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A cult will invariably attempt to isolate its members from the general population.
The members will be encouraged to only associate with people who are members of the cult. It is more of the us against them mind set.
One of the ways this can be accomplished is to have an activity planned for every night of the week.
Another is to have such a radical dress code that the members are uncomfortable around outsiders.
Also effective is hammering the idea that anyone not of the cult is somehow unclean and this uncleanliness can easily wash off onto the member thereby rendering the member unfit for fellowship in the cult.
The new member is always asked to do something that is out of the norm for him and that will tend to separate him from his former friends and associates.
Wearing spiritual clothing unique to the organization is one of the first indicators of a cult.
Since one of the prime objectives of a theological cult is to isolate the member from outside influences.the cult must get you to "voluntarily" isolate yourself in every way possible from the population at large.
In addition to that interpersonal relationships within the cult are also discouraged.
The cult will have regular indoctrination meetings in which they continually reinforce these concepts. This is designed to place these ideas in the permanent storage area of the brain. Then whenever a there is a thought the responses reparatory automatically filters thoughts that are not in conformity to the cult.
This is especially important because of the massive amounts of information available on the internet.
The member must be taught that everything is cult centered. If something good happens it is because a rule of the cult was followed. If something bad happens it is because a rule of the cult was broken.
This teaches the member to direct their every thought toward the enhancement of the cult.
Eventually the mind controlled member will channel all thoughts toward compliance with the arbitrarily set rules of the cult.
Having accomplished this goal, the cult then assumes complete dictatorial power over the member.
One of the ways that they apply this technique is to have activities for the group to which only members are invited. If the cult is able to cause the member to only associate with other members then the members will begin to self-isolate.
The control of the information a cult member may use is critical to the ongoing power of the cult.
The very first thing is, on first contact, present only that information that enhances the position of the cult.
This can be done by overwhelming the contact with reading material to support the cult's position.
Once the reading is well under way the mark is bombarded testimony or witnessing.
Demonizing is also a method by which mind control is implemented and enforced.
Although there are aspects of music, literature, and art that are offensive to a certain percentage of the population, the right of the individual to choose what is acceptable or not should not be denied them as it is in a cult environment.
If the cult wants to control information one of the first things they so is control input from the arts.
The member must be schooled to ask themselves "Is this acceptable to the cult?" before any activity.
In order to control information, associations and friendships outside the cult are discouraged. If the member has informational exchange outside the corral, new or different ideas that could conflict with the dogma might come up.
Then the member might start thinking on their own.
Continuous, repetitive input of the information a the cult wants implanted in the subconscious of the member is essential. Therefore it is necessary for the cult to have approved literature for the member to read and re-read.
The cult will have implanted a feedback system wherein a member who observes another member assimilating un-approved information will report this to an appropriate authority;
The member is aware of this and either avoids un-approved information or conceals that consumption of this information.