Rick Ross on thought reform:
People in James Swartz's Shiningworld group should question Swartz's motivations, and inquire whether or not Shiningworld is a cult. They should compare experiences within the group with the checklist Mr. Ross provides.
It's not easy to use critical thinking when one is inside the group.
Getting outside, and away from the group, may help one to think things through rationally.
Sometimes though, trusting one's "gut" can be even more powerful than trying to mentally make sense of things.
If I feel something is not right...perhaps it truly is not right!