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These items may be more of interest to students and researchers. Students - check FAIR News & Archive, and/or subscribe, so that you are more familiar with the activities of a particular group, or cults more generally. It is better to be informed before someone inflicts a hard sell on you.

You are likely to be approached by friends or colleagues who have already been recruited by cults. Watch for changes of behaviour in those close to you. Recruiters will be under pressure to bring in new energy, labour and money to their cult. Remember that most groups are only interested in exploiting you for your time and money.

Watch out for pushy individuals, especially when they ask you for money or try to introduce new ideas or concepts to you. Recruitment techniques can be very sophisticated, and cult members can seem very friendly or persuasive.

Be wary of anyone who spends all of their time trying to persuade you of something, and if in doubt do some research on the internet, or in your library. Make sure to cast the net wide and deep. Some cults have persuaded academics to write favourably about them. Other cults have produced their own books, films and promotional material to make their case.

If, as an academic or researcher, you are researching something you suspect to be a dangerous cult, you may find FAIR News & Archive useful in showing the activities of a particular group, or cults more generally. If you consider the group to be harmless, perhaps some of the articles may surprise you.

Because totalitarian cults tend to use deception as part of their public relations, be wary of any information which you find produced by the group itself, or the apparently kind attention of its representatives, who are always interested and suspicious of anyone conducting research. Sometimes, as noted, cults have bought other researchers, so it is always worth corroborating any source material you may have. A group described as harmless in one source may have another very critical opinion of it elsewhere.

You should also be aware that some cults have a record of suppressing freedom of speech, and researchers who discover uncomfortable truths may be the target of harassment.