I really don't appreciate @onan and others from the church of the subgenius attempting to use cult recruiting tactics on me.

I grew up in a cult. I'm done with them. Trying to use those psychological recruitment techniques on me, I find particularly abhorrent.

I'm pissed, which is better than the alternative which would be being triggered to seeking to appease through the previously ingrained cult indoctrination of my life.

Here's some things to look out for with cult recruiting:

Spouting nonsense, or talking about some deeper truth which only the enlightened few can truly comprehend. This seeks to push the "gotta know" buttons in someone's head, which encourages them to poke deeper to try to gain some of this deeper truth.

Love bombing. This is what it sounds like. A target is identified and they are surrounded with people telling them that they're good and right about everything, then dropping an invite to be a part of the cult. The people doing the love bombing will typically express an interest in the target's interests, to make the target feel like the love bombers really get them.

Isolation. This is usually physical isolation, but can also manifest as psychological isolation. Targets/subjects are isolated from familiar things and people once they are ensnared. For meatspace cults, this is can be done, for example, through a "weekend retreat into the woods" which actually lasts several weeks. The Mormon church does this by sending members on missions far away, to isolate them from their family.

There is also psychological isolation, where the subject is isolated and alienated from familiar people through having their mannerisms, way of dress, and way of speaking and relating to the world altered to make them unfamiliar and unrelatable to people outside the cult. The subject will find themselves shunned and distrusted by the people they seek to connect with outside of the cult, which will usually cause them to seek familiarity with the perceived safe and supportive environment of the cult.

Lastly, people who are under a lot of stress, and are already isolated from social support networks, such as those who are perpetually online, are more susceptible to cult recruitment techniques. Usually this manifests through the subject being identified and targeted for recruitment, but it is also possible to target someone for recruitment, and induce this stress and isolation.

Another way that it's possible to induce stress in a subject would be to intentionally cultivate a social environment which is stressful, and hard to understand, and try to lure in people with the promise of knowledge, of understanding. This goes along with item 1, spouting nonsense.

So, a way that this might all come together for a coordinated recruitment effort, would be timing a deluge of nonsensical bullshit, for example a spoof or ironic-not-ironic suicide cult "the aliens are coming to rapture us, don't be left behind!" Timed to coincide with a time which they can predict will be a very broadly stressful time for the target audience of this deluge of bullshit, like July 4th, and then when any person inquires into their bullshit, they are invited to become enlightened.

Hey, Onan. You fucking asshole. Quit preying on vulnerable people. If you want friends, fucking talk to people like people. All this bullshit? It's unnecessary, abusive, and exploitative.

Knock it off.

log off based or stay online long enough to see yourself become cringe

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