Many people who are caught up in high control, high demand groups and or relations are often conditioned to not question things.
Always be wary of anyone who tries to prevent you from questioning. Protect your freedom and autonomy. Learn to recognize common recruitment tactics and situations.
- People who are excessively or inappropriately friendly; there are few genuine instant friendships.
- People who are very persistent in trying to get you to join, and won’t take no for answer.
- People with invitations to free meals, lectures, and workshops.
- People who demand secrecy from you.
- People who make you feel like there’s something wrong with you if you’re not interested in joining.
- People with simplistic answers or solutions to complex world problems.
- People who try to play on your guilt; you don’t always have to reciprocate a kindness, especially when it may have been a way to manipulate you.
- People who are vague or evasive. If they are hiding something, it’s usually because they don’t want you to know the real answer.
- People who claim to be just like you, so you feel you have a lot in common.
- People who confidently promise that they can help you solve your problems, especially when they know little about you.
- People, who make grand claims about how their group can save mankind, help you achieve enlightenment or show the road to happiness.
- People who always seem happy
- People who claim they or their group is really special, even the most special.
- People who promise quick solutions to difficult problems.
- People who put down reason and critical thinking, and tell you not to ask questions about the group – just open your mind to it.