These groups display cult-like compliance with a set of beliefs and assumptions; they stifle any dissent which might challenge the group’s sense of specialness; and they will ruthlessly attack, devalue, and drive out anyone outside the group who dares to express different ideas that could challenge their group homeostasis.

However, they lack one of the critical components of a true cult: they have no guru/leader who dictates the group’s beliefs, demands and receives complete obedience, and tells members how they may behave.

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