would like to publicise your story. If you need help, please see the links page: help is out there. FAIR News & Archive is an information service only, and does not offer advice and support.

If you a are a member of a cult, the fact you reading FAIR News & Archive shows that you are likely to have doubts, or else you are researching the enemy. In either case, remember that this resource represents more than thirty years’ experience. We ask you to read the articles and check them against other information you might find, and ask questions of what appears on face value to be your group’s truths.

Counseller

Those involved in counselling have a massive responsibility in the cult field. You are approached by individuals in need of assistance, and may be familiar with distressed clients. Please remember that ex-members of cults have often been away from the “real world” for some time, and have been subject to dissociative, traumatic, psychologically and sometimes physically abusive experiences. They may be poorly qualified to deal with the real world, and be short of money. Browse our articles and subscribe to FAIR News to see how people have been targetted by cults over the years.

Sometimes former members have been through counselling whilst inside the cult which enslaved them, and they may be suspicious of what they see as confessional services (used by some cults to gather information for blackmail) or being asked for money (as they are likely to have been financially exploited). The experience is sometimes similar to abusive relationships involving domestic violence.