[–] [Deleted] 24 points (+24|-0)

And that is how you know it's a cult. Once you leave the cult you must be vilified and excommunicated, because your testimony is at risk of convincing others to leave and they can't have that

[–] pennygadget 22 points (+22|-0)

Its exactly like a cult. Going from being constantly love-bombed to being shunned mirrors the experiences of people who leave fundamentalist religious communities. Its a tactic to keep people from leaving

[–] [Deleted] 13 points (+13|-0)

Yes, and to keep people who have 'wrong thought' in the cult from speaking about their disagreement (which means that it can never get to a balanced nuanced place...bc that only happens through self reflection and discourse)