[–] [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)

[–] arylcyclohexie 12 points (+12|-0)

yes, they don't want my testimony because it would blow them out of the water and expose their ridiculousness to anyone who happens to be listening.

[–] ComplicatedSpirit 8 points (+8|-0) Edited

Even trying to stop detransitioners from talking to others on the outside. I know at least one academic study on detransitioners was shut down because TRAs raised hell about how these people shouldn’t be allowed to talk about themselves.

Cult Tactic #8: Do not talk to the apostate. Their mind has always been polluted. Instead, remember that your purpose is to protect the community from The Apostate. If you suspected The Apostate has been speaking to others concerning The Community (you must remember that everything The Apostate says is lies,) STOP THEM. Do not give The Apostate an opportunity to malign The Community, either to you or to anyone else. Do not communicate with The Apostate. Do not let the Apostate gain the opportunity to pollute you or others. 🙏 UwU 🙏

[–] itscallednyotaika 4 points (+4|-0) Edited

i wonder how otherkin and plurals and equivalent delusional identities handle someone coming to their senses.