Cult Danger Evaluation Frame

Rate each from 1 to 10, with 1 being Very Low and 10 being Very High

  1. Internal Control: Amount of internal political power exercised by leader(s) over members.
  2. Wisdom Claimed: By leader(s); amount of infallibility declared about decisions.
  3. Wisdom Credited: To leader(s) by members; amount of trust in decisions made by leaders.
  4. Dogma: Rigidity of reality concepts taught; amount of doctrinal inflexibility.
  5. Recruiting: Emphasis put on attracting new members; amount of proselytizing.
  6. Front Groups: Number of subsidiary groups using different names from that of main group.
  7. Wealth: Amount of money and/or property desired or obtained; emphasis on members' donations.
  8. Political Power: Amount of external political influence desired or obtained.
  9. Sexual Manipulation: Of members by leader(s); amount of control over sex lives of members.
  10. Censorship: Amount of control over members' access to outside opinions on group, its doctrines or leader(s).
  11. Dropout Control: Intensity of efforts directed at preventing or returning dropouts.
  12. Endorsement of Violence: When used by or for the group or its leader(s).
  13. Paranoia: Amount of fear concerning real or imagined enemies; perceived power of opponents.
  14. Grimness: Amount of disapproval concerning jokes about the group, its doctrine, or leader(s).
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