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Yeah totally not a cult! But...all the signs are there...and you can't seem to separate your identity from them...but you're right. Totally not a cult.

Have you ever run across a group of people that are so committed to one specific choice in their lifestyle that it's alarming? They can't seem to let go of it no matter what?

They might be in a cult....even if it's not a cult. It's a cult.


u/j_estoner asked:

What's something that's "not a cult" but feels like a cult?

Here were some of those answers.

A Good Old Pyramid Scheme

Salesforce. No, I don't want to build a community, go hiking or join a hundred online classes to learn the basics. Make a couple of well-explained, to-the-point training videos ffs.

pmyourkeys

See? Told Ya

The Herbalife organization. They were charged with being a pyramid scheme, but they still operate in a similar way. There are several people I grew up with who became hooked on it, and they definitely act like they're in a cult.

anonymous_chaos_

I worked with a Herbalife rep and we got along well until one day we were talking about the gym and he was giving me tips. The conversation ended up as a sales pitch for me to buy the products he was selling and I honestly didn't talk to him much after that.

easymrorange

Hotter Or Notter?

Peloton. My dad hasn't stopped talking about his since getting it a year ago and went so far as to buy me one for Xmas this year. Which is super generous and my fat @ss will totally benefit but feels like I'm being indoctrinated into something.

The instructors are really intense and say culty things. I think the idea is to physically torture you to the point that you don't notice you're being programmed to spread Peloton gospel to anyone who will listen. I've been so bored that joining a cult where I get hotter sounds ok though.

britset

The Church Of Food Processing

People who own Thermomix machines. Spend that much on an over-elaborate food processor and I guess you need to double-down but man, they just won't shut the f**k up about how it changed their life, oh cooking is sooo different for me now, oh it's just sooo convenient.

Having said that, I did once go to a 'Thermomix Party', where they try to mind-wash you into their not-a-cult, because the lady that invited me was recently divorced and pretty hot and I figured why not give it a shot - I never particularly liked her ex-husband, so could have been a multi-bird stone throw. I barely made it out alive without my wallet being lightened a couple of grand - man, the sales pressure was intense.

Pharmacodynamical

Let's Not Pay You

Working for a nonprofit. They tend to refer to employees as a "family" working for a cause, which wouldn't be culty on its own...but they definitely use it to manipulate employees to work themselves half to death & set a culture where boundaries are thought of as not being invested in the mission. They also use your passion for the mission to justify working you harder/paying you less.

Don't get me wrong, I absolutely love my job and what I get to do. But I'm old enough to see what's been done to me over the years. The rotating door of young employees who are worked to burnout and replaced though, I feel bad for. It's a hard lesson to learn.

carlyv22

Making Unhealthy Even Worse

Eating disorders and any pro-eating disorder sites. Those who have an eating disorder often view their disorder as their "best friend" giving them names like Ana and Mia. And then there are those sites to make it worse. They treat eating disorders like they are sacred and often post "rules" in a cultish way. One site I used to visit in my dark days even had the '10 commandments of ana' now if that doesn't sound cultish idk what does. Don't even make me start about the "weightloss coaches" on there.

DolceFulmine

Burners Unite

I've wanted to go for a long time for the music and art, but could not stand the vibe people got about it who went.

I remember friends going and suddenly totally changing their friend groups. And a friend saying "He's cool - he's a burner."

It's really sad to me though. I'm a lover of less commercial electronic music and would love to see the amazing art and cars, but I feel like I'd find the "burners" the most exhausting aspect. Only really because they preach being yourself and yet they all kind of look/act the same.

aqua_tec

Uni Pride

I have lived in Pennsylvania my entire life, and it would be hard to convince me that Penn State is not a cult. If you listen to people who have graduated Penn State you'd know. No other college is as good as Penn State. No other college has sports like Penn State.

No other colleges teach subjects like Penn State. No other college has a building like Penn State. No other college allows their students to use the library like Penn State. No other college lets their students use the bathrooms like Penn State. No other college has a roof that stops rain like Penn State. No other college allows students to walk down the sidewalk like Penn State. If any other college has anything, you bet your a** Penn State has it at least twice as good. I hate college pride, and Penn State gets the most of it in my area.

lusciouslou91

Oh Look! Tons Of Red Flags!

The Order of The Arrow in the Boy Scouts. Technically an approved organization, but its cultish as hell. It's funny, because they make you do this big induction campout, and the day after I got back from mine, my english teacher gave a lecture on how to identify a cult, and it hit a lot of red flags.

CommunistNo2735

Not All Families Are Healthy

Some families.

If you're inside the family, you are accepted no matter what and you don't question anything.

If you're outside the family, you are treated politely but don't really matter much unless you act as part of the family.

If you were part of the family, but "betray" them, you are excommunicated and they spread lies about you.

amalgaman

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