"Cult" is a pretty sinister word. It's laden with baggage and implied meaning. In one sense every organization is a cult. Lots of different concepts bring us together: nationality, sports teams, religions, occupations and more. Concepts which unify groups make them cult-like in varying degrees. Some groups, like fans of a favorite sports team, tend to be harmless "cults." And then there are cults of a more sinister variety: the kind that control your mind, your finances, your sexuality, your relationships, and even your very identity.

The point of this site is to help you identify the features that distinguish controlling, potentially harmful groups from safe ones.

This survey is designed to give you feedback without judgement or bias. We don't even ask what organization you're evaluating until after you see your results. Expect to spend 15-20 minutes to complete the questions.

The concepts we use to assess the degree of danger are drawn from cult expert Steve Hassan's book, Combatting Cult Mind Control . If, at the end of this process you feel there could be cause for concern (and it takes profound moral courage to be open to that possibility), we encourage you to read Mr. Hassan's book, or other information for yourself to determine if you are being exploited.