If you have been involved in a group that aimed to:
Cut off your relationships
Focus most of your attention on one set of activities
Promise a view of spirituality or well-being that was exclusive to the direction of one person or a small group of people
Defer power and personal decisions to the preferences of a leader
Publicly shame its members
Denigrate most other methods of self-care
. . . then you have likely gone through a very common, yet rarely spoken-about experience of cultic coercive control. Our experiences in these groups are all unique, but, it turns out, have common elements that generations of experts have begun to document, research, and de-mystify.