Symptoms of cultish-ness: crime, abuse, immaturity, "us vs. them" attitude toward the outside world or factions within the group, leader unqualified but codependents cover up to save face - no matter who suffers.
Resources at This Site . . .
Cultic Information - research and writing by others, collected for this site, including: common characteristics of cults, writings by Steven Gelberg, and consequences of cultic involvement.
Betrayal of the Spirit: My Life behind the Headlines of the Hare Krishna Movement - Nori Muster's memoir of ten years in ISKCON. This link includes the book's synopsis, excerpts, reviewes, and documentation.
Cultic Studies - more research and writing by Nori, including: Myth and Themes of Ex-membership, Life as a Woman on Watseka Avenue, and other essays and papers published by ICSA or as chapters in anthologies.
Children of Cults - research and writing on this subject by Nori, including Authoritarian Culture and Child Abuse in ISKCON, Child Abuse Symptoms and information for survivors, and the ISKCON timeline.
Books and Links - memoirs, and other books and sites to explain how cults work.