The original for this was writen by a former member of Yogi Bhajan's fake Sikh group the kundalini yoga Happy Healthy Holy Organzation, aka 3HO.
It describes what it looks like after one has made so long a social commute that one is mostly hanging out with members who share the same beliefs.
Now..what I will do is take the liberty of re-writing just a little bit here and there. Feel free to read the original.
]"You know you're in a 'cult' when"
September 4, 1999
By Siri Seriously Singh, S.S.S.
The pages of your phone book are all filled up almost exclusively with other members of your group.
(Your mobile phone is full of numbers and websites for other members of your group. And has a picture of your guru or avatar in it.)
All or most persons on your Facebook page are either members of the group--or make you look good to the group.
The wallpaper for your computer or phone screen is designed to remind you of your ashram or worship sanctuary.
Your iPod is full of music from your group.
You spend your date or honeymoon in a hotel owned or run by the group or at least by someone who follows a guru.
You spend your honeymoon in some city your guru visited.
The only real vacation you've taken in 20 years is a group sponsored retreat for some courses.
The only way you really know what's going on "in the real world", is by watching movies, which you do quite frequently.
You're really worried that you forgot to prepare your food as the group says.
Even your daughter's dolls look like group members.
All of your son's animals also are dressed up like members.
The only music that you own comes from your organization or its authorized list.
You think that most people that aren't in your group are alcoholics, drug addicts, or neurotic (unless of course, they're friends with your leader).
You were once an alcoholic, or had friends who died during the drug scene you were in with them. You are terrified you will lapse back to your sordid past unless you follow your religion.
The only things you can remember about your past are the painful parts.
You are in a profession based on evidence based science, you put up with all the statistics and research design classes so you could pass, get your license, but now you're a full on believer in your groups non falsifiable doctrines of astrology, past lives, avatars, kuli yuga. You live a split life between mainstream society what you actually believe as part of your religion. But you bring credibility to your group.
You wonder how it is that you can have a health problem when you know you've done everything just right like you were told by your group and its leader.
When you have health or stress problems you go to practitioners who are part of the group. So you lack an outside perspective on how strange your life has become.
You take a financial hit so you can move closer to where the group has its main sanctuary, because you notice that only people who live nearby and in the same city or town have prospects of promotion within the group.
The real estate agent who helps you find that new house or apartment is also a member of the group.
The only way you can really like people is when they are members of, or potential recruits for your group. Your old friends get edgy and stop seeing you, not because they dont love you--it is because they get the creeps seeing the picture of your guru.
You do your two and half-hours of evening meditation and still wonder if that was enough and feel bad because you think you can never really do enough.
You stop wearing colors you like and that suit you, because you are under pressure to wear colors and types of clothes favored by your leader.
Your leader or the persons favored by the leader decorate their houses and plant their gardens with only certain types or colors. You do it too.
You wear jewelery that doesnt even suit you because you are supposed to wear it.
Even though you might think that a piece of clothing looks good that's "not approved"--you don't even allow yourself to want it.
You think all the other groups just like yours are "cults," but not yours.
You think all the other groups just like yours don't ask enough of their members, but yours is better-- because you have to do even more than they do.
A lot of stuff that you used to think was really weird you are now doing.
You protested the Establishment when you were a hippie or a punk musician, but now you've become even more Establishment than your parents were.
Even though you told yourself that you would never bow down to a human being--you just touched your teacher's feet. Or worse, compromised your own moral principles.
You don't care anymore who understands and who doesn't if they're not in your group.
Even though you wouldn't trust your mother to make dinner for you--you now trust group members with your child.
You find it easier to forgive your friend's husband for arbitrarily, abandoning his children and stealing her money--than to forgive her for disobeying a group rule.
Your group states only sex within marriage is permissible. But they find ways to re-define what 'marriage' actually is.
Especially the leader.
Outsiders see pictures of or meet your guru and either laugh or are given the creeps.
Your old friends fade away. You feel hesitant to ask them why because you fear they will tell you what they actually think about your guru and that the way you are decorating your house is giving them the creeps.
And they may have learned things about your group that they feel afraid to tell you because they know it will break your heart or cause you to say cruel things to them.
They want to preserve good memories of you and hope you wake up. So they slink away and hope someday to hear from you when you are finally having doubts--or you've been kicked out.
Keep their phone numbers and give them a call.
Or look them up on Facebook.